ASYFAIR Conference 2021

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

30 June – 2 July 2021 (British Summer Time)

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

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

Programme available here

Registration: (Late) registration here from 16 June 1 July 2021.

Fee: There will be no conference fee, but we ask participants to register for free to receive the Zoom links.

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 brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss the challenges of refugee status determination and 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


Prof. Ashley B. Terlouw

The dilemma of discretion: Deciding by the rules or by heart in asylum cases?

Sociology of Law and Migration Law

Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

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Dr. Nick Gill

Inside Europe’s Asylum Appeals


Human Geography, PI ASYFAIR

University of Exeter, UK

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Conference Programme

The full conference programme, abstracts and presenters’ details are available here (last updated: 22 June 2021).


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

Registration is open via Eventbrite. Click here to register until 1 July 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, or see our Conference FAQ.

Key Dates

4 May 2021Registration opens
16 June 2021Registration closes
16 June – 1 July 2021Late Registration
30 June 2021 – 2 June 2021ASYFAIR conference (virtual)
ASYFAIR Conference Key Dates (subject to minor changes)

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