(Un)Professional Relationships and the Struggle for Expertise in Asylum Appeals

Berne Asylum Adjudication Workshop, 2014

Posted: 26 May 2015

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Jessica Hambly

University of Bristol - School of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2014


The paper considers the role of advocates in asylum appeals and their perspectives on the decision-making process. In particular it looks at relationships between advocates, Judges and Home Office representatives: issues of trust, the development of informal norms and the existence of common professional goals. The paper draws on organisational approaches to decision-making such as Eisenstein and Jacob’s ‘courtroom workgroup theory’, in addition to previous work on court cultures, to examine differences between advocates’ experiences at two different hearing centres. From interview and observational data, a picture emerges of asylum tribunals as sites of struggle; not only between asylum-seekers and the state, but between different professional identities, backgrounds and levels of expertise.

Keywords: Refugees, Asylum, Tribunals, Lawyers, Home Office

Suggested Citation

Hambly, Jessica, (Un)Professional Relationships and the Struggle for Expertise in Asylum Appeals (September 1, 2014). Berne Asylum Adjudication Workshop, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608995

Jessica Hambly (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - School of Law ( email )

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