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Campbell, John (2020) 'The Role of Lawyers, Judges and Country Experts in British Asylum and Immigration Law.' International Journal of Law in Context, 16 (1). pp. 1-16.

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This paper examines the work of lawyers, judges and country experts involved in asylum and migration litigation. I begin by analysing their work in the wider semi-autonomous asylum field within which a number of powerful institutions operate to shape policy, define the roles of key actors and determine access to legal redress/justice by asylum applicants and migrants. To understand the work of these three legal actors, I analyse four very different types of legal cases involving asylum, foreign adoption and migration law. An analysis of these cases helps to identify the constraints on effective litigation on behalf of refugees and migrants against the British Home Office and it illustrates the fact that it is Home Office policy, and the decisions taken by Home Office officials, that created the injustice for the individuals concerned by blurring the ‘bright line’ differentiating between the rights of nationals and those of ‘foreigners’.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: lawyers, judges, country experts, United Kingdom, migration, litigation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 17445523
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2020. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Cambridge University Press in International Journal of Law in Context, available online:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 08:11
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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