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Asylum Seekers and Strategic Litigation

  • Frances Webber
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Part of the Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security book series (TCCCS)

Abstract

Asylum seekers and migrants and their support organizations in the UK have become increasingly involved in strategic litigation as a complement to direct action and political campaigning, to defend and secure basic rights. The test cases are important in themselves, challenging policies which violate fundamental rights in various ways, including through enforced destitution, detention of torture and trafficking survivors, long-term detention of mentally ill migrants, and forced removal to danger. They also ensure that the voices of asylum seekers and migrants are heard, and can instil confidence and a sense of agency among asylum seekers and migrants. But strategic litigation cannot replace political campaigning; without a popular movement, the gains of test cases are vulnerable to reversal through further litigation or legislation, and the British Government has also acted to restrict the possibilities of intervention for asylum seekers, migrants and their support organizations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances Webber
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  1. 1.Institute of Race RelationsLondonUK

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