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Right to Citizenship seminar at Garden Court Chambers


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Right to citizenship seminar at Garden Court Chambers with Laurie Fransman QC and Adrian Berry, Thursday 23 April 2015, 18:30 – 20:00.

Part of our Fundamental Rights series, our panel of expert immigration and nationality lawyers will cover the following topics:

  • Citizenship as a human right
  • Deprivation of citizenship and exile as weapons in the ‘war on terror’: UK policy and practice
  • The avoidance and elimination of statelessness in children: UK policy and practice

The seminar will examine the practical issues surrounding the ‘right to citizenship’. A key theme of the seminar is the extent to which the right to citizenship is a human right – alongside other rights at the centre of fundamental rights protection – in common law and human rights instruments.

We will examine the obligations on the UK to avoid and eliminate statelessness for migrant children and children born in the UK. Our speakers will consider current practice, the scope for exercising discretion to register children as British citizens in hard cases, and the need to extend legal protection to children otherwise stateless.

What is included?

  • 1.5 CPD hours
  • Talks prepared by leading public and immigration law experts
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

About the speakers

Laurie Fransman QC has been dedicated to nationality and asylum work for much of his career and is widely considered to be a leading expert in complex nationality issues at national and international levels.

Adrian Berry‘s practice spans a range of inter-related areas of public law concerning human rights and social welfare. His expertise lies in British nationality, EU citizenship, and immigration and asylum law.

Peter Grady is a Legal Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His work spans issues from the avoidance and elimination of Statelessness to international protection. He is concerned with the establishment of Statelessness Determination Procedures. He has worked on protection issues for UNHCR globally, in Hong Kong, Washington and Geneva, among other places.

Details on how to book here.

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Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.