Showing posts with label appeals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appeals. Show all posts

03 March 2014

Regional Focus: Americas

Amendments to the Terrorism Bar–or–How Fox News Enables the Holocaust (The Asylumist, Feb. 2014) [text]

"Asylum Fraud: Abusing America’s Compassion?," U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Hearing, Washington, DC, 11 Feb. 2014 [access]
- Follow link for webcast video, witness testimonies, and statement of the chairman. See also related statements from AILA, HIAS and LIRS.

Buying Time? False Assumptions about Abusive Appeals, Legal Studies Research Paper (UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, 2014) [text via SSRN]

"Experiences of Volunteers in Refugee Resettlement," Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, vol. 6, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

Integrity Measures in the Asylum Process (Human Rights First, Feb. 2014) [text]

Justice on the Fly: The Danger of Errant Deportations, Legal Studies Research Paper (UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, 2014) [text via SSRN]

Refugee Protection and Human Rights: Nothing Bogus about It (Centre for International Policy Studies, Jan. 2014) [access via Oppenheimer Chair]
- Follow link for article and video.

Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System (CGRS & KIND, Feb. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Criminal Violence (25 Feb. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

13 February 2014

Regional Focus: Oceania


All at Sea: Australia's Asylum Policy (RI Blog, Feb. 2014) [text]

"Asylum Seekers and the Refugee Convention," Parliamentary Library Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 44th Parliament (Parliamentary Library, 2103) [text]
- Note: The 44th Parliament opened in November 2013.

"Asylum Seekers on Manus Island Should Be Made Aware of Legal Rights, Court Told," The Guardian, 30 Jan. 2014 [text]

Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program 2014-15: Community Views on Current Challenges and Future Directions (Refugee Council of Australia, Feb. 2014) [text]
- See also previous submissions.

Letters from Nauru (Border Criminologies, Jan. 2014) [text]

Web sites:

Crossborder Operational Matters [access]
- "This website focuses on five crucial aspects of the Australian Government’s policies around the border": On-Water Operations; Internment Industry Supply-Chains & Infrastructure; Precarious Lives; Global Problem, Global Links, Global Campaign; Antiracism.

What Would You Do? (Jewish Aid Australia) [access]
- Web site supporting a campaign to "inject a sense of humanity back into the Australian discourse on asylum seekers."

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

13 December 2013

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Are Asylum Appeal Hearings the Same Wherever They are Heard? (Free Movement, Nov. 2013) [text]

Criminals Deported to DRC are at Risk says High Court (Free Movement, Dec. 2013) [text]

Ending Secret Asylum Files (if only we could take UNHCR to federal court …) (RSDWatch, Dec. 2013) [text]

LJIL Symposium: [Two Comments on Maarten Den Heijer’s "Diplomatic Asylum and the Assange Case" Article] (Opinio Juris, Nov. 2013)
- See one from Gregor Noll and the other from Roger O'Keefe.

"La Notion de Groupe Social au sens de la Convention de Genève dans la Jurisprudence Française," L'Actualité Juridique Droit Administratif, no. 41 (2 Déc. 2013) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"Refugees, Water, and the Law," Global Policy, 29 Nov. 2013 [text]

"The Transfer and Deportation of Civilians," Chapter in The Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014) [eprint via SSRN]

See also law review articles in Regional Focus: Americas post.

Tagged Publications.  

07 November 2013

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


On the Borders of Refugee Protection? The Impact of Human Rights Law on Refugee Law: Comparative Practice and Theory, London, 13-14 November 2013 [info]
- The conference programme is now available.


"Droits des étrangers (Art. 3 CEDH): La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme censure le manque de motivation des décisions de la Cour nationale du droit d’asile," Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés, 31 Oct. 2013 [text]

"Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship: A More Holistic Approach," California Law Review, vol. 101, no. 4 (2013) [full-text]

Nine Global Refugee Protection Challenges in 2013 (Refugee Council of Australia, Sept. 2013) [text]

"On the Morality and Legality of Borders: Border Policies and Asylum Seekers," Harvard Human Rights Journal, vol. 26, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

"The Principle of Non-Refoulement and the De-territorialization of Border Control at Sea," Leiden Journal of International Law (Forthcoming, 2014) [text via SSRN]

"Refugee Rights and the Merits of Appeals," University of Queensland Law Journal, vol. 32, no. 1 (2013) [eprint via SSRN]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.  

