Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

NASCNasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre and  UCD’s Sutherland School of Law invite you to a one day conference to mark World Refugee Day on the 20th June 2014 in UCD’s William Fry Theatre from 10 am – 3pm. The conference, titled Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System.

This conference is an opportunity to bring together politicians and policymakers, practitioners, advocates and other interested parties to discuss and critically assess the protection system in Ireland, the pending introduction of the Single Procedure, how it will impact the protection system in Ireland and what legacy issues will remain.

Some of the issues to be addressed include: international best practice, leave to land, early legal intervention, the legacy of direct provision, subsidiary protection, unaccompanied minors, family reunification of refugees, and the Judicial Review process.  The conference is very timely as the discussions generated could potentially inform thinking on the upcoming Immigration, Residency and Protection Bill.

Confirmed list of speakers:

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR – morning keynote: overview of protection, role of UNHCR

Liam Thornton, UCD – direct provision

Olaniyi Kolawole, UCC – human cost of protection system

Patricia Brazil, BL & Trinity College Dublin– history of protection system, JRs, legacy issues

Colm O’Dwyer, BL – separated children

Jacqueline Kelly, Irish Refugee Council – early legal intervention

Claire Cumiskey, Nasc – family reunification

Barry Magee, Refugee Appeals Tribunal – on role of RAT

Karen Berkeley, Brophy Solicitors – on statelessness

Clare Kelly, Legal Aid Board

Steven McQuitty, BL (NI) – afternoon keynote, on JLM case and NI/UK perspective



To attend this conference, please email Bethany Wynee-Morgan on Please note that there is no charge for this event. CPD points are available from UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Further details available here. You can download the conference poster for this event here.

Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Statelessness and International Law

utf-8UNHCR-GLC-Statelessness-Poster-A1-screen2 (2)Cathryn Costello is the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law

Dates: 17–18 May 2014

Location: Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK


The issue of statelessness has risen considerably on the agenda of the United Nations, regional institutions, governments and civil society. There is also an increasing body of theoretical and empirical research looking at citizenship and lack thereof from various perspectives. It is within this context that the Refugee Studies Centre offers its fourth short course on statelessness and international law, aiming to examine the causes, consequences and remedies for statelessness around the globe. This two day, non-residential course will be participative and interactive, involving workshops, case studies and lectures by some of the leading experts in this field. The course will include a review of recent developments in empirical research on the causes and consequences of statelessness, new statelessness procedures (in the UK and elsewhere), and jurisprudence on deprivation of nationality. Continue reading “Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Statelessness and International Law”

Refugee Studies Centre Short Course: Statelessness and International Law

The Global Phenomenon of Statelessness: Causes and Solutions

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Carl Grainger, Protection Associate, UNHCR Ireland

UNHCR estimates that there are approximately 12 million stateless people worldwide. Statelessness can be defined as occurring when an individual is not considered a national by any state.

This phenomenon can arise in a number of circumstances. For instance, the turbulent dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Yugoslav Federation caused internal and external migration that left hundreds of thousands stateless throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. To this day, tens of thousands of people in the region remain stateless or at risk of statelessness.

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The Global Phenomenon of Statelessness: Causes and Solutions