Selected Publications


  • Bhabha J. “Arendt’s Children: Do Today’s Migrant Children Have a Right to Have Rights?” Human Rights Quarterly  2009; 13:410-451.
  • Bhabha J. ““Not a Sack of Potatoes”: Moving and Removing Children Across Borders.” Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 2006; 15(2):197-217.
  • Bhabha J. “The Child – What Sort of Human?” PMLA 2006; 121(5):1526-1535.
  • Bhabha J. “The Mere Fortuity of Birth: Are Children Citizens?” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2004; 15(2):91-117.
  • Bhabha J. “Demography and Rights: Women, Children and Access to Asylum.” International Journal of Refugee Law 2004; 16(2):227-243.
  • Bhabha J. “Seeking Asylum Alone: Treatment of Separated and Trafficked Children in Need of Refugee Protection.” International Migration 2004; 42(1):141-148.
  • Bhabha J. “Moving Babies: Globalization, Markets and Transnational Adoption.” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 2004;28(2):181-198.
  • Bhabha J. “The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child.” Development 2003; 46(3):53-59.
  • Bhabha J. “More than their Share of Sorrows: International Migration Law and the Rights of Children.” Public Law Review 2003; 22(2):253.
  • Bhabha J. “Internationalist Gatekeepers? The Tension between Asylum Advocacy and Human Rights.” Harvard Human Rights Journal 2002; 15:155-181.
  • Bhabha J. “Inconsistent State Intervention and Separated Child Asylum-Seekers.” European Journal of Migration and Law 2001; 3(3/4):283-314.


  • Bhabha J, ed. Coming of Age: Reframing the Approach to Adolescent Rights. Philadelphia, PA: UPenn Press, forthcoming 2014.
  • Bhabha J. Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014
  • Bhabha J, ed. Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
  • Bhabha J, Crock M. Seeking Asylum Alone: Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Refugee Protection: A Comparative Study of Laws, Policy and Practice in Australia, The United Kingdom and the United States of America. Sydney, Australia: Themis Press, 2007.
  • Bhabha J, Schmidt S. Seeking Asylum Alone: Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Refugee Protection in the United States. Cambridge, MA: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2006.
  • Bhabha J, Finch N. Seeking Asylum Alone: Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Refugee Protection in the United Kingdom. Cambridge, MA: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2006.


  • “Are Children’s Rights to Citizenship Slippery or Slimy?” in ed. Rhoda Howard –Hassmann, Slippery Citizenship. (UPenn Press: Forthcoming.)
  • Bhabha J, Schmidt S. “From Kafka to Wilberforce: Is the U.S. Government’s Approach to Child Migrants Improving?” In: Bolzman C, Jovelin E, Montgomery C, eds. Les Mineurs Isoles En Europe Et En Amerique Du Nord Trajectoires Migratoires Et Accompagenement Social. Paris, France: L’Harmattan, 2010.
  • Bhabha J. “Too Much Disappointing: The Quest for Protection by unaccompanied migrant Children Outside Europe.” In: Kanics J, Senovilla Hernández D, Touzenis K, eds. Migrating Alone: Unaccompanied and Separated Children’s Migration to Europe. Paris, France: UNESCO Publishing, 2010.
  • Bhabha J. “Immigration and Children: Legal and Public Policy Perspectives.” In: Shweder R, ed. The Chicago Companion to the Child. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago University Press, 2009.
  • Bhabha J. “The “mere fortuity of birth?”: Children, Borders, and the Right to Citizenship.” In Benhabib S, Resnick J, eds. Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender. New York, NY: NYU Press, 2009.
  • Bhabha J. “Gendered Chattels: Imported Child Labour and the Response to Child Trafficking.” In: Rajasekhar M, ed. Child Labour: Global Perspectives. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press, 2007.
  • Bhabha J. “Un Vide Juridique? – Migrant Children: The Rights and Wrongs.” In: Bellamy C, Zermatten J, eds. Realizing the Rights of the Child. Zurich, Switzerland: Rüffer and Rub, 2007.
  • Bhabha J. “Border rights and rites: Generalisations, stereotypes and gendered migration.” In: van Walsum S, Spijkerboer T, eds. Women and Immigration Law: New Variations on Classical Feminist Themes. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2006.
  • Bhabha J. “Rights Spillovers: The Impact of Migration in the Legal System of Western States.” In: Guild E, van Selm J, eds. International Migration and Security: Immigrants as an Asset or Threat? Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2005


  • Bhabha J. “Will the Gender Violence Just Continue?Health and South Asia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard South Asia Institute, 2013.
  • Bhabha J. Adolescents: Current Rights for Future Opportunities. South-South Cooperation for Child Rights Working Paper 2. UNICEF ROSA and UNICEF EAPRO, Kathmandu, September 2013.
  • Bhabha J. “Children and Migration and Human Rights.” In: The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  • Bhabha J. “Rethinking Solutions to Trafficking.” ReVista, 2012
  • “The Role of International Law in the Governance of Migration and Protection of Migrants’ Rights” in. Bertelsmann Stiftung, Migration Policy Institute (eds.), Improving the Governance of International Migration. (Bielefeld: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung. 2011)
  • Bhabha J, Schmidt S. “From Kafka to Wilberforce: Is the U.S. Government’s Approach to Child Migrants Improving?” 11-02(1) Immigration Briefings. Thomson West, February 2011.
  • Bhabha J. “Irregular Migration, Migrant Smuggling and Human Rights: A Legal and Policy Overview.” Background paper incorporated into Irregular Migration, Migrant Smuggling and Human Rights: Towards Coherence. Geneva, Switzerland: International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2010.
  • Bhabha J, Alfirev C. The Identification and Referral of Trafficked Persons to Procedures for Determining International Protection Needs. Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section, PPLAS/2009/03, No. 230. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2009.
  • Bhabha J. Independent Children, Inconsistent Adults: International Child Migration and the Legal Framework. Innocenti Discussion Papers 2008-02, No. 2008-02. Florence, Italy: UNICEF, 2008.