Tag Archives: Refugee Convention

Supreme Court refuses to take “retrograde step” on the tort of false imprisonment

R (Jalloh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 4 (12 February 2020)  The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the government’s appeal in Jalloh (formerly Jollah) concerning the law on damages for the tort of false imprisonment. The … Continue reading

Posted in Article 5, Asylum, Court of Appeal, Curfew, Detention, ECHR, Human Rights, Judicial Review, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The situation in Sudan remains volatile 

AAR & AA (Non-Arab Darfuris – return) Sudan [2019] UKUT 282 (IAC) (7 August 2019) These appeals concerned the question whether the guidance given in AA (non-Arab Darfuris – relocation) Sudan CG [2009] UKAIT 00056 and MM (Darfuris) Sudan CG … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, Refugee Convention, Sudan | Tagged , | Leave a comment

High Court orders asylum-seeker’s return to pursue appeal 

PN (Uganda) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1616 (Admin) (24 June 2019) In these judicial review proceedings, brought by “PN”, Lewis J held that the dismissal of Ugandan woman’s appeal against the refusal of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Article 3, Article 8, Asylum, Court of Appeal, Dyson JSC/MR, High Court, Judicial Review, Persecution, Refugee Convention, Tribunals, Uganda, Women, Yarl's Wood IRC | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brexit and the UK’s future immigration system

The spectre of crashing out of the EU without a deal is sending jitters across the UK. Events have clearly shown that holding a snap poll on immigration failed to do justice to the true merits of EU membership. Last … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, Brexit, Citizens Directive, CJEU, ECHR, European Union, Immigration Rules, Politics, Tier 1, Tier 2, UKSC, Windrush, Working | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What is the correct approach to assessing medical evidence in asylum claims alleging torture?

The Supreme Court recently considered the correct approach to the assessment of medical evidence in asylum claims alleging torture. In KV (Sri Lanka) [2017] EWCA Civ 119, Elias, Patten and Sales LJJ held that the decision in KV (scarring – … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, Court of Appeal, Lady Hale, Persecution, Refugee Convention, Sri Lanka, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Court of Appeal holds that a ‘rolling review’ is acceptable

R (Spahiu) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2604 (28 November 2018) Adding to the vast expanse of technical judicial review litigation, this judgment concerns a protracted dispute between a failed asylum-seeker and the Home … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, Asylum, Court of Appeal, Culture, ECHR, Judicial Review, Removals, Tribunals | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Standard of Proof for Statelessness is Balance of Probabilities

AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2234 (12 October 2018) The Court of Appeal has held that those asserting that they are stateless need to prove their case on the balance of probabilities. … Continue reading

Posted in Asylum, Citizenship and Nationality, CJEU, Court of Appeal, Deportation, Eritrea, Ethiopia, European Union, Immigration Rules, Nationality, Nigeria, Palestine, Persecution, Proportionality, Public Interest, Refugee Convention, South Africa, Statelessness, Tribunals, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Serious Breaches of Duties of Procedural Fairness and Candour by Home Office in Calais Children’s Cases

R (Citizens UK) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1812 (31 July 2018) These proceedings concerned Citizens UK’s appeal against Soole J’s decision that the expedited process adopted by the Home Office to assess the … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, Asylum, Children, Court of Appeal, David Bolt, ECHR, Entry Clearance, European Union, Human Rights Act, Judicial Review, Rule of law | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Refugee Convention: Metropolitan Territory is Distinct from Dependent Territories

R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 (30 July 2018) In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has held that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the … Continue reading

Posted in Asylum, ECHR, Entry Clearance, Free Movement, Immigration Rules, Judicial Review, Persecution, Proportionality, Refugee Convention, UKSC, United Nations | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Court of Appeal: ‘Indiscriminate Methods of Warfare’ in Gaza

MI (Palestine) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1782 (31 July 2018) Holding that it is sufficiently arguable that the situation in Gaza is attributable to direct and indirect actions of parties to the conflict … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, Automatic Deportation, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Persecution, Politics, Somalia, Terrorism, Tribunals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Restricted Leave: Only Rare Cases are Suitable for Settlement

Babar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 329 (01 March 2018) Tanvir Babar used to be a Pakistani policeman. He worked in law enforcement for 17 years and was in charge of a squad of … Continue reading

Posted in Appendix FM, Article 3, Article 8, Asylum, ECHR, False Statements, Immigration Rules, Integration, Pakistan, Proportionality, Public Interest, Refugee Convention, RLR, Settlement | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Medical Cases: Asylum, Torture and EU Law

