Human Rights Law Expert on Trump’s Refugee Ban and Its Impact on Our Democracy

StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro recently sat down for a phone conversation with Dr. Angel Oquendo (PhD, JD), an expert in human rights law, and the George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. In our conversation, Dr. Oquendo, who recently authored a short-paper titled “The Right to Asylum and State Sovereignty,” places President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees from entering the United States within the broader context of international human rights law, and discusses what the order portends for the health of American democracy.

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Disclosure: Roberto Alejandro studied Latin American law and human rights law under Dr. Oquendo while a student at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

This interview was originally published by, on Feb. 7, 2017.