Right to citizenship

Thursday 23 April 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 23 April 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  

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Part of our Fundamental Rights series, our panel of expert immigration and nationality lawyers will cover the following topics:

  • Citizenship as a human right
  • Deprivation of citizenship and exile as weapons in the 'war on terror': UK policy and practice
  • The avoidance and elimination of statelessness in children: UK policy and practice

The seminar will examine the practical issues surrounding the ‘right to citizenship’. A key theme of the seminar is the extent to which the right to citizenship is a human right - alongside other rights at the centre of fundamental rights protection - in common law and human rights instruments.

We will examine the obligations on the UK to avoid and eliminate statelessness for migrant children and children born in the UK. Our speakers will consider current practice, the scope for exercising discretion to register children as British citizens in hard cases, and the need to extend legal protection to children otherwise stateless.

What is included?

  • 1.5 CPD hours
  • Talks prepared by leading public and immigration law experts
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

Practitioners working in public law and immigration law, particularly those who focus on issues of nationality and citizenship.

About the speakers

Due to an urgent client commitment abroad, Laurie Fransman QC is no longer able to speak at this seminar. We would like to offer our apologies for this last-minute change to the schedule.

Laurie will be replaced by Amanda Weston who has been instructed in many of the leading cases of deprivation of citizenship for national security reasons. This has become a niche specialism for Amanda who has been involved in driving the case law on procedural fairness in this developing area.

Adrian Berry's practice spans a range of inter-related areas of public law concerning human rights and social welfare. His expertise lies in British nationality, EU citizenship, and immigration and asylum law.

Peter Grady is a Legal Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His work spans issues from the avoidance and elimination of Statelessness to international protection. He is concerned with the establishment of Statelessness Determination Procedures. He has worked on protection issues for UNHCR globally, in Hong Kong, Washington and Geneva, among other places.

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