Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Keck Center Best Senior Thesis - International Human Rights

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

Jennifer Taw

Rights Information

1999 Sahib Bhasin


This thesis systematically reviews the "safe third country" concept. First, it theoretically frames this instrument, demonstrating both its historical roots and contemporary motivations. By doing so, it reveals this measure's operational risks for refugees. Next, it assesses the obligations that international law imposes on States conducting transfers. It suggests that these protections are more robust than commonly thought, presenting another set of requirements that must be met from a human rights perspective. Finally, it applies both the legal and operational challenges to its study of the EU-Turkey Deal, suggesting that these forces converge in a feedback loop that ultimately harms refugees.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.