ELENA, the European Legal Network on Asylum, is a forum for legal practitioners who aim to promote the highest human rights standards for the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons in need of international protection in their daily counselling and advocacy work.

 

The ELENA network extends across most European states and involves some 2,000 lawyers and legal counsellors.

 

ELENAs objectives are pursued by:

 

              Providing and reinforcing contact between practising lawyers and legal counsellors in different European countries who work on asylum cases;

 

              Facilitating the exchange of information and experience between these lawyers and legal counsellors;

 

              Studying the implementation of national and international law relating to refugees;

 

              Organising seminars on specific topics relating to refugee law and making results available to practising lawyers;

 

              Promoting the development of national networks of lawyers specialising in asylum law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 European

Legal Network on Asylum

 

 


International Introductory Course

on Refugee and Asylum Law

Presented by Professor James Hathaway

 

9-12 September 2005

Hotel Olympia

Valencia, Spain

 

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 European Council

    on Refugees and Exiles

 

ELENA is pleased to announce the return of the highly acclaimed International Course on Refugee and Asylum Law!

 

The course will introduce international refugee law in relation to current asylum trends in Europe and will be dedicated to the study of the main articles of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the status of refugees and relevant human rights treaties.

 

The course will be presented by Professor James Hathaway, a leading expert in international refugee and asylum law.  The course will be conducted in English.

 

The course is aimed at legal counsellors and lawyers from across Europe who defend or who are interested in defending cases concerning refugees and asylum seekers.

 

REGISTER NOW!

It is expected that this course will be over-subscribed and places are limited.  Closing date for registrations is 15 July 2005.  Applications will be dealt with in order of receipt.  All interested legal counsellors and lawyers are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

 



Friday  9 September 2005

17:00 19:00          Registration

20:00                         Welcome Dinner

 

Saturday 10 September 2005

Course Lecturer: Professor James Hathaway (In plenary session)

 

09:00 09:30         Welcome and Introduction to ELENA & ECRE (Chris Nash, Legal Officer/ELENA Co-ordinator, ECRE)

09:30 11:00         Introduction to the 1951 Geneva Convention Refugee Definition

11:00 11:30         Coffee Break

11:30 13:30         The 1951 Geneva Convention Refugee Definition:

1)    Alienage

                                    2)    Genuine Risk

13:30 14:30         Lunch

14:30 16:00         Refugee Definition continued:

                               3)     Risk to basic human rights

16:00 16:30         Coffee Break

16:30 18:30         Refugee Definition continued:

4)     Failure of state protection

 

Free Evening

 

Sunday 11 September 2005  (In plenary session)

 

09:00 11:00         Refugee Definition continued:

5)     Nexus to civil or political status

11:00 11:30         Coffee Break

11:30 13:00         Refugee Definition continued:

6)     Needs and deserves protection Arts. 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F

13:00 14:30         Lunch

14:30 16:00         The structure of rights entitlement under the 1951 Geneva Convention

16:00 16:30         Coffee Break

16:30 18:00         The duty of non-refoulement: Art. 33 of the 1951 Geneva Convention

20:00                         Social Evening

 

 

Monday 12 September 2005  (In plenary session)

 

09:00 11:00         Case Studies: understanding the distinction between non-refoulement and asylum, and identifying indirect risks of refoulement

11:00 11:30                   Coffee Break

11:30 12:30                   Situating the duty of non-refoulement in relation to more general human rights obligations The prohibition of refoulement under international human rights law (Art 3 ECHR; Art 3 CAT; Art 7 ICCPR)

12:30                         Close and Departure

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 
PLEASE WRITE IN CAPITAL LETTERS OR TYPE

 

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Please return this form by 15 July 2005 to the:

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON REFUGEES AND EXILES

Attn.: Julie Churchill

103 Worship Street, LONDON, EC2A 2DF, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7377 7556           

Fax:  + 44 (0) 20 7377 7586

E-mail: jchurchill@ecre.org

 

Registration Fee

The fee for participation for lawyers and NGO staff is 395 sterling and 450 sterling for government officials.  This is a residential course and the fee will cover seminar costs, accommodation, meals as per the programme and documentation. 

 

On receipt of the registration form, we will send you confirmation, programme information and details on payment methods.