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Implementation and World PoliticsHow International Norms Change Practice$
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Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712787.001.0001

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Implementing a Global Internally Displaced Persons Protection Regime

Implementing a Global Internally Displaced Persons Protection Regime

(p.104) (p.105) 6 Implementing a Global Internally Displaced Persons Protection Regime
Implementation and World Politics

Phil Orchard

Oxford University Press

The guiding principles on internal displacement are a critical document for the protection of some 28.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide. These non-binding principles have introduced a normative basis for a global IDP protection regime, defining who qualifies for IDP status, the rights of individual IDPs under international law, and the duties and obligations of states and the international community towards them. The guiding principles appear to be strongly institutionalized at the international level. They have also been widely adopted in domestic law, with 25 of the 62 states with internally displaced populations having passed some forms of legislation to assist IDPs. However, practical and policy-oriented implementation at the domestic level has lagged. First, discordance exists between the principles and these domestic laws and policies. Second, in some cases, initially clear and expansive IDP policies have either stalled or threatened to stall due to issues of support or resources.

Keywords:   internal displacement, guiding principles on internal displacement, protection regime, domestic implementation, norm contestation, strategic framing

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