DT 1814 The Past, Present and Future of Refugee Law: Refugee Week Seminar + Drinks Reception

In honour of Refugee Week ILPA are hosting 'The Past, Present and Future of Refugee Law' seminar, Chaired by Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of Refugee Council

Our expert panel will be discussing various issues relating to refugee and asylum law, key case updates, the future of refugee law post White Paper as well as touching upon two key points; 

1) the crucial role of law as a means of achieving positive change, even in the difficult area of public policy, and
2) the vital importance of ensuring good representation for anyone subject to the adversarial asylum process. 

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception. 

Event details

Date(s):20 June 2019
Start Time:18:00
End Time:21:00
Main area:Asylum;Detention;Removal/deportation
Main area other:The seminar is FREE and open to all. Please book your space here:
Tutor details:Chair: Maurice Wren, Chief Executive, Refugee Council Panel: Dr Chelvan, No5 Barristers' Chambers, Audrey Cherryl Mogan, Garden Court Chambers, Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR, Nina Rathbone-Pullen, Wilson Solicitors LLP and Rosalyn Akar Grams, Freedom from Forture
Tutor biographies:Dr Chelvan, No5 Barristers' Chambers

Dr Chelvan was awarded a PhD in Refugee Law from King's College London. Dr Chelvan is a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights claims based on sexual, or gender identity and expression.  He is instructed on cases in the UK up to and including the Supreme Court, and the Strasbourg Court.  Chelvan views his role is that of a story-teller and interpreter, translating his client’s narratives into the foreign language called the law, but to do so, establishing ‘the safe space’ in order for the person seeking asylum to be able to tell their stories.
Having practiced in the field of LGBT+ asylum since 2001, Chelvan has been recognised as the leading legal expert by the UK’s Legal Directories since 2006, spearheading some of the leading cases since 2005 (Band 1 in Immigration Legal 500 2017).  Since 2010, Chelvan has been consulted as an internationally recognised expert by the United Nations, the IOM, regional and national governmental organisations and bodies, lawyers and NGOs.  His Difference, Stigma, Shame and Harm (‘DSSH’) model, created by Chelvan in 2011 as a positive tool to determine an LGBT+ asylum claim is used globally, endorsed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees since 2012, EASO, the IOM, the IARLJ and used by various governments, including the UK’s Home Office, since 2015. 

Audrey Cherryl Mogan, Garden Court Chambers

Audrey Cherryl Mogan is a criminal defence barrister with particular expertise representing vulnerable defendants, including those with mental health issues and drug addiction. Her background in European human rights law, trafficking, deportation and asylum, makes her qualified to advise on these matters within a criminal context. Prior to commencing pupillage, Audrey was a Legal Project Manager at the European human rights law charity, The AIRE Centre, where she advised foreign nationals facing deportation and removal, and provided training on free movement law. She managed a strategic litigation project challenging Operation Nexus, a joint deportation initiative between Home Office Immigration Enforcement and police forces across the UK (R (on the application of The AIRE Centre) v SSHD and Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis) and travelled to the refugee camps in France, Italy and Greece to document the impact of the Dublin Regulation on asylum seekers in Europe.
Audrey has nine years of experience working in human rights, including at the genocide prevention NGO, Aegis Trust, at their offices in London and Rwanda. During her time in Rwanda she also worked for the Ministry of Justice, where she supported the drafters in developing discrimination laws and re-draft the genocide ideology law. Whilst completing her MSc, Audrey was awarded a grant from the LSE to travel to Sri Lanka in 2010 to complete her dissertation on the human rights abuses committed during the civil war.

Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, Representative to the United Kingdom, UNHCR 

Ms. Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor took up her post as UNHCR’s Representative to the UK in December 2018. Prior to this she had served two years as Director for External Relations at UNHCR‘s Headquarters in Geneva. Ms Pagliuchi-Lor has over 30 years of experience in refugee and humanitarian work, and has served UNHCR in a diverse country contexts, including Pakistan, Nepal, Iraq, Kenya, Belgium, Hungary and Italy. Ms. Pagliuchi-Lor holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy.

Nina Rathbone-Pullen, Partner, Wilson Solicitors LLP

Nina is a partner in our Public Law department specialising in judicial review and civil claims for compensation against the state; with a particular focus on the rights of people held in immigration detention.

She graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class honours degree in Politics with International Studies and achieved distinction in the Legal Practice Course.
In 2015 she was awarded the Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence awards for her outstanding work on behalf of victims of trafficking. Her work representing victims of trafficking and Modern Day Slavery has had a lasting and positive impact on this area of law, clarifying and upholding the UK’s obligations to individuals who have survived human trafficking. Nina is committed to representing individuals held in immigration detention. She is dedicated to securing the release of her clients who are detained unlawfully by the Home Office and to achieving excellent financial settlements for clients who have been deprived of their liberty. She is praised by her clients for her empathy, care and passion.
The Legal 500 has recognised “Nina Rathbone Pullen’s ‘knowledge of immigration, detention, trafficking and community care law enables her to provide comprehensive advice to her vulnerable client base’ and her “real technical expertise” [2018]
Nina is co-convenor of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association’s Removals, Detention and Offences working group. Before this she served as trustee for ILPA between 2014 and 2017.

Rosalyn Akar Grams, Interim National Manager - Medico Legal Report Service, Freedom from Torture

Rosalyn Akar Grams is the Interim National Manager of the Medico-Legal Reports Service at Freedom from Torture.  Freedom from Torture is the largest UK-based human rights organisation dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors. Services are offered across England and Scotland to around 1,000 torture survivors a year. The internationally recognised Medico-Legal Report Service produces detailed forensic reports and has been acknowledged by the UK Home Office in an Asylum Policy Instruction as “having recognised expertise in the assessment of the physical, psychological, psychiatric and social effects of torture.”  Rosalyn has been at Freedom from Torture for over 5 years and in her permanent role she is National Manager of the Legal Advice and Welfare Service, which works with clients in all 5 of Freedom from Torture’s centres as part of their holistic model of rehabilitation.  In 2017, she was shortlisted for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards for this work promoting the rights of survivors of torture going through the asylum system and securing access to justice.   She has recently been involved in Freedom from Torture’s joint intervention the Supreme Court case of KV v SSHD [2019] UKSC 10.  Prior to joining Freedom from Torture, Rosalyn was a practising solicitor at Wilson Solicitors LLP for over 10 years, specialising in asylum and with a focus on survivors of torture, victims of trafficking and gender based violence and children.  She acted in cases throughout the appeal process up to the Supreme Court.  She started her work in this field at the Refugee Legal Centre in 2002.

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