Current Thinking in Refugee Law: Well Founded Fear

Current Thinking in Refugee Law: Well Founded Fear
23 October 2018, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Recent discussions surrounding refugee law have largely concentrated on procedural developments. But the substantive law has not stood still. The boundaries of refugee status remain one of the most important aspects of the protection afforded to forced migrants by international and domestic law.

In this lecture series - Current Thinking in Refugee Law - two of the foremost thinkers in refugee law, Mark Symes (Garden Court Chambers) and Hugo Storey (Judge of Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber), present a series of four discussions addressing the key constituents of refugee status.

Well Founded Fear

Topics covered include:

  • The meaning of well founded fear 
  • The standard of proof 
  • The assessment of evidence (including assessing credibility, late disclosure, corroborative documents) 
  • Calculating risk (including the weight to be given to the COI reports and assessments of different institutional actors, and the consequences of non-returnability)


Refugee Law Initiative
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