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ELENA Course, Lisbon 2013

ELENA Introductory Course
The International Protection of Refugees
10 - 12 May 2013
Lisbon, Portugal

This training has already taken place, thanks a lot to all our participants and speakers!

The 2013 ELENA Introductory course on The International Protection of Refugees will take place from 10 - 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.

The purpose of the course is to look at the international protection framework for Refugees. It will consider this topic from an international law perspective but reference will also be made to the European framework. It will look at the refugee definition and will examine concepts such as well-founded fear, reasons for persecution, agents of persecution and the failure of state protection.

There will also be an examination of the increasingly used Internal Flight Alternative concept. This will be followed by practical case studies on applying the refugee definition. The second half of the course will explore the principle of non-refoulement and the application of exclusion, cessation and revocation of refugee status. The final session will examine the interplay between extradition, anti-terrorism measures and refugee law.

The course is aimed at legal practitioners who work in the area of asylum, decision makers and staff of national asylum authorities as well as students and those working in international and non-governmental organisations who specialise in asylum law.

Speakers include Professor Penelope Mathew, Freilich Foundation Professor, Australian National University and Professor Geoff Gilbert, Head of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex.

The course fee is 475€ per person for lawyers and NGO staff and 575€ for government participants. There is a discount of 40€ for ECRE Members and ELENA coordinators.

The conference fee includes two nights' accommodation (10 and 11 May), meals as per the programme, including an evening meal on Friday 10 May, the conference package and reading materials. Please note that the fee does not include travel to the event or an evening meal on Saturday 11 May.

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to be sure of a place. The closing date for registrations is Friday 12 April 2013.  Payment is due by Wednesday 17 April 2013.

For more information please contact either Claire Rimmer Quaid crimmer@ecre.org or Caoimhe Sheridan csheridan@ecre.org