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Refugee status determination is the process to determine who gets recognised as a refugee and is a central part of the international protection regime. However, practices and modes of recognition vary widely and are often politicised and contested. Given these dynamics, how to ensure the quality of recognition processes and outcomes? Which alternatives to formal refugee status do exist? And, how do group-based forms of recognition work and compare to individualised refugee status determination? The speakers at this online event shed light on these and related questions.


Professor Cathryn Costello (University College Dublin and Hertie School) & Professor Gregor Noll (University of Gothenburg): The Determination of Refugee Status: Conceptualising beyond Binaries

Professor Liliana Jubilut (Universidade Católica de Santos): Brazil’s Dual Format of RSD: From the Tradition of Individual Procedures to the Use of Technology on Group Recognition

Dr Tamara Wood (Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law): Group-based Refugee Recognition Practices in Africa

ChairDr Luisa Feline Freier de Ferrari (Universidad del Pacifico)


Prior registration is required to attend this event. Register here.


This seminar is part of a series of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). It is the second event in the Recognising Refugees Online Series hosted by the RefMig project at the Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School in cooperation with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales.


RSC 40th and Hertie School

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

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