Adrian Berry

Adrian Berry is a Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and on the Executive Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He was a member of the Advisory Panel for the UNHCR/Asylum Aid study Mapping Statelessness in the UK. Adrian has an extensive practice in British nationality law, both in relation to historic Commonwealth based claims and contemporary issues concerning automatic acquisition of citizenship, naturalisation and registration, as well as loss of nationality. He has contributed to all parts of Fransman's British Nationality Law (3rd edition 2011), contributed the nationality law chapters to the JCWI Handbook 2006, contributed to Jackson and Warr's Immigration Law and Practice (2008) on the Right of Abode, and contributed the nationality law chapters to the Blackstone's Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (OUP 2010). He has also contributed to responses to government consultation papers and advised peers in the House of Lords for ILPA. He was a member of the group of nationality law experts reviewing the draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the right to Nationality and the Prevention and Prohibition of Statelessness in Africa, and he was also a member of the Home Office Earned Citizenship Strategic Advisory Group.

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Aija Lulle

Dr Aija Lulle is a lecturer at Loughborough University, UK. She was the founderdirector of the Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research, University of Latvia (2014-2015). She is an experienced researcher and consultant, and her expertise ranges from citizenship and kinship issues in the context of borders to diaspora. Her current interests are related to youth mobilities, ageing and migration as well as lives of transnational families, especially through broader notion of identities because of intra-European migration.

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Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey is a non-practising barrister and holds a Masters in human rights and civil liberties law. She was the Legal Director of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) in the UK. She has specialised in immigration, asylum and nationality law since the mid-1990s, representing individuals and working on policy and legislation, in the UK and internationally. Alison conducts regular training and has published widely on immigration, asylum and nationality law, including statelessness, for example “The UK's new statelessness determination procedure in context” JIANL 2013, 27(4), 294-314. Alison is on the editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law and is a peer reviewer for several journals. She is a contributor to Fransman’s British Nationality Law and one of the two UK contacts for the European Legal Network on Asylum.

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Benedikt Buechel

Before starting a Ph.D. in Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh, I took an M.A. in International Studies at Seoul National University, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Business Studies at the University of Mannheim. In 2012, I was an exchange student at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Since 2019, I've been a co-chair of the “Normative Theory of Immigration Working Group” which is an international collective of scholars working at the intersections of migration studies, policy studies, and political theory. Moreover,

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Bronwen Manby

Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and visiting senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics.  Previously she worked for the Open Society Foundations and Human Rights Watch. Recently, her research and writing have focused on statelessness, comparative nationality law, and legal identity, and she has worked closely with UNHCR on its global campaign against statelessness. 

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Cecilia Manzotti

Cecilia Manzotti is a PhD researcher at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology of the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on the determination of the nationality status of asylum seekers and refugees, including their possible statelessness, in Europe. Previously, she worked in refugee status determination, first as a legal advisor with Africa and Middle Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo, and later as a decision-maker with UNHCR in Egypt, Turkey and Italy. Cecilia also worked in wider refugee protection, and more recently served as a consultant with UNHCR in Guinea, focusing on statelessness. Moreover, she conducted research on migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons with UNODC and contributed to UNODC publications on these topics.

Cynthia Orchard

Cynthia Orchard is a human rights lawyer, trainer and policy expert. She was the Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator at Consonant (formerly Asylum Aid and Migrants Resource Centre) from 2018-2020 and Legal Policy Officer at Asylum Aid 2016-2018. She has previously worked with UNHCR (London), REDRESS, BADIL (the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights), Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, the Center for Exchange and Solidarity in El Salvador and several other NGOs, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Cynthia was Consonant/Asylum Aid’s member of the Advisory Committee of the European Network on Statelessness for four years and collaborated closely with ENS and other organisations and individuals working on statelessness. She has a Bachelors degree in Political Science (University of California at Santa Barbara), Juris Doctorate (University of Virginia), and Masters degree in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford). She speaks English (native), Spanish (fluent), French (basic) and Russian (basic).

Eric Fripp

Eric Fripp is a barrister practicing in asylum, immigration, and nationality work, and more widely in public law and human rights cases. He is cited as a Leading Junior in Chambers UK and the UK Legal 500 and listed in the Best Lawyers in the UK. A longstanding focus of his work concerns the interrelation of statelessness with international, European, and domestic laws concerning refugee status.  Important past cases include ST (Ethnic Eritrean- nationality- return) Ethiopia CG [2011] UKUT 00252 (IAC) (deprivation of nationality by Ethiopia from 1998), MA (Ethiopia) [2009] EWCA Civ 289; [2010] INLR 1 (question not how claimant would be treated if returned to country of former nationality, but whether she faced exclusion which prevented her return), and EB (Ethiopia) [2007] EWCA Civ 809; [2009] QB 1, (1951 Refugee Convention covers adverse measures including, where a Convention reason arises, arbitrary deprivation of nationality and attached rights).

He is statelessness contact person for the Fahamu Refugee Resource Centre. He is the Editor (with Rowena Moffatt and Ellis Wilford) of The Law and Practice of Expulsion and Exclusion from the United Kingdom (Hart, 2014), and sole author of Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status (Hart, 2016).

Frances Meyler

Frances Meyler is a Law Lecturer and Co-Director of Liverpool Law Clinic at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, specialising in refugee, immigration and human rights law. She is also a part-time judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).  She practised at the Bar (called 1999, Middle Temple) and spent several years working at a senior level at Refugee & Migrant Justice (also known as 'Refugee Legal Centre'). She ran 'not in accordance with the law' grounds in relation to unremovable Stateless cases, including a case that reached the Supreme Court: MS (Palestinian Territories) v SSHD [2010] UKSC 25. She also developed policy and training for the RLC in relation to the Early Legal Advice Pilot in Solihull. Frances is currently an examiner on the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation Scheme.


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Guy S. Goodwin Gill

Guy S. Goodwin Gill is a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Professor of International Refugee Law. He is also a Barrister and a member of Blackstone Chambers, practising in public international law, human rights, and refugee and asylum law. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law, and his recent publications include  the introductory notes to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness in the ‘Historic Archives’ section of the UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law :; The Limits of Transnational Law, with Hélène Lambert, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010; Brownlie’s Documents on Human Rights, 6th edition with the late Sir Ian Brownlie, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010; and The Refugee in International Law, 3rd edition with Jane McAdam, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.