19 September 2013

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

2013 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 11-13 June 2013 [info]
- Follow link to access NGO Rapporteur's report and final full report.

Immigration Judicial Reviews (UK Constitutional Law Group Blog, Sept. 2013) [text]

Injunctions for Removal from Fast Track (Free Movement, Sept. 2013) [text]

Note on International Protection, UN Doc. No. A/AC.96/1122, 64th Session of EXCOM (UN General Assembly, July 2013) [text]

Refugee "Cause Lawyering" in the UK (Free Movement, Sept. 2013) [text]

"Supervising the Refugee Convention," Special Feature in Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 26, no. 3 (Sept. 2013) [contents]
- Includes links to preprint version of Introduction and Summary Conclusions of the Roundtable on the Future of Refugee Convention Supervision.

The Supreme Court of Canada's Decision in Ezokola and the Harmonisation of Article 1F(a) of the Convention on the Status of Refugees with International Criminal Law (ExpressO, 2013) [text]

"U.S. Asylum Law as a Path to Religious Persecution," Virginia Journal of International Law, vol. 53, no. 2 (March 2013) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

03 September 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Upcoming event:

Launch of AIDA Annual Report, Brussels, 6 Sept. 2013 [info]
- Register by 4 Sept. 2013.


Asylum Applicants and First Instance Decisions on Asylum Applications: First Quarter 2013, Data in Focus, no. 9/2013 (Eurostat, Aug. 2013) [text via EMN Belgium]

The Dublin Regulation: A Critical Examination of a Troubled System (International Refugee Law Blog, Aug. 2013) [text]

Expert Country Evidence in Asylum and Immigration Cases in the United Kingdom: Best Practice Guide (University of Edinburgh, July 2013) [text]

"Hungary’s Asylum System under Pressure," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 40 (Sept. 2013) [full-text]

Joint Submission on EU Draft Regulation on Surveillance of External Sea Borders (Amnesty International, ECRE & ICJ, Sept. 2013) [text]

Observing Differences: Asylum Appeals in the UK (COMPAS Blog, Aug. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

27 June 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Access to Territory and Asylum Procedure in Hungary (Hungarian Helsinki Commission & UNHCR, 2013) [text]

From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes through Macedonia to Croatia (JRS Europe, June 2013) [text]

Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Achievements in 2012 (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2013) [text]
- Chapter 1 focuses on "Asylum, Immigration and Integration."

An Investigation into the Progress Made on Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases: January-March 2013 (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, June 2013

Refusals of International Protection in Bologna (Asilo in Europa, June 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

24 April 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

The Forgotten Victims of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Country Update, 1 January-31 March 2013 (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Greece Must Curb Hate Crime and Combat Impunity (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, April 2013) [text]
- Report includes recommendations regarding addressing shortcomings in Greek asylum law and practice.

Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on Asylum: Submission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Into the Fire [access via PICUM]
- Documentary about mistreatment of refugees and migrants in Greece.

A Question of Credibility: Why so Many Initial Asylum Decisions Are Overturned on Appeal in the UK (Amnesty International & Still Human Still Here, April 2013) [text]
- See also related Huffington Post comment.

UNHCR Comments and Recommendations on the Draft Modification of Certain Migration-Related Legislative Acts for the Purpose of Legal Harmonisation (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

12 April 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Upcoming event:

"A City Says Yes!" Welcoming Resettled Refugees in Europe, Brussels, 8 May 2013 [info]
- Register by 17 April 2013.


Decision Making in Asylum Cases and Appeal Process: Situation, Relevant Issues and Recommendations for Lithuania (IOM, 2013) [text]

Europe's Forced Returnees Claim Abuse (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

Evaluering av advokatordningen for asylsøkere = Evaluating the legal aid provided to asylum seekers (Oxford Research, Oct. 2012) [text in Norwegian]
- An Executive Summary in English is provided on pp. 15-21.

