Luise Druke, Innovations in Refugee Protection: A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 564 pp.

This compendium synthesizes innovations of the UN High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR) since 1951. The book bridges the gap between academic and field work and uses Joseph Nye’s concept of «soft power» as a methodological approach for understanding and solving political and ethical refugee protection dilemmas. Extending the refugee legal framework (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), UNHCR has increasingly used international human rights law, innovative technologies and new partners. Refugee protection is a responsibility primarily of states. Challenges are: considering increasing power diffusion (Nye) from states to non-state actors and balancing IT potentials with security risks

About the Author
Luise Druke, Dr. phil. Dr. h.c., is Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (IGLP). She serves as Co-Chair for UN Studies at Suffolk University (Govt. Dep.) and Part-time Lecturer at the Leibniz University (Pol.Sc.Dept.). Having headed UNHCR international missions for nearly 30 years, she authored /co-edited many other refugee, United Nations and European Union related publications.