“Informed Consent is a voluntary agreement to participate in research. It is not merely a form that is signed, but a process in which the subject has an understanding of the research and its risks.” (Source).




ASYFAIR involves both ethnographic observations of asylum appeal hearings and interviews with professionals, volunteers, court staff and asylum appellants. As all academic studies in involving human beings, the ASYFAIR research team completed rigorous ethical checks, and all research activities are carried out according to the ethical guidelines set by professional standards and checked by the European Research Council and the University of Exeter.

We are therefore committed to obtain informed consent from our research participants where and when it is appropriate.

Research participants can withdraw from the study at any point without providing a reason, and the research team will respect their decision. There are absolutely no penalties for withdrawing from the study.

If participants want to withdraw, they can tell us in person during the course of the observation or interview, or they can contact us later in various ways: by emailing the researchers or by filling in this form on our website, by emailing the ethics officer at the researchers’ home institution (, by post or by telephoning us (click here for our contact details).