Frontex: Human Rights Responsibilities (PACE, April 2013) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes Turkey's New Law on Asylum (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

18 March 2013

New ETDs

Elephants of Democracy: An Unfolding Process of Resettlement in the Limpopo National Park, Dissertation (Wageningen University, May 2012) [text]

Fair and Just Hearings for Survivors of Torture: The Case for a Paradigm Shift in UK Asylum Appeals, Thesis (University of Glasgow, Jan. 2013) [text]

How Important is the CERA Recovery Strategy to Canterbury Refugees?, Thesis (University of Canterbury, 2012) [text]

A Narrative Study of the Resilience and Coping of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children and Young People (UASC) Arriving in a Rural Local Authority (LA), Thesis (University of Birmingham, June 2012) [text]

Storied Displacement, Storied Faith: Engaging Church-Based Activism in Canada with Refugee Fiction and Diaspora Studies, Dissertation (McMaster University, Oct. 2012) [text]

Uncovering the Role of Community Health Worker/Lay Health Worker Programs in Addressing Health Equity for Immigrant and Refugee Women in Canada: An Instrumental and Embedded Qualitative Case Study, Dissertation (University of Ottawa, 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

25 January 2013

Regional Focus: Syria

Breaking Down 'One Billion' (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

La crise syrienne et ses répercussions: les réfugiés à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur, MPC Rapport de recherche, no. 2013/02 (Migration Policy Centre, 2013) [text]

Egypt: Don't Force Palestinians Back to Syria (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Refugees from Syria Face Further Suffering if Jordan Closes Border (Amnesty International, Jan. 2013) [text]

Sanctions Hit Humanitarian Aid to Syria (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syria Refugee Crisis: EU Should Do More (AI, CCME, ECRE & ICMC, Jan. 2013) [text]

*Syria’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2013) [access]
- Podcast.

"Syrians Struggle in an Uneasy Lebanon," New York Times, 23 Jan. 2013) [text via ICMC]


Tagged Publications.  

12 October 2012

Research & Writing Opportunities


Policy and Research Development Manager, Refugee Action [info]
- Apply by 16 October 2012.

Researcher, Refugee and Migrants' Rights (Europe), Amnesty International [info]
- Apply by 31 October 2012.

Research Posts, University of Exeter [info]
- Focus is on disparities in UK asylum appeals success rates.  Deadlines are 26 October 2012 and 22 November 2012, respectively.


ASIL Reports on International Organizations [info]
- The last report on UNHCR was Aug. 2009.  Other possibilities: EXCOM, ICRC, OCHA... .

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter [info]
- Contributions sought for the newsletter; submissions due by the 15th of each month.

Refugee Law Initiative Working Paper Series [info]
- Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

12 September 2012

Focus: Europe, esp. the UK

Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia: The State of Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Returnees based on the Readmission Agreement (Grupa 484, July 2012) [text]

Enhanced Competences for the European Court of Justice: “Re-shuffling” the Dynamics of EU Migration Policy-making?, Migration Studies Unit Working Paper, no. 2012/1 (LSE, 2012) [text]
- "On the basis of pre-Lisbon Treaty case law on the right to asylum and the right to family life, this paper sets out to explore what the consequences of extended ECJ jurisdiction will be. ..."

The Impact of Welfare Systems on Immigration: An Analysis of Welfare Magnets as a Pull-factor for Asylum Seekers and Labour Migrants, Migration Studies Unit Working Paper, no. 2012/2 (LSE, 2012) [text]

Serbia as a Country of Asylum: Observations on the Situation of Asylum-seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection in Serbia (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]

A Study and Comparison of National Legislation in Slovenia and International Standards Related to Statelessness (UNHCR Central Europe, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Transnationalism of Burundian Refugees in The Netherlands: The Importance of Migration Motives," International Journal of Population Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 962327 (2012) [open access text]


Best Practice Guide to Asylum and Human Rights Appeals (Electronic Immigration Network, 2012) [text]

Campaigning Toolkit: An Aid to Understanding the Asylum and Immigration Systems, and Campaigning for the Right to Stay (NCADC, 2012) [access]

"Unmasking Deviance: The Visual Construction of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in English National Newspapers," Critical Criminology, vol. 20, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

'We are not in politics to ignore peoples’ worries: we are in politics to deal with them.' Why Mainstream Parties Change Policy on Migration: A UK Case Study – The Conservative Party, Immigration and Asylum, 1960-2010, Paper prepared for the EPOP annual conference, University of Oxford, 7-9 September 2012 [text]

Tagged Publications. 

