SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Seeking Refuge: caught between bureaucracy, lawyers and public indifference?


Date: 16 April 2009Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 17 April 2009Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: TBC

Type of Event: Conference

Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and hosted by the Centre of African Studies, University of London.

What is the situation confronting 'refugees' and immigrants who enter Europe and North America? While this issue has received considerable attention in the press there has been too little in-depth research examining the issues which confront those who seek asylum. This conference seeks to remedy that gap by bringing together innovative new research – by anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers, historians, social scientists, asylum/immigrant advocates and human rights activists – in the form of cutting-edge case studies of the political institutions, bureaucratic obstacles, legal issues and sociopolitical process that asylum seekers confront.

Conference panels:

  1. The role and impact of national and regional asylum and immigration policies and controls
  2. The experience of refugees …on route …
  3. The experience of refugees on arrival …
  4. Lawyers, lawyering and immigration litigation
  5. The importance of language, culture and gender in asylum appeals
  6. The courts, experts and deciding the law
  7. Detention and Deportation: The process and experience of detention


To register and for updates (e.g. information on hotels, key note speakers, CPD credit etc) see:

Further information can be obtained by contacting the conference convener Dr. John R. Campbell at:

Conference Fees

AttendeeOne day*Both days
Post Graduate students£17.00£30.00
NGOs/human rights activists£25.00£45.00

*(If you book for one day please specify whether it is for April 17th OR April 18th)

The registration fee includes tea/coffee & biscuits and lunch. There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday April 16 (further information will be announced at the conference and individuals are expected to pay for their own food and drink).

Participants will need to pay for their own expenses including travel, hotel and food.