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Fatima Khan

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Fatima Khan is the Director of the Refugee Rights Unit, a research Unit incorporating a legal practice registered with the Cape Law Society. She is also a senior lecturer and researcher and lectures the Refugee Law Course to the final year LLB students as well as Refugee law and Human Rights course to students at a Masters level (LLM, MPhil).

She has completed her BA, HDE, LLB, LLM (University of Cape Town) and is currently a PHD candidate concentrating on Refugee Law/Public Law at UCT.

Fatima has written and co-written six chapters in the textbook; Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014), and edited the remaining eight chapters.

  • Khan F. ‘Chapter one – The Principle of Non-refoulement’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 3 – 20;
  • Khan F. ‘Chapter Two – The Alienage requirement’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 20 – 33;
  • Khan F. ‘Chapter  Three – The well-founded fear of persecution’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 34 – 45;
  • Khan F. & de Jager J. ‘Chapter Four – Persecution’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 46 – 73;
  • Khan F., Dass D., Klaaren J. & Ramjathan-Keogh K. ‘Chapter Eleven – The Civil and Political Rights of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 203 – 219;
  • Khan F., Dass D. & Ramjathan-Keogh K. ‘Chapter Twelve – The socio-economic rights of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa’ in Khan F. & Schreier (eds.) Refugee Law in South Africa (2014) pp. 220 – 233.

She is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Refugee Law Reader: Cases, Documents and Materials (7th edition), a comprehensive on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. 

She has also done collaborative research as a World Wide University Network (WUN) member with the following universities and institutions; University of Auckland, University of Bergen, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Leeds, Maastricht University, University of Sheffield, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, Zhejiang University, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland and University of Oxford

Fatima has hosted several conferences; see below for a selection of papers and talks delivered

  • 2005 - Cape Town - South African Human Rights Commission (host) - The right to seek asylum – Clarifying the presence of refugees in South Africa?
  • 2006 - Cape Town - Minister of Home Affairs(host) – Indaba for refugee women: Noting the vulnerability of refugee women in status determinations
  • 2007 - Geneva – UNHCR (host) Pre-Excom: Local Integration as the preferred solution for Refugees.
  • 2007 - Italy - Loreto Scalabrini (hosts) Patterns and policies of migration in South Africa: Changing patterns and the need for a comprehensive approach
  • 2008 - Parliament Cape Town. Opening address for the DHA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (host) – Highlighting the Xenophobia faced by refugees in South Africa
  • 2009- Geneva - Africa (Experts meeting by invitation of the UN High Commissioner) Urban Refugee Policy – Commenting on the applicability of the UNHCR’s Urban policy for South Africa.
  • 2011 - Johannesburg - Foundation for Human Rights (host) – The rights of refugees in South Africa.
  • 2013 –Hosted a UNHCR Expert Roundtable on “serious disturbance of the public order.

2014 - UCT and UNHCR Conference attended by SADC government officials. Lecture - The extended reach of the principle of non-refo