Asylum Research Centre Foundation
Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation believes in a refugee status determination procedure that takes into account quality country of origin information (COI). Our aim is to improve standards in COI production and usage, fill COI gaps, and thus contribute, together with our project partners and collaborators, to better decision making on asylum claims in the UK and internationally. We provide a case-specific COI service that legal representatives supporting stateless individuals can access (either via legal aid or privately funded) and we welcome commissions in relation to thematic/country-specific COI reports or COI training on statelessness. We provide a free bi-monthly COI update that informs subscribers of UK Country Guidance case law, UK Home Office publications and developments in refugee producing countries (focusing on those which generate the most asylum seekers in the UK).Asylum Research Centre Foundation website
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,Benedikt Buechel website
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.
Liverpool University Law Clinic
The Liverpool Law Clinic is part of the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool. The Clinic provides a free legal service. Third year law students work on immigration and asylum cases, including the cases of stateless people, under the extremely close supervision of qualified lawyers who are specialists in the field. Staff at the Law Clinic started this work in 2013 and now contribute to policy initiatives at national and international level.Liverpool University Law Clinic website