Of Refugees and Resignation

Author: Philippe Sands (University College London)

  • Of Refugees and Resignation

    Of Refugees and Resignation



Building on topics explored in East West Street: on the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, this article traces the development and publication of James McDonald’s Letter of Resignation of League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Expanding on events outlined in his book, Sands describes how the letter was published in 1935 as a political statement in the wake of emerging news about Nazi atrocities against the Jews and other minority groups. Drawing analogies between these events and the contemporary refugee crisis, he raises questions about the current legal, political and moral frameworks associated with refugees, calling for an end of the ‘closing of the doors’ mentality.


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How to Cite:

Sands, P., (2017) “Of Refugees and Resignation”, Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 6(2).



Published on
18 Oct 2017
Peer Reviewed