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Comment: Understanding Xenophobia as Intersectional Discrimination


Shreya Atrey


October 16, 2022

This Comment examines the nature of xenophobia and why it seems to fall through the cracks of international human rights law, especially as a form of racial discrimination under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. It considers an understanding of xenophobia as a sui generis case of intersectional discrimination because it has to do with racial grounds but also perhaps other grounds (such as nationality, religion, language, culture, and class), which makes it difficult to disentangle the basis of xenophobic discrimination as based on strictly racial grounds alone.


Shreya Atrey, Comment: Understanding Xenophobia as Intersectional Discrimination, 79 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1007 (2022).