SEMINAR CANCELLED | An intersectional approach to policy and decision making on SOGI asylum claims in Europe
Professor Nuno Ferreira (University of Sussex)
Public Seminar Series
Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB
Hosted by Refugee Studies Centre
Due to planned UCU strike action taking place in February and March, this seminar has been cancelled.
Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2020
Feminism, Categorisation and Forced Migration
This interdisciplinary series will explore a range of topics in refugee law, politics and history with particular attention being paid to feminist and/or gendered approaches to displacement and mobility and the categorisation(s) of people as ‘refugees’, ‘citizens’, ‘settlers’ or ‘migrants’.
Series convener: Catherine Briddick, Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration
about the seminar
Asylum claims on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have come increasingly to the fore and pose difficult challenges to authorities, activists and academics. Much academic and policy work has been carried out to ameliorate the way these claims are adjudicated. One approach sometimes used in this context is intersectionality, mostly in the terms proposed by feminist scholarship but also how it has come to be interpreted and implemented by activists. In this paper, I explore how intersectionality has been used in policy guidance and decision-making to ameliorate SOGI asylum adjudication. Based on individual interviews, focus groups and judicial observations carried out in Germany, Italy and UK, as well as at European Union and Council of Europe levels, the analysis exposes the gaps in guidance and the prevailing shortcomings in decision-making practices across Europe from such an intersectional perspective. Recommendations for future action at academic and activist levels are also set out.
about the speaker
Nuno Ferreira joined the University of Sussex as a Professor of Law in 2016. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool (2012-2016) and Lecturer at the University of Manchester (2006-2012). He has also been a Visiting Professor at Wuhan University (China) and the School of Law of the University of Lisbon (Portugal), as well as a guest scholar at the University of Girona (Spain) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden).
Nuno did his undergraduate law studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Bologna (Italy), and is a member of the Portuguese Bar. He worked as a legal consultant at the Legal Affairs and Litigation Department of the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM), and as a research fellow at the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP) (Germany). He carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen, where he obtained his Dr. jur. title (summa cum laude).
Nuno is a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant recipient, leading the project SOGICA - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum (2016-2020), and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research