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Garden Court and UNHCR joint seminar on the Refugee Convention: the boundaries of protection (Article 1C)

Thursday 21 November 2019, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Garden Court Chambers

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Over 2019-20 Garden Court Chambers is hosting three seminars exploring the boundaries of refugee protection.

Experts from the London Office of the UNHCR will join leading refugee law barristers at Garden Court to discuss the scope and content of end of refugee status through Cessation, Cancellation, Exclusion and Revocation: the processes involved and the role of UNHCR as "guardian of the convention".

These seminars are intended for solicitors and representatives from NGOs working in the field of refugee law. 

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm, followed by drinks reception
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ  
Cost: FREE
Areas of Law: Immigration Law

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This will be the first of three joint seminars with UNHCR exploring the boundaries of refugee protection.

The panel will discuss:

  • UNHCR's mandate and role in the cessation process
  • Misconceptions and which issues practitioners should target
  • The scope and content of Article 1C (1)-(6) of the 1951 Convention (and the equivalent provisions in the 2004 EU Qualification Directive)
  • Challenging the process
  • The SSHD's policy
  • Leading developments/pending cases 


  • Ali Bandegani, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
  • Sonali Naik QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Mark Symes, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Helen-Marie Fraher, Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR (UK)
  • Alan Deve, Protection Associate, UNHCR (UK)

Please note: details of part 2 and 3 of this seminar series, which will take place in 2020, will be posted closer to the time.

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