Ms Linda Kirk
Senior Member at the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal, Melbourne (Australia)
Linda Kirk holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge and a First Class Honours degree in Law and an Economics degree from the University of Adelaide. She is currently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma in Law (Human Rights) at Monash University. Linda is a Senior Member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal in Melbourne, Australia and the Chair of the Australasian Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.
Prof Liliana Lyra Jubilut
Professor at the Postgraduate Programme in Law at Universidade Católica de Santos
Liliana Lyra Jubilut holds a PhD and a Master in International Law from the Universidade de São Paulo and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and is a Professor at the Postgraduate Programme in Law at Universidade Católica de Santos where she teaches Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law and International Law, and was the coordinator of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair in partnership with UNHCR. She has been working for over 16 years with the topic of refugees, mainly in Brazil and Latin America. She was a Lawyer at the Refugee Center of Cáritas Arquidiocesana de São Paulo (Brazil) in partnership with UNHCR and the Brazilian National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), and a consultant for UNHCR-Brazil. She coordinated a national research on migrants’ access to rights and services in Brazil for the Ministry of Justice’s “Pensando o Direito” series that was published in 2015.
Dr Efthymios Papastavridis
Part-Time Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Thrace (Greece)
Dr Efthymios Papastavridis is a Part-Time Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Thrace and a Research Fellow at the Academy of Athens since 2009; he is also a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Athens, Faculty of Law. His post-doctoral research is focused on forced migration through the Mediterranean Sea and the responsibility of States under international law. Dr Papastavridis has taught at University College London, Westminster University, University of Athens and he has written extensively on issues concerning the law of the sea, State Responsibility and migration. He has consulted the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs on issues of law of the sea as well as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on transnational organized crime at sea. In 2012 he was the Director of the Centre for Research Studies of the Hague Academy of International Law (English-speaking section).
Dr Rebecca Stern
Senior Lecturer at University of Uppsala, Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Rebecca Stern is a Senior Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Uppsala and a Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University; both in Sweden. She teaches Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Migration Law and The Rights of the Child. She is also the Coordinator of L/UMIN, a newly established research collaboration between the universities of Uppsala and Lund. Her current research focuses on the implementation of international law on the domestic level from a rights-based perspective, and on the interface between international law, EU law and national law in the field of refugee and subsidiary protection. She has previously worked for the Swedish Aliens Appeals Board, the Refugee Advice Centre and the Swedish Red Cross.
Mr Mark Symes
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (United Kingdom)
Mark Symes has been a specialist in asylum and refugee law since the early 1990s. He has represented refugees in every court from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights, and has a flourishing judicial review practice, specialising in refugee and subsidiary protection. He is particularly interested in the European dimension of international protection, and arguments based on the Qualification, Procedures and Reception Directives, and on the Charter of Fundamental Rights; and in exclusion from refugee status and subsidiary protection.