Christel Querton





Christel is a PhD candidate funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council at Newcastle University. Her research examines whether women and girls who flee armed conflicts and seek international protection in the European Union (‘EU’) are adequately protected in a manner which takes account of specific forms of gender-related persecution or gender-based violence and in particular the gender-differentiated impact of armed conflict. The research aims to critically analyse the law, jurisprudence and policy in the EU by looking at selected Member States (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) to determine the way in which EU Member States implement and interpret international and European refugee and human rights law standards in the asylum claims of women and girls who flee armed conflict and generalised violence.
Christel was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 (Middle Temple) and is an asylum, immigration and human rights barrister at Lamb Building. She is also a Trustee of the Asylum Research Consultancy Foundation and a member of the Women’s Project Advisory Committee at Asylum Aid. Christel was previously employed at Asylum Aid and Wilson Solicitors LLP.

Publications/recent projects:

  • Case Notes and Comments: MK (section 55 – Tribunal options) [2015] UKUT 223 (IAC) (15 April 2015), Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 2015, 29(3), 326-328.
  • Women fleeing armed conflict: Seeking international protection in the UK in `Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre´ Edited by Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne and Jenni Millbank, Routledge, 2014.
  • Gender related asylum claims in Europe: A comparative analysis of law, policies and practice focusing on women in nine EU Member States, European Parliament, May 2012.
  • I feel like as a woman I’m not welcome: A gender analysis of UK asylum law, policy and practice, Asylum Aid, January 2012.
  • The interpretation of the Convention ground of `membership of a Particular Social Group´ in the context of gender-related claims for asylum: A critical analysis of the Tribunal’s approach in the UK, Refugee Law Initiative, Working Paper No 3, January 2012.

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