Established in 2021, the RLI Working Group on the Role of Courts in Shaping Access to Asylum provides a space for academics and practitioners engaging with the decisions of international, regional, and domestic courts (and quasi-judicial adjudicative bodies) in their impact refugees and asylum seekers. It is a platform for discussion and the exchange of ideas, and a space where members can receive constructive feedback on work in progress. 

Key outputs and activities

  • The group meets once every 3 months to discuss a paper of interest, presented by group members or a guest speaker. In 2022, meetings have centred on the theme of the role of human rights treaty monitoring bodies in the asylum context. In future, it is hoped that the group will develop collaborative research outputs and contribute to RLI Declarations.

The Working Group on the Role of Courts in Shaping Access to Asylum is convened currently by Dr Gillian Kane. RLI network members who wish to become involved should email the convenors directly.

Current members

Tatiana-Maria Cernicova-Dragomir

PhD student within a joint-PhD program between the Law Faculty of the West University of Timișoara (Romania) and Università degi Studi di Udine (Italy)

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Dr. Ben Hudson

Tutor: Internal displacement in law and policy
Senior Lecturer at University of Lincoln

Dr. Madalina Moraru

Assistant Professor of EU law, Centre for Judicial Cooperation, European University Institute


Matthew Zagor

Associate Professor at Australian National University, Director of Law Reform and Social Justice (ANU)