Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is Research Director at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and adjunct Professor of Law at Aarhus University. He received his PhD (in international law) from Aarhus University, MSc (in refugee studies) from the University of Oxford and MA (in political science) from the University of Copenhagen.
His research focuses on international refugee law, human rights, and the relationship between international law and politics. He is author or editor of several books, including Access to Asylum: International Refugee Law and the Globalisation of Migration Control (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which received the 2013 KG Idman Award for best publication in international law, Tracing the Roles of Soft Law in Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016); The Power of Legality: International Law and its Practices (Cambridge University Press 2016); Human Rights and the Dark Side of Globalisation (Routledge, 2016) Protecting the Rights of Others (DJØF, 2013), The Migration Industry: The Commercialisation of International Migration (Routledge, 2013), and Sovereignty Games: Instrumentalizing State Sovereignty in Europe and Beyond (Palgrave, 2008). He is also series editor of the Routledge Studies in Human Rights and part of the editorial board for Cambridge Asylum and Migration Studies.
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is a regular commentator on asylum and immigration matters in Nordic and international media. He has consulted for a number of international organisations, governments and NGOs, and previously served as member of the Danish Refugee Appeals Board.
KEYWORDS: asylum, refugee law, migration policy, human rights theory, law and politics
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen and James Hathaway “Non-refoulement in a World of Cooperative Deterrence”, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 2015 53:1
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen “International Refugee Law and Policy: The case of deterrence policies”, Journal of Refugee Studies 2014 27:4
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In 2015 Thomas co-developed and starred in a documentary-theatre production about the Danish asylum system. See more information and a trailer here
Ongoing research projects
This research project explores the relationship between transnational law enforcement and international human rights law.
This project traces the role of soft law across the human rights field building on a thorough analysis of relevant case studies.
This project theoretically examines the role of international law in international relations and the complex interplay between law and and politics across different issue areas.
This project analyses current efforts to reform the refugee regime, applying an inter-disciplinary perspective linking international law, political science and economics.
This project explores new thinking and methods to help refugee integration and access to labour markets, and how the private sector may help improve refugee integration.