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(FULLY BOOKED) DT 1815 Children's Citizenship Rights Training for Legal Practitioners

This training will provide legal practitioners with a detailed understanding of the law and policy concerning children's rights to British citizenship and key barriers to children exercising these rights.

Training Prices: 

ILPA Members (category A, R & P): Free
ILPA Members (all other categories): £120
Non-members: £240

To book a place on this course please email Amira Rady on [email protected]

Event details

Date(s):09 July 2019
Start Time:10:00
End Time:17:00
Location:London
Level:Basic;Intermediate
Main area:Nationality
Main area other:Training Prices: 

ILPA Members (category A, R & P): Free
ILPA Members (all other categories): £120
Non-members: £240

To book a place on this course please email Amira Rady on [email protected]

Free places only apply to members of ILPA under membership categories A (small not-for-profit organisations), R (full time students/unemployed/retired), and P (pupil barristers / trainee solicitors).
If you are unsure what category of membership you have then please get in touch or check here.
Aim of course:

It will draw on the litigation, research and experience of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) to:

  • Ensure participants are familiar with the relevant statutory rights and the origins and parliamentary intentions behind them;

  • Enable participants to undertake complex citizenship claims and challenges on behalf of children, including children in local authority care, stateless children and children of EU citizens; and

  • Equip participants to give effect to these statutory rights by:

  1. securing British passports and recognition of citizenship of children with British citizenship;
  2. registering children born and growing up in the UK as British citizens; and
  3. challenging law, policy and practice that is incompatible with children's citizenship rights and legal duties owed to children concerning their welfare and best interests in the higher courts.
Topics:

AGENDA AND SPEAKERS



  • Intentions of Parliament when passing the British Nationality Act 1981 (Steve Valdez-Symonds former legal officer of ILPA and current refugee and migrant rights programme director at Amnesty UK)
  • Meaning of ‘settled’ status under section 1(1) BNA 1981 (Steve Valdez-Symonds former legal officer of ILPA and current refugee and migrant rights programme director at Amnesty UK) 

  • Entitlement and discretion provisions on registration of children as British citizens (Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Director)



  • Application Process and Evidence (Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Director and MRC solicitor)



  • Citizenship fees (law, policy and caselaw) and an update on caselaw in relation to general children's citizenship claims (Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers)



  • Good character requirement (Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers)


Tutor details:Solange Valdez-Symonds, Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC). Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International. Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers. Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers.
Tutor biographies:Solange Valdez-Symonds is a solicitor and director of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC). She was named 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Children’s Rights category and is an expert on the good character requirement. She works as a supervising solicitor for Migrants Resource Centre (MRC). She is 14 years PQE and has over 19 years experience in nationality and immigration law.
 
Ronan's practice covers all areas of asylum and immigration. He has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and changing interrelationship of international and European law, domestic legislation, immigration rules and policies and judicial decisions that make immigration and asylum a complicated area law.

Having worked in the area since 1989, Ronan has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and changing interrelationship of international and European law, domestic legislation, immigration rules and policies and judicial decisions that make immigration and asylum a complicated area law. He is able to identify practical and creative solutions to his clients' immigration problems and to give clear and comprehensive advice. His assistance ensures the most effective presentation of his clients' cases to the immigration authorities and to the courts and tribunals. Ronan edits Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice, the leading practitioners' text.
Amanda practises across a wide range of public and administrative law fields with an emphasis on civil liberties and vulnerable client groups. She was a finalist for the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year Award 2013.
 
Amanda has a long-standing commitment to upholding the rights of immigrants and their families. She is a regular contributor to the Legal Action Immigration Law update and writes the SIAC practice & procedure update for LAG.
Steve Valdez-Symonds is the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director at Amnesty International UK and volunteer with the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC). His experience of immigration and nationality law includes six years as the legal officer of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA).

 
Additional information:Lunch and refreshments are provided. Please advise of any specific dietary requirements when booking.
PriceNon Member Training Prices: £240
Member Training Prices: £120
Concessionary Training Prices: £0

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