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World Authority To Address Refugee Law Seminar Glasgow

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

One of the world's leading authorities on the law affecting refugees is to speak at a major conference in Glasgow.

Professor James Hathaway of the University of Melbourne Law School will present a seminar on The Law of Refugee Status on October 5.

The event will be chaired by Mungo Deans, Regional Senior Immigration Judge for Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be held at the Royal Faculty of Procurators building in Nelson Mandela Place.

The seminar is being organised by the Murray Stable at the Faculty of Advocates, Glasgow Immigration Practitioners' Group, the Scottish Refugee Counsel and Glasgow University Law School.

Joe Bryce, an immigration law specialist with the Murray Stable, described Professor Hathaway as a dazzling speaker and said that the Professor enjoyed "quasi-divine status" with asylum lawyers. To be able to bring him to Glasgow was "an enormous coup" for all involved in the organisation, he said.

Professor Hathaway's book "The Law of Refugee Status" is regarded as the leading textbook in this area of law. He was appointed Dean and William Hearn Chair of the University of Melbourne Law School in 2008. Before that Professor Hathaway was Professor of law and Director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan Law School. His work is regularly cited in court cases around the world and he has been cited as an authority in at least 180 cases.

The seminar, which runs from 9.30am - 4.30pm, counts towards 4.5 hours' CPD and costs £125 per place. The contact for further details is sheila.coutts@scottishrefugeecounsel.org.uk   0141 248 9799.