ASYFAIR Conference Recordings

Here you can find recorded videos from the virtual ASYFAIR Conference 2021.

Panels are listed as in the programme (see the full programme here).

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Conference Opening

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 9:30 – 10:15 (BST)

  • Welcome by the ASYFAIR team Prof. Nick Gill and Dr. Nicole Hoellerer
  • Welcome by the University of Exeter Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Janice Kay

1A – International Experiences of Refugee Status Determination

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 10:30 – 12:15 (BST)

Chair: John R. Campbell (SOAS, UK)

  • ‘Legal literacy and the refugee asylum experience: Developed vis-a-vis developing countries’ – Annie Margaret Ihoreere Wagana (Courts of Judicature Kampala, Uganda)
  • ‘South Africa has no camps: The attitude of judges in refugee claims adjudications concerning the policy of encampment in other Southern African states’ – Cristiano d’Orsi (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • ‘BANGLASTORIES: An introduction to the Bangladeshi community in Palermo through their legal experience of the asylum application’ – Valentina Grillo (University of Vienna, Austria)

1B – Credibility I: Credibility Assessments and Discretion

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 10:30 – 12:15 (BST)

Chair: Sule Tomkinson (Université Laval, Canada)

  • ‘Spaces of discretion in asylum adjudication: An insight into Italian tribunals specialised in asylum’ – Alice Lacchei (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • ‘Interviewing asylum-seekers in the courtroom: The experience of a French judge in light of scholarly insights’ (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO) – Fabrice Langrognet (University of Oxford, UK)
  • ‘The fiction of credibility assessments: How poor interpretation and transcription undermine adjudication procedures in Italy’ – Lorenzo Vianelli (University of Luxembourg)

2A – Legal Representation, Legal Aid and Information

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 13:15 – 15:00 (BST)

Chair: Jo Hynes (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘Evidence over legal argument: The advantages of the pro bono refugee law clinic model’ (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO)– Susan Reardon-Smith, Isabela Rodrigues Nahssen, Ram Sabaratnam and Adithi Shenava (Refugee Law Clinic, University of London, UK)
  • ‘Legal representation in 2nd instance asylum cases before the Greek Appeals Committees’ [REC]Maria Basdeki, and Martha Chatziantoniou (Solidarity Now Athens, Greece)
  • ‘Are asylum outcomes really luck of the draw? Reconsidering the relationship between access to legal advice and structural injustice’ – Emma Marshall (University of Exeter and Public Law Project, UK)

2B – Credibility II: Religious Conversion Asylum Cases

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 13:15 – 15:00 (BST)

Chair: Nicole Hoellerer (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘Finding the true convert: Tensions between church and state in asylum appeal hearings based on conversion to Christianity’ – Lena Rose (University of Oxford, UK)
  • ‘Sur place religious conversion in the asylum process: What kind of view on religion guides the Finnish state official’s credibility assessment of conversion?’ – Ilona Silvola (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
  • ‘Fragmented truths in narratives of converted Iranians in a diaspora’- Zahra Abedinezhad-Mehrabadi (Ohio State University, USA)

2C – The Challenges of Asylum Adjudication in Italy: Perspectives from the Field

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 13:15 – 15:00 (BST)

Chair: Lorenzo Vianelli (University of Luxembourg)
Discussant: Barbara Sorgoni (University of Turin, Italy)

  • ‘The international protection before the judge: A study on the decisions of the Tribunal of Bologna’ – Alessandro Fiorini (Asilo in Europa)
  • ‘Adjudicating refugee cases in Italy: Insights from a judge’ (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO)Matilde Betti (Tribunale di Bologna, Italy)
  • ‘The asylum waltz: Private feelings and public statements’ – Maurizio Veglio (International University College, Italy)

Keynote 1: Prof. Nick Gill – ‘Inside Europe’s Asylum Appeals’

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 15:15 – 17:00 (BST)

Chair: Nicole Hoellerer (University of Exeter, UK)

Prof. Nick Gill (PI ASYFAIR, University of Exeter): ‘Inside Europe’s Asylum Appeals – Ethnographic Perspectives on the Struggle for Access, Engagement and Fairness’

More information on Prof. Gill’s keynote (abstract and biography) here.

3A – Vulnerability I: Vulnerability in Refugee Status Determination

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 9:30 – 11:15 (BST)

Chair: Ben Hudson (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘The burden of vulnerability: Legal and social perspectives on asylum claims submitted in Italy’ (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO) Dany Carnassale (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
  • ‘Asylum seekers in disused military barracks: How the UK’s first refugee camps harm residents’ health’ – Jennifer Blair, Cornelius Katona and Yusuf Ciftci (Helen Bamber Foundation, UK and Doctors of the World, UK)
  • ‘Examining policies and priorities of the Indonesian government in fulfilling the rights of refugees amid the COVID-19 pandemic’ [REC] – Desi Yunitasari and Devi Yusvitasari (Ganesha University of Education, Indonesia)

3B – Asylum in Europe and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 9:30 – 11:15 (BST)

Chair: Ana Beduschi (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘Heterogeneous judicial models for the asylum claims at national level: Which consequences for the Common European Asylum System?’ – Cristina Dallara, Alice Lacchei (University of Bologna, Italy) and Madalina Moraru (Masaryk University Brno, Czechia)
  • ‘The co-constitution of the normativity of protection in Nordic asylum appeal systems’ – William Hamilton Byrne and Sarah Scott Ford (iCourts, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • ‘Exploring inconsistencies in refugee status determination in Europe: Operational perspectives on asylum appeal adjudication in practice’ – Nicole Hoellerer (ASYFAIR, University of Exeter, UK)

4A – Vulnerability II: Children in Refugee Status Determination

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 11:30 – 13:15 (BST)

