No country of asylum: 'legitimizing' Lebanon's rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention

How do States ‘legitimize’ their non-ratification of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees? This talk will examine the case of Lebanon, a country frequently hailed by the international community for its generosity towards refugees, and currently hosting the highest number of refugees in the world in proportion to its population size. While Lebanon engaged actively in the establishment of the international refugee regime, it has long insisted that it is not a country of asylum and steadfastly rejects ratification of the major refugee law instruments. Based on field research in Lebanon, the talk will explore four main arguments as to why Lebanon continues to resist ratification of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its Protocol.