Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Emily Fransee

Second Advisor

Zachary Adams

Third Advisor

Patrick Lewis

Relational Format



Colonial relations between colonizer and colonized are an interesting yet often understudied part of the legal field. This thesis will focus on these links within the relationship between France and two of its former colonies: North Africa and Indochina. In order to discover more information on these relationships, I take a historical approach focusing on legal documents, debates, and decrees, both from the French government and international bodies and representatives such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The resulting discoveries show that French legal documents were far more concerned with North Africa compared to Indochina, both regarding asylum and other matters. Furthermore, while French law does not frequently mention Indochina, it was the subject of many international laws and conventions. Additionally, having a colonial past tied to that of France leads to certain benefits when a person is applying for asylum in France.

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