1. Introduction - Regional approaches to the protection of asylum seekers : an international legal perspective / Ademola Abass and Francesca Ippolito 2. The African Union legal framework for protecting asylum seekers / Ademola Abass and Dominique Mystris 3. The role of the African human rights system with reference to asylum seekers / Gino J. Naldi and Cristiano d'Orsi 4. Sub-regional frameworks for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees in Africa : bringing relief closer to trouble zones / Solomon T. Ebobrah 5. The African national human rights institutions and the protection of asylum seekers : existing practices and opportunities through the optional protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture / Elina Steinerte 6. Establishing the common European asylum system : 'it's a long long way to Tipperary' / Francesca Ippolito 7. External aspects of EU asylum law and policy : 'new' ways to address 'old' woes / Samantha Velluti 8. The international protection of refugees and asylum seekers : the role of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights / Colin Harvey 9. 'The Right to have Rights' : the European Convention on Human Rights and the procedural rights of asylum seekers / Gina Clayton 10. The protection of asylum seekers with particular reference to African women : the contribution to the contemporary jurisprudence / Rebecca Wallace 11. Fora and programmes for refugees in Latin America / Liliana Lyra Jubilut 12. Protection of asylum seekers under the inter-American human rights system / David James Cantor and Stefania Barichello 13. ASEAN and the conceptualization of refugee protection in Southeastern Asian states / Susan Kneebone 14. The 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) and refugee policy in Southeast Asia : twenty years forward what has changed? / Sara E. Davies 15. The protection of asylum seekers in East Asian state parties to the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees and its 1967 protocol / Kelley Loper 16. Conclusions : the future of the regional protection of asylum seekers / Ademola Abass and Francesca Ippolito.