Chair: Fabrice Langrognet (University of Oxford)

  • ‘Effective participation of children in asylum procedures: Asylum interviews with school-aged children seeking asylum in the Netherlands’ – Stephanie Rap (Leiden University, Netherlands)
  • ‘Separated children and the operationalisation of credibility assessment in appeal decision-making in the Republic of Ireland’ – Diego Castillo Goncalves (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • ‘Children and their rights in appellate asylum procedures in Belgium: Methodological challenges in legal-ethnographic research’ – Sara Lembrechts (Ghent University, Belgium)

4B – Asylum Determination and Adjudication in the UK

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 11:30 – 13:15 (BST)

Chair: Susan Reardon-Smith (RLC, University of London, UK)

  • ‘Legal silo’s and indifference: The wrongful prosecution of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK’ – John R. Campbell (SOAS, UK)
  • ‘Conducting disembodied online ethnographies of disembodied legal processes: Loitering with (research) intent in digital spaces’ – Jo Hynes University of Exeter, UK)
  • ‘Imaginings of the other: Home Office assertions of culture and their implications for Kurdish asylum seekers’ (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO) Kaveh Ghobadi (University of Exeter, UK)
  • ‘Cooperation and kindness in the immigration and asylum chamber’ – Susannah Paul (University of Glasgow, UK)

4C – Country of Origin Information (COI) in Refugee Status Determination

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 11:30 – 13:15 (BST)

Chair: Anthony Good (University of Edinburgh, UK)

  • ‘Country of Origin Information: The essential foundation for fair decision-making’ – Femke Vogelaar (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • ‘”It’s not what you know, it’s how you use it”: On the application of country of origin information in judicial refugee status determination decisions’ – Valentin Feneberg (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Germany and Laura Scheinert (University of Exeter, UK)
  • ‘Source assessment and the U.S. Department of State’s annual human rights reports’ – Stephanie Huber (Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation)

5A – Vulnerability III: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Refugee Status Determination

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 14:15 – 16:00 (BST)

Chair: Raawiyah Rifath (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘Assessing asylum claims of trans and gender non-conforming claimants’ [REC] (NOT INCLUDED IN VIDEO)Mariza Avgeri (Maynooth University, Ireland)
  • ‘Invariably “discreet”? Refugee status determination in Germany and France and the intricacies of “discretion” reasoning – Janna Wessels (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Subjective judicial assessments of SOGI claims at German asylum courts’ – Nicole Hoellerer (ASYFAIR, University of Exeter, UK)

5B – Effects on Refugee Status Determination and Asylum Adjudication

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 14:15 – 16:00 (BST)

Chair: Rebecca Hamlin (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

  • ‘Asylum law, decision-making and adjudication to compare between Europe and Japan’ – Yukari Ando (Osaka University, Japan)
  • ‘The Italian reform of the judicial system in the asylum procedure: Speeding up the application processes or weakening refugees’ rights to defence?’ [REC] – Francesca Di Blasi (Social Cooperative, Italy), Daniela Peruzzo (University of Essex, UK) and Cristiana Russo (Fondazione Intercammini, Italy)
  • ‘An existing role, an emerging function? The complex process and consequences of interpreters’ professionalization at the French National Court of Asylum’ – Maxime Maréchal (Université de Paris, France)

Keynote 2: Prof. Ashley B. Terlouw – ‘The Dilemma of Discretion

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 15:15 – 17:00 (BST)

Chair: Nick Gill (University of Exeter, UK)

Prof. Prof. Ashley B. Terlouw (Radboud University, Netherlands): ‘The Dilemma of Discretion: Deciding by the rules or by heart in asylum cases?’

More information on Prof. Terlouw’s keynote (abstract and biography) here.

6A – Case Law and Evidence

Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:30 – 11:15 (BST)

Chair: Nick Gill (University of Exeter, UK)

  • ‘Analysis of problematic legal issues in Turkish case law on asylum’- Gamze Ovacik (Bilkent University, Turkey)
  • ‘The role of strategic litigation in international (quasi-) adjudicating bodies in addressing border violence in the Mediterranean’ [REC] – Sara Traylor (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • ‘Adjudicating asylum appeals: Internal flight alternative in Canada’ – Sule Tomkinson (Université Laval, Canada)

6B – Fairness and Access to Justice

Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:30 – 11:15 (BST)

Chair: Livia Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)

  • ‘Access to justice for asylum seekers staying in Poland’ – Maja Łysienia (University of Zurich, Switzerland; Warsaw Bar Association, Poland)
  • ‘Assessing cultures of practice in asylum decision-making: Towards an analysis of variations in refugee appeals decisions in Ireland’ – Sasha Brown (Maynooth University, Ireland)

ASYFAIR Conference Roundtable

Friday, 2 July 2021, 11:30 – 13:30 (BST)

Chair: Nick Gill (University of Exeter, UK)

Roundtable participants

  • John R Campbell (SOAS, UK)
  • Cristiano D’Orsi (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Tobias Eule (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Anthony Good (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Rebecca Hamlin (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Livia Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Austin Kocher (Syracuse University, USA)
  • Ashley B Terlouw (Radboud University, Netherlands)
  • Helena Wray (University of Exeter, UK)

Conference Closing Remarks

Friday, 2 July 2021, 13:35 – 13:45 (BST)

  • Closing remarks by the ASYFAIR team Prof. Nick Gill and Dr. Nicole Hoellerer

For any questions or corrections, please contact the ASYFAIR team.

Webpage: Nicole Hoellerer

Video Editing: Yamen Albadin

Technical Support (during conference): Warwick Event Services

The ASYFAIR project is hosted by University of Exeter and has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. StG-2015_677917