Human rights law in asylum cases: A view from the Nordics

What role does human rights law play in the policies and practices of Nordic asylum systems? Join us for a lunch seminar with Sarah Scott Ford.

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Sarah Scott Ford is a guest researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. Photo: Private.

Sarah Scott Ford is currently a guest researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. Her PhD project focuses on the influence of human rights law on asylum adjudication and practices in the Nordic countries.

The role of human rights

International refugee law has until recently developed largely in the national sphere through the interpretative practice of national judges.

This practice is tested by the increased number of asylum-related claims heard by the European Court of Human Rights, the various UN human rights treaty bodies, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Taking as a starting point the recent restrictions in the Nordic states that seek to minimize obligations under international law, Sarah will discuss how Nordic asylum policies and judicial practices are informed by human rights law and oversight mechanisms.

Tone Liodden, Senior Researcher at Oslo Metropolitan University, will offer comments on the presentation. 


Register for the seminar here

The lunch seminar is in English and will be moderated by Professor and Chair of the Research Group, Professor Maja Janmyr. Zoom-link will be shared prior to the event. We serve lunch and coffee to those who attend in person.

About the speakers

Sarah Scott Ford is a PhD student at the iCourts Center of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen.

Tone Liodden is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) at Oslo Metropolitan University.

The seminar is jointly organized the Research Group on Migration Law and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Published Nov. 5, 2021 11:37 AM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2022 11:54 AM