Palestinian refugees and Article 1D (18 December 2023) – Free Movement

Join us on Monday 18 December for a one-hour live webinar where we will be discussing the special status of Palestinian refugees and Article 1D of the Refugee Convention.

Date Monday 18 December
Time 11:00 – 12:00
Fee £60 + VAT
Location Online (Zoom)

What we will cover

Asylum claims from Palestinians are unique because Palestinians can be “excluded” from protection afforded by the Refugee Convention. Understanding how Article 1D of the Refugee Convention operates is therefore very important for anyone advising on these types of claims.

In this webinar we will be discussing:

  • the context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (in brief!)
  • the legal approach to the question of Palestinian refugees and the issue of statelessness
  • Article 1D and the key case law interpreting it
  • how protection claims from Palestinians are dealt with in the UK
  • UNRWA protection and assistance, and the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict
  • practical tips on how to prepare an application, including evidence-gathering and how best to avoid a refusal

We should also have time at the end for a short Q&A.

We will not be covering family reunion applications for family members of Palestinian refugees living in the UK, or entry clearance applications made by Palestinians from outside the UK.

Who should attend this webinar?

This webinar is suitable for anyone providing legal advice to or working with asylum seekers in the UK (solicitors, barristers, OISC advisers, NGO staff). Immigration advisers are expected to start encountering more of these cases as a direct result of the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, so it’s important to know how to approach them.

No prior knowledge of Article 1D and the special status of Palestinian refugees is required, but attendees should have a working knowledge of the asylum process in the UK. It’s aimed at those practising at an “intermediate” level.

Attendance can be counted towards continuing professional development.

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About the presenters

Grace Capel is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and specialises in asylum, immigration and public law. Grace was part of the legal team instructed in C-349/20 AB and NB v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the interpretation of Article 1D in the case of a severely disabled Palestinian child with complex care needs and his mother. This is one of the key cases which will be discussed in the briefing. Grace has represented many Palestinian appellants in the immigration tribunal, most of whom fled from the UNRWA area of operations in Lebanon.

Jasmine Quiller-Doust is the training manager at Free Movement and a non-practising solicitor. She is a founding member and trustee of Samos Volunteers – a non-profit organisation providing support to refugees and asylum seekers in Greece – where she has worked with many protection claimants of Palestinian origin. Jasmine has a particular interest in Palestinian refugees in the international law context, and along with Colin Yeo, devised Free Movement’s training course on Palestinian refugees.

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