Case C-353/16 MP (Sri Lanka) v SSHD (ECLI:EU:C:2017:795) In this reference, the Supreme Court asked the CJEU to rule on the question whether a third country national, who had been tortured in the past but will not be tortured upon return, … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, CFR, CJEU, ECHR, European Union, International Law, Persecution, Refugee Convention, Removals, Sri Lanka, Statelessness, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seven Year Rule: ‘Powerful Reasons’ Approach Confirmed

MT & ET (Child’s Best Interests: Ex Tempore Pilot) Nigeria [2018] UKUT 88(IAC) (1 February 2018) The president Peter Lane J has reconfirmed Elias LJ’s doctrine in MA (Pakistan) & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 705 (see here) that “powerful reasons” are … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Article 8, Asylum, Children, ECHR, Judges, Nigeria, Proportionality, Students, Tribunals, UKSC, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Case Preview: FA (Pakistan) v SSHD

This appeal provides the Supreme Court the opportunity to further interpret its own historic case law by ascertaining (i) whether the refusal of asylum on the expectation an individual will suppress the expression of their religious faith, where the state … Continue reading

Posted in Ahmadis, Appeals, Article 3, Asylum, Islam, Pakistan, Persecution, Refugee Convention, UKSC | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Case Preview: Bashir and Others v SSHD

In her Christmas speech to British forces in Akrotiri, the prime minister celebrated the downfall of ISIS. Temporarily relieved from the turbulence of domestic and European politics, a triumphant Theresa May stressed that British military bases in Cyprus – the … Continue reading

Posted in Appeals, Article 14, Asylum, Brexit, CFR, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Human Trafficking, International Law, Italy, Judicial Review, Persecution, Politics, Refugee Convention, Settlement, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

AG Bot: No Coverage for Mental Illness and Past Torture under the Qualification Directive

The annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came at the cost of widespread human rights abuses and “unacceptably high” civilian casualties if not outright genocide. In MP (Sri Lanka) (C‑353/16, EU:C:2017:795), a reference from the UK Supreme … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, ECHR, European Union, Persecution, Politics, Refugee Convention, Settlement, Sri Lanka, Terrorism, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Drug Dealing and Deportation: No Sympathy in Strasbourg for Settled Nigerian Criminal

Ndidi v United Kingdom – 41215/14 (Article 8 – Expulsion – Nigeria) [2017] ECHR 781 (14 September 2017) Nicknamed “Bruiser” for “roughing up” his minions in the underworld of drug dealing, Ifeanyi Chukwu Ndidi, a Nigerian, entered the UK aged … Continue reading

Posted in Article 8, Automatic Deportation, Children, ECHR, Human Rights, Immigration Act 2014, Immigration Act 2016, Immigration Rules, Judges, Judicial Review, Legal Aid, Nigeria, Proportionality, Public Interest, Refugee Convention, s 55 BCIA, Settlement, Tribunals | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bad Citizen and EU Law

Arranz (EEA Regulations – Deportation – Test: Spain) [2017] UKUT 294 (IAC) (22 August 2017) Over the years, the CJEU has carved out a special status for those bad EU citizens whose extreme crimes totally transgress the laws of the … Continue reading

Posted in Article 5, Article 6, Article 7, Brexit, CFR, Citizens Directive, Citizenship and Nationality, CJEU, Deportation, ECHR, European Union, False Statements, Human Rights Act, Permanent Residence, Proportionality, Refugee Convention, Terrorism, Tribunals, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Human Marketplace’: New Libya Country Guidance

ZMM (Article 15(c)) Libya CG [2017] UKUT 263 (IAC) (28 June 2017) When “mad dog” Muammar Gaddafi deposed Libya’s King Idris in 1969, his hero Nasser was both shocked and amused that the jaded ideology conjuring up fake dreams of … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Asylum, European Union, Human Trafficking, Iraq, Islam, Libya, Manchester, Persecution, Politics, Refugee Convention, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Principles of Staying Proceedings in IJR

R (AO & AM) v SSHD (Stay of Proceedings – Principles) [2017] UKUT 168 (IAC) (28 March 2017) You might be forgiven for thinking that only unethical people operating in the courts of Asia or Africa, where corruption reigns supreme, demand … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice, Article 8, Asylum, CFR, Children, ECHR, Eritrea, Families, Judicial Review, Stays, UNCRC | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment