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WEB 1170 Introduction to Asylum and International Protection

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This course is a comprehensive introduction to the areas of asylum and international protection for ILPA members, aimed at practitioners who seek an introduction to or comprehensive view of the asylum application and appeals process. 

As a backdrop, we will examine the concepts and operation of immigration control, the hierarchy of entitlements, immigration enforcement, immigration detention and bail. 

We will then provide an overview of the legal framework in relation to international protection, including asylum, humanitarian protection and human rights claims. We will explore the entire asylum process from initial claim through to appeals, judicial reviews, fresh claims, outcomes and applications for family reunion, including legal arguments and best evidence at each stage. 

We will also consider briefly the intersection of trafficking and modern slavery claims with claims for international protection. We will examine working with vulnerable clients and those lacking capacity. Finally, there will be a brief discussion on funding and legal aid.

The course does not cover the process for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, NASS, or other support issues. 


November 3
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tutor details:
Lucy Mair, Garden Court North Chambers and Sumita Gupta, Islington Law Centre and Freedom form Torture
Tutor biographies:
Sumita Gupta, Islington Law Centre

Sumita is a supervising solicitor on MiCLU's Kids in Need of Defense UK project at Islington Law Centre, for which she supervises the pro bono advice and representation provided by corporate solicitors to undocumented children and their family members. She started working in immigration and asylum and nationality law in 1999 and has since worked in both legal aid and private practice. Sumita is Senior Immigration Caseworker and Supervisor accredited by the Law Society. She has represented clients seeking asylum and leave to remain in the UK with complex applications and appeals and with their judicial review challenged, Sumita helped to develop a free immigration advice clinic in Manchester where she witnessed the impact of the hostile environment on children and families who struggle to secure status due to the complexity of the immigration rules and lack of publicly funded advice. Sumita also works as a Legal Adviser for Freedom from Torture, a national charity which supports asylum seekers and torture survivors rehabilitate in the UK through trauma focused therapy. 

Lucy Mair, Garden Court North Chambers

Lucy regularly represents clients in all types of immigration and asylum appeals. Lucy is particularly noted for representing vulnerable clients who are victims of human trafficking, torture, domestic violence and sexual or other forms of exploitation. Lucy appears regularly in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and has had success appealing to the Court of Appeal. She also has experience of bringing CART judicial reviews again the Upper Tribunal. 

Lucy's approach to immigration and asylum case is substantially informed by her detailed knowledge of domestic, regional and international human rights law due to her previous career with Human Rights Watch. 
Concessionary Training Prices: £100
Member Training Prices: £150
Non Member Training Prices: £200
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Aim of Course:
To provide a comprehensive overview for practitioners interested in entering or already working at a more junior level in the field of international protection. 
Spaces Left:
Basic, Intermediate
Anyone new to the field of asylum law and humanitarian protection or those in need of a refresher. This course will be of particular interest to caseworkers, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers, paralegals and legal assistants and anyone with clients seeking international protection.
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