Refugee law professor: US violates international law – Finland could take US to court

Published January 29, 2017
By Petri Sajari HS

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s executive order to ban entry by citizens and refugees from seven countries is clearly against international law, says law professor James Hathaway from University of Michigan.

”My first impression is that the executive order seems to be arbitrarily designed. It isn’t a ban on all Muslims since most Muslims in the world do not live in the prohibited countries. Nor is it based on places where fundamentalist risks exist — for example, Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey are not on the list.”

Hathaway is one of the leading scholars of refugee law and a visiting teacher in several universities around the world. He emphasizes that international law has long prohibited the idea of tarring everyone with the same brush.

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