RUB Research School

Associate Doctoral Candidate Jasmin Fritzsche-El-Shewy

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)

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. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heinze

About Jasmin Fritzsche-El-Shewy

  • Legal Geography
  • International Refugee Law
  • Forced Migration Studies

Jasmin Fritzsche-El-Shewy is a PhD Candidate in International Development Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum and a Visiting PhD Candidate at the School of Law, University of Warwick. Her doctoral thesis is situated in the field of critical legal studies/ legal geography. Focusing on the secondary forced displacement of Palestinian refugees from Syria she engages with the production of space and international refugee law. In 2017, she spent a term as Visiting Study Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Jasmin teaches on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London and the joint MA in Development Studies at the University of Western Cape and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She holds a MSc in Human Rights from LSE and a BA in African Development Studies in Geography from the University of Bayreuth

  • International Realisation Budget – Research School Ruhr-University Bochum
  • PhD Scholarship – Hans-Böckler Foundation
since 2018 Associate Tutor - University of London
09/2015 - 12/2018 Research Fellow - Institute of Development Research and Development Policy/
Ruhr-University Bochum
01/2014 –
Regional Migration Policy Advisor – Center for Refugee Solidary
11/2013 - 11/2014 Visiting Research Fellow – Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American
University in Cairo
01/2013 – 08/2013 Resettlement Advocate – Refugee Legal Aid Project, St.Andrews Refugee Service


  • 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.

Research Affiliate – Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

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