ASYFAIR Conference 2021

Adjudicating Refugee Claims in Practice: Advocacy and Experience at Asylum Court Appeals

30 June – 3 July 2021 (dates may be subject to minor changes)

Virtual (via Zoom), hosted by the University of Exeter

Organisers: Dr. Nicole Hoellerer and Prof. Dr. Nick Gill (ASYFAIR, University of Exeter)

Immigration and asylum judges are tasked with the highly challenging job of deciding an asylum claim in an imperfect informational environment where evidence, expertise, testimonies and even the ability to reason intuitively about country of origin conditions and particular cases can be highly constrained. If this was not challenging enough, asylum appeal caseloads increased markedly across Europe in 2017 and 2018, putting strain on the capacities of Europe’s judiciary to deal with the challenges of adjudication effectively. The policy context is continuously evolving, the linguistic challenges are manifold, the political environment is often problematic, and the stakes are high in terms of the personal safety of refugees and the integrity of European countries’ claims to uphold their international obligations to people forced to migrate to find safety.

The conference aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and asylum seekers to discuss the challenges of adjudicating asylum appeals.

Due to the uncertainties because of the global pandemic, the conference will take place virtually (via Zoom), rather than in-person. Technical assistance will be provided, including an induction session for session chairs and participants.

Keynote Speakers: tba in Spring 2021


The event will be free to attend (i.e. no registration fee), and participants will be asked to register for the conference in order to receive the session log-in details.

Further information on the conference, programme and registration in Spring 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.