International Society and Its Institutions in Refugee Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the Solidarism/Pluralism Debate in English School - Nihal EMINOGLU, K. Onur UNUTULMAZ and M. Gokay OZERIM

07/01/2021
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, ADVANCED ONLINE PUBLICATION, 2021

Nihal EMINOGLU*, K. Onur UNUTULMAZ** and M. Gokay OZERIM***

ABSTRACT
This study aims at discussing the vulnerability of the Global Refugee Protection Regime (GRPR) during crises by applying the ‘international society’ concept within the English School of International Relations theory to the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyze the efficiency of the international society institutions on GRPR through the policies and practices of states as well as organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and Council of Europe. The GRPR has been selected because the ‘vulnerability’ of this regime has become a matter of academic and political debate as much as the vulnerability of those persons in need of international protection, specifically during times of crisis. Our analysis reveals that GRPR-centric practices and policies by the institutions of international society during the first four months after the breakout of COVID-19 suggest a greater vulnerability of the regime.

Keywords:  International Law, Balance of Power, Diplomacy, Great Powers, Health Crisis

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* Asst. Prof. Dr., Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of International Relations, Canakkale
** Asst. Prof.Dr., Social Sciences University of Ankara, Department of International Relations, Ankara
*** Assoc. Prof. Dr., Yasar University, Department of International Relations, Izmir