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The expert in asylum and human rights cases: possibilites for use and abuse Watch video

Justice Geoffrey Care, former Deputy Chief Adjudicator, then Immigration Appellate Authority, United Kingdom, former Chairman, then Immigration Appeal Tribunal, United Kingdom, Founder and first President, the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), Chair, Eurasylum International Advisory Board, former High Court Judge, Zambia and author, for example, Migrants and the Courts: A Century of Trial and Error?, Ashgate, 2013

Credibility in Refugee Status Adjudication Watch video

Professor James Simeon, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University, Toronto, former Member and Coordinating Member, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), Coordinator, the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) Inter-Conference Working Party Process and previously first Executive Director, IARLJ, past President, the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and author, for example, The UNHCR and the Supervision of International Refugee Law, Cambridge University Press, 2013

To believe or not to believe, is this the question?

- Credibility assessment in asylum cases Watch video 

Gábor Gyulai, Refugee Programme Director and Training Expert with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, President of the European Network on Statelessness and editor/author of several research studies, articles and educational materials, including both Volume 1 (2013) and Volume 2 (2015) of the ground-breaking multidisciplinary training manual "Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures"

Assessing the credibility of women's asylum claims Watch video

Debora Singer MBE, awarded in 2012 for her work on the rights of women, Policy and Research Manager, Asylum Aid, London, lobbying and campaigning on the rights of women seeking asylum and managing Asylum Aid Women’s Project and author, for example, Falling at Each Hurdle: Assessing the Credibility of Women’s Asylum Claims in Europe chapter in Gender in Refugee Law: from the margins to the centre, Routledge, 2014 and Women seeking asylum - failed twice over chapter in Moving in the Shadows Violence in the Lives of Minority Women and Children, Ashgate, 2013

Membership of a particular social group Watch video

Professor Deborah Anker, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC), co-drafter of ground-breaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs and author, for example, of a leading treaties, Law of Asylum in the United States, Thompson West, 2014

Exclusion: the interface of International Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law  Watch video Part I, II, III, IV

Professor Geoff Gilbert, Professor of Law, the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, the University of Essex, Visiting Professorial Fellow, the University of New South Wales, Australia, Joint Editor-in-Chief, the International Journal of Refugee Law, founding Director of Studies for UNHCR’s annual Thematic Refugees and Human Rights course, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Consultant to UNHCR on Rule of Law: Engagement for Solutions and author, for example,  co-author Jurisdictional Competence Through Protection: To What Extent Can States Prosecute the Prior Crimes of Those to Whom They Have Extended Refuge? 12 JICJ 1093 (2014)

The particular challenges of national security cases Watch video

Hugh Southey QC, Matrix Chambers, London, leading cases, for example, before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights and author, for example, co-author, Judicial Review: a Practical Guide, Jordans, 2012

Climate change, disasters and displacement Watch video

Professor Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor of Law and Director, the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the University of New South Wales, Australia, Joint Editor-in-Chief, the International Journal of Refugee Law, holder of four-year Australian Research Council Fellowship Moving with Dignity: A Human Rights Approach to Slow-Onset Climate Change-Related Displacement and Relocation in the Pacific, Co-Rapporteur, the International Law Association's International Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise, Member, Consultative Committee, the Nansen Initiative on disaster-induced cross-border displacement and author, for example, co-author Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia's Policies Are Not, UNSW Press, 2014 and author Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law, Oxford University Press, 2012

Patricia van de Peer, European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Secretariat

The concept of persecution and its interpretation on the basis of human dignity  Watch video

Professor Justice Paul Tiedemann, Judge, Germany, former President, Judge’s Council, Administrative Court Frankfurt, Lecturer and Honorary Professor, International, European, and national refugee law, Refugee Law Clinic, the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen and author, for example, Was ist Menschenwürde? Eine Einführung (What is Human Dignity? An Introduction), WBG, 2014

Madeline Garlick, former Head of Unit, Policy & Legal Support, Bureau for Europe, UNHCR, International Migration Initiative - Open Society Foundations Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, Guest Researcher, Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Visiting Professor, Sciences Po and co-author EU Immigration and Asylum Law Text and Commentary: Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe, Brill Nijhoff, 2015

Professor Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor, Queen Mary, University of London and Radboud University, Partner, Kingsley Napley Law Firm, London,  Co-Chair, European Sub Committee, Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), Co-ordinator, European Commission’s Network of Experts on Free Movement of Workers, Co-Editor, the European Journal of Migration and Law and Free Movement of Workers, regular advisor to European and international organizations on free movement of persons, migration and asylum and author, for example, co-author The EU Citizenship Directive: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2014


The Qualifications Directive: an overview and specific safeguards inserted by the European Parliament in the negotiations Watch video

Syrian refugees seeking protection in the EU: putting the Common European Asylum System to the test? Watch video

The EU's Common European Asylum System and the Crisis of Unsafe Arrival of Asylum Seekers Watch video




Brexit: MEPs concerned over reported UK registration plans for EU27 citizens  - European Parliament Press Release 16/08/2018


UNRWA and refugee status: CJEU Judgment in Case C-585/16 Serin Alheto v Zamestnik-predsedatel na Darzhavna agentsia za bezhantsite - Press Release 25/07/2018


Managing migration: Commission expands on disembarkation and controlled centre concepts - European Commission Press Release 24/07/2018


Commission takes further steps in infringement procedures against Hungary - European Commission Press Release 19/07/2018  


European Border and Coast Guard: agreement on operational cooperation with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - European Commission Press Release 



Euro-Mediterranean Assembly fixes its permanent seat in Rome - European Parliament Press Release 13/07/2018


Non-EU partners’ residence - Judgment in Case C-89/17 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Rozanne Banger - CJEU Press Release 12/07/2018


Family reunification and civic integration exams: Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-257/17 C and A v Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie - CJEU Press Release 27/06/2018


Qualification Directive and refugee status: Advocate General’s Opinion in Joined Cases C-391/16 M v Ministerstvo vnitra, C-77/17 and C-78/17 X v Commissaire général aux réfugiés et aux apatrides – CJEU Press Release 21/06/2018




Médecins Sans Frontières in Lesbos Watch video

Aurélie Ponthieu, Humanitarian Specialist on Displacement, Humanitarian Innovation Team - Analysis and Advocacy Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières, Brussels

Sir Stephen Sedley, practised at the Bar for 28 years, appointed a judge of the High Court in 1992, became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1999, sat on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and as a judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights.

Reflections on the importance of judicial independence in refugee law adjudication Watch video