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UNHCR, and in particular the Department of International Protection, has published several handbooks and other legal publications. This page is meant to give quick access to those publications that are available electronically on the UNHCR website.

UNHCR Handbooks and Guides Rss FeedUNHCR Handbooks and Guides

The "Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status" with its complementary Guidelines, and other handbooks and guides for partners.

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Compilations and Commentaries Rss FeedCompilations and Commentaries

The "Thematic Compilation of Executive Committee Conclusions", the Grahl-Madsen Commentary on the Refugee Convention and others.

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Resettlement Handbook

A key reference in elaborating resettlement criteria and developing approaches to policy.

Legal and Protection Policy Research

A series of legal research and protection policy papers issued by the UNHCR Division of International Protection.

UNHCR Handbook for the Protection of Women and Girls

This Handbook describes some of the protection challenges faced by women and girls of concern to UNHCR and outlines various strategies to be adopted with partners to tackle these challenges.
First edition, published January 2008

Sexual and Gender-based Violence against Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons - Guidelines for Prevention and Response

Guidelines offering practical advice on how to design strategies and carry out activities aimed at preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence.

Registration Handbook

Procedures for registration, population date management and documentation.

Refugee Protection in International Law

Edited by Erika Feller, Volker Türk and Frances Nicholson, published 2003 by Cambridge University Press

Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

This handbook aims to provide legal and operational guidance to human rights, humanitarian and development actors involved in protection efforts on behalf of internally displaced people and other affected populations in complex emergencies.