European Sexual Nationalism: Refugee Law After the Gender & Sexuality Critiques (2015)

In this lecture, I take stock of what the gender and sexuality based critiques of refugee law formulated over the past decades have achieved. I first address statistical issues. Then I address the question how law is being applied today, now the gender and sexuality critiques of refugee law have been incorporated in legal practice. I focus on the case of A.A. and others v Sweden about forced marriage, and on discretion reasoning in sexual orientation cases. Having done that, I will try to understand this reformulated refugee law by using the concept of sexual nationalism.

European Sexual Nationalism: Refugee Law After the Gender & Sexuality Critiques, Key note speech at the Nordic Asylum Seminar, University of Uppsala, 8 May 2015