Prof. Nick Gill and Dr. Nicole Hoellerer have presented some features of the ASYFAIR research at the Refugee Law Initiative’s 4th Annual Conference hosted at the University of London from 3 – 5 June 2019. The conference’s theme “Rethinking the ‘Regional’ in Refugee Law and Policy” exactly captured the ASYFAIR research topic, and during the presentation.
Prof. Gill and Dr. Hoellerer talked about local legal cultures, drawing on some of the findings in the ASYFAIR research sites so far. In a section on differences between EU member states, the presenters discussed differences in publicness, procedural culture and technology in court rooms. The team also elaborated on differences within EU member states, such as the timing/duration of hearings, so-called legal deserts, and diverging justice (with a focus on Germany). In addition, the presenters discussed the local responses to pressure – due to e.g. lack of resources and budget cuts – such as procedural changes in asylum court hearings, and the introduction of push factors to decrease hearings generally.