27 July 2012

Recent UNHCR Items

Refworld is seeking feedback on how to improve its site.  Here is the text of the Information Alert that announced a recently posted survey: 

UNHCR's Refworld team is constantly trying to improve Refworld, to ensure that the database is most useful to you in your work or otherwise. For example; recently we have introduced new thematic Special Features and have updated others, added direct links to UNHCR research and to UNHCR statistical & operational data, and we are revitalizing the caselaw collection.
To ensure we continue to serve Refworld users in the best possible way, we would like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete a Refworld User Survey, accessible through the Refworld homepage ( or directly through the link:
It has been eight years since we received your feedback from a user survey and we believe it is high time we provide you with a platform to share your views, concerns and critical and constructive suggestions. We will carefully analyze all the feedback we receive, so that Refworld may be the best tool it can be to meet your needs.
Completing the user survey will only take a few minutes of your valuable time. Please do share this message with other Refworld users. The more users that complete the survey, the better we will know what Refworld's many users' information needs are.


Asylum Trends 2009-2011: Provisional Statistical Figures for Central Europe (UNHCR Central Europe, 2012) [text]
- Includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Distinction, Discretion, Discrimination: The New Frontiers of Gender-related Claims to Asylum, Presentation at Gender, Migration and Human Rights Conference, Florence, 18-19 June 2012 [text]

Listen and Learn: Participatory Assessment with Children and Adolescents (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

UNHCR Accountability Framework for Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming and Targeted Actions: 2011-2012 Global Analysis (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]
- Previous analyses are available here.

UNHCR Position on Returns to Rakhine State, Myanmar (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

UNHCR Proposed Amendments to Clause 25 "Restriction on right of appeal from within the United Kingdom" of the Crime and Courts Bill (UNHCR UK, June 2012) [text]

UNHCR Recommendations on Important Aspects of Refugee Protection in Italy (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement (UNHCR, July 2012) [text] [text]

Tagged Publications. 

23 February 2012

New Issue of IJRL

The International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has published its first issue of the new year: vol. 24, no. 1 (Feb. 2012). Articles include:

  • Integrating Refugees: The Case for a Minority Rights Based Approach [free full-text]
  • Excluding Justice: The Dangerous Intersection between Refugee Claims, Criminal Law, and ‘Guilty’ Asylum Seekers [free full-text]
  • The Supervision of Immigration and Asylum Appeals in the UK: Taking Stock [abstract]
  • Acting the Part: Can Non-State Entities Provide Protection under International Refugee Law? [abstract]

This issue also reproduces case law and document texts, and features four book reviews.

Tagged Periodicals.

14 September 2011

New Issues/Free JRS Articles

Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 42, no. 3 (Spring 2011) [full-text]
- Full-text now available. Mix of articles, including "Refugees and the Biometric Future: the Impact of Biometrics on Refugees and Asylum Seekers," "Beyond the Guantánamo Bind: Pragmatic Multilateralism in Refugee Resettlement" and "Unsettling Developments: Terrorism and the New Case for Enhancing Protection and Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Including Victims of Natural Disasters."

Disasters, vol. 35, no. 4 (Oct. 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "A test of stress theory: relief workers in refugee camps."

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 9, no. 3 (2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "The Experiences of Staff Working With Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the United Kingdom: A Grounded Theory Exploration," "Separated Refugee Children in Canada: The Construction of Risk Identity," and "A Pilot Intervention for Promoting Multiethnic Adult Refugee Groups’ Mental Health: A Descriptive Article."

Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights, vol. 1, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]
- New student periodical from Webster University's Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Women's Asylum News, no. 104 (Aug./Sept. 2011) [full-text via Refworld]
- Lead article is "Barriers to Asylum Support Appeals for Women."

Free JRS articles:

OUP provides free access to Journal of Refugee Studies articles whose authors have won the Lisa Gilad prize. The five following titles are currently available (listed in chronological order based on when the prize was awarded):

Tagged Periodicals.

15 February 2011

Europe: Case Law, ECHR Interim Measures, Human Trafficking, LGBTI Issues, Vulnerable Groups

Alarming Rise in Requests for Interim Measures (ECHR Blog, Feb. 2011) [text]

"EU Court to Rule on Gay Asylum 'Discretion Test'," Migration News Sheet (Feb. 2011) [text via LGBT Asylum News]

LGBTI Issues and EASO (EASO Monitor, Feb. 2011) [text]

M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece: When is a Group Vulnerable? (Strasbourg Observers, Feb. 2011) [text]

"States' Positive Obligations with Respect to Human Trafficking: The European Court of Human Rights Breaks New Ground in Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia," Boston University International Law Journal, vol. 29, no. 1 (Spring 2011) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.