Parrhesia and credibility: the covereign of refugee status determination

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the correlation between credibility and the concept of sovereignty in international law and their relationship to truth. Empirically, the authors focus on the credibility assessment informing the refugee determination procedure operated by the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Refugees. The authors do not provide a rationalised explanation of credibility assessment in terms of a legal procedure turning on probative models of evidence. Instead, the authors attempt to draw out a concurrent phenomenon of credibility assessment, which tests the truth of what it means to be human. This is a political question that requires a consideration of the tension between personal sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and the process of political subjectivisation that conditions that tension.

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Authors
  • Jennifer Beard
  • Gregor Noll
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Research areas and keywords

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  • Law

Keywords

  • public international law, credibility, sovereignty, refugee status determination, truth
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-477
JournalSocial & Legal Studies
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes