Country Condition Evidence, Human Rights Experts, and Asylum-Seekers: Educating U.S. Adjudicators on Country Conditions in Asylum Cases

Immigration Briefings, Issue 13-09, September 2013

28 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2015

Date Written: August 24, 2013

Abstract

This Briefing explores the evolving evidentiary issues in U.S. asylum law and the impact of recent legal developments, focusing on the role of expert evidence. The Briefing then addresses the historic context for the use of country condition evidence and, particularly, expert testimony in asylum cases. The third part of this Briefing highlights the importance of country condition evidence and expert testimony. Finally, the Briefing concludes with a brief discussion of some of the challenges that attorneys may face in working with country experts in asylum cases.

Keywords: evidence, corroboration, REAL ID, country conditions, experts, asylum

Suggested Citation

Ardalan, Sabrineh, Country Condition Evidence, Human Rights Experts, and Asylum-Seekers: Educating U.S. Adjudicators on Country Conditions in Asylum Cases (August 24, 2013). Immigration Briefings, Issue 13-09, September 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2635715

Sabrineh Ardalan (Contact Author)

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