Jasmin Fritzsche-El Shewy

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PhD Student

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.21
44789 Bochum

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Research Interests

  • Legal Geography
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Refugee Law and Refugee Protection
  • Forced Secondary Displacement

Current Project

The Secondary Forced Displacement of Palestinian Refugees - A Case Apart?

In recent years, a significant number of refugees have been re-displaced from or within their country of refuge. Most recently, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees have been affected by the conflict in Syria. With displacement being defined in relation to the country of origin, secondary forced displacements are not explicitly accounted for under international law. Thus, multi-layered displacements such as those occurring in Syria leave non-citizens, i.e. refugees, facing a protection gap. This gap becomes particularly apparent in cases of protracted displacement and statelessness. The objective of my doctoral research is to scrutinise the status of refugees under international law in cases of secondary forced displacement. Looking at the manifestations of law on space and vice versa, it asks if the conceptualisation of secondary forced displacement as "overlapping refugeedoms" offers a tool to more comprehensively scrutinise the normative protection of secondary displaced refugees under international law? At the core of this study, I critically engage with concepts such as refugee, citizenship, nationality and identity.

Supervisor Prof. Heintze


Since 2015:   Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
PhD candidate International Development Studies
Trinity Term 2017    Refugee Studies Centre
University of Oxford, UK
Visiting Study Fellow
2011 - 2012:   London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
M.Sc. in Human Rights
2007 - 2011:   University of Bayreuth, Germany
B.A. in African Development Studies in Geography
Second subject: Law in Africa


  • Beier, Raffael & Fritzsche-El Shewy, Jasmin (2018) UN-Habitat, the New Urban Agenda and Urban Refugees – A State of the Art. In: Z’Flucht – The German Journal for Refugee Studies 2(1), 128-142.
  • Fritzsche, Jasmin (2017) Book Review: Al-Hardan, Anaheed (2016): Palestinians in Syria. Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities. In: DAVO Journal 42/43, pp.157-158.
  • Beier, Raffael & Fritzsche, Jasmin (2017) Refugees and the City: UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda. In: Forced Migration Review 55, pp. 29-30. (full text)
  • Fritzsche, Jasmin (2014) Challenging the International Framework for Palestinian Refugees in light of the Syria Crisis. In Al Majdal No 56, BADIL, pp. 6-11.
  • Fritzsche, Jasmin (2014) Displacing the Displaced: Challenging the International Framework for Palestinian Refugees in light of the Syria Crisis. Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees No 8, American University in Cairo.

Conferences and Workshops

  • Panel Convenor: (together with Raffael Beier and Loubna Abi Khalil) ‘The Regional Politics of Forced Displacement in the Middle East’ at the Development Studies Association Conference, University of Oxford 12 September 2016
  • Summer School: International Law Summer School at Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law, July 2016
  • Panel Presentation: ‘Uniquely Protected or Uniquely Protracted? The recent displacement of Palestinian Refugees from Syria’ at the Conference of the International Studies Association (Human Rights Section), Fordham University New York, 14 June 2016
  • Panel Presentation: ‘The Protection of Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Jordan’ at the Socio-Legal Studies Organisation Annual Conference, Lancaster University, 06 April 2016
  • Panel Presentation: ‘Arab Host Countries and Palestinian Refugees: Utilizing Collective Language for Exclusionary Purpose’ 7th International Conference of Critical Geography, Ramallah Palestine, 28 July 2015
  • Panel Presentation: ‘The Situation of Refugees in Post-Morsi Egypt’ 21st New Faces Conference German Council of Foreign Relations, Tunis, Tunisia, 21 June 2014
  • Short Course: Protection Challenges of Vulnerable Migrant Groups in Transition Times, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo, June 2014
  • Short Courser: Palestine Refugees and International Law, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, March 2014