Dr Sarah Singer

Contact details

Name:
Dr Sarah Singer
Qualifications:
LLB, LLM, PhD
Position:
Lecturer in Refugee Law
Institute:
Human Rights Consortium
Location:
Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK
Phone:
+44 (0)207 862 8571
Email address:
sarah.singer@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Human rights, International Law, Law
Regions:
Australasia, Europe, North America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Dr Sarah Singer is Lecturer in Refugee Law at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is Programme Director of the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, the first postgraduate distance learning programme of its kind, run by the Refugee Law Initiative and delivered through University of London International Programmes. She also teaches the law component of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and is Managing Editor of the International Community Law Review, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Brill; Martinus Nijhoff. Her current research addresses the challenges posed to national and international public policy by asylum seekers who are suspected of serious criminality but cannot be removed from the territory of the host State. Sarah previously worked as an immigration caseworker at the House of Commons and has received a number of awards for her research including the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Sep-2016 Policy Brief: ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy challenges around excluded asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality who cannot be removed’, Refugee Law Initiative (University of London) and Centre for Criminal Justice (VU University Amsterdam), co-authored with Joris van Wijk, David Cantor and Maarten Bolhuis (May 2016)

Research aids

01-May-2015 ‘Introducing the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System’ co-authored with Dr Céline Bauloz, Meltem Ineli Ciger and Dr Vladislava Stoyanova, in Seeking Asylum in the European Union: Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System, International Refugee Law Book Series, Brill; Martinus Nijhoff, co-edited with Dr. Céline Bauloz, Meltem Ineli Ciger and Vladislava Stoyanova 1-19 (June 2015)

Chapters

01-May-2015 Seeking Asylum in the European Union: Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System, International Refugee Law Book Series, Brill; Martinus Nijhoff, co-edited with Dr Céline Bauloz, Meltem Ineli Ciger and Dr Vladislava Stoyanova (June 2015)

Edited Book

01-May-2015 Terrorism and Exclusion from Refugee Status in the UK: Asylum Seekers Suspected of Serious Criminality, Queen Mary Studies in International Law vol. 18, Brill; Martinus Nijhoff (May 2015).

Monographs

01-Sep-2014 ‘Terrorism and Article 1F(c) of the Refugee Convention: Exclusion from refugee status in the United Kingdom’ (2014) 12(5) Journal of International Criminal Justice 1075-1091

Articles

01-Sep-2013 Book review: ‘The Global Reach of European Refugee Law, Hélène Lambert, Jane McAdam and Maryellen Fullerton (eds)’ (2014) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1001-1003

Review

01-Aug-2012 ‘Exclusion from Refugee Status: asylum seekers and terrorism in the UK’ (2012) 1 Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Working Papers Series 2-16.

Articles

01-Jan-2012 ‘Exclusion from Refugee Status and Terrorist-related Offences: the case of AH (Algeria)’ (2012) 26(4) Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 337-348.

Journal articles

01-Mar-2011 Book review: Security, Insecurity and Migration in Europe’ (2011) 25(3) Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 308-312.

Review

Additional Publications

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
‘Undesirable and unreturnable’ – the migrants states can’t handle

High-profile legal cases reveal governments tying themselves into legal knots trying to get rid of asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality. Now an ambitious new international project based at the School of Advanced Study’s Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) research centre, is attempting to unravel these knots to create new policy that simultaneously upholds countries’ criminal laws and the human rights of migrants. The two-year project – Undesirable and unreturnable? Policy challenges around excluded asylum-seekers and migrants suspected of serious criminality but who cannot be removed – is funded by a research network grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Co-led by Dr David Cantor, the director of the RLI, it will examine the legal and policy challenges posed by such asylum seekers and other migrants.

Exclusion from Refugee Status: the UK's interpretation and application of Article 1F of the 1951 Refugee Convention

This research examines whether and in what ways ‘terrorism’ has featured in the UK’s interpretation of Article 1F, the ‘exclusion clause’ of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and how the provision is applied to suspected terrorists in the practice of decision makers. This research draws on a number of sources, including Freedom of Information requests, questionnaires and interviews conducted with immigration judges, the Home Office’s exclusion unit and legal practitioners. All reported UK cases concerning Article 1F were analysed, as were the Home Office’s asylum guidance documents, primary and secondary UK legislation and international legal sources pertaining to exclusion from refugee status. This research therefore provides an unprecedented and thorough analysis of whether and how terrorism is being employed in the interpretation and application of each of the individual limbs of Article 1F.

Experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in detention

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
International Association of Forced Migration Scholars (IASFM)
International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) – Europe Chapter
Refugee Law Initiative Doctoral Affiliates Network
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
15-Jul-2016 Paper: International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), ‘Rethinking Forced Migration and Displacement: Theory, Policy, and Praxis’, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, 15th July 2016

29-Jun-2016 Assistant convenor: Refugee Law Initiative, Annual Conference ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’, University of London, 29th June-1st July 2016.

29-Jun-2016 Paper: ‘Immigration Detention in the UK: Navigating the Labyrinth’, Refugee Law Initiative, Annual Conference: ‘The Future of Refugee Law?’, University of London, 29th June 2016

09-Jun-2016 Panel speaker, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Annual International Symposium on Interdisciplinary Human Rights, University of London, 9th June 2016

08-Jun-2016 Paper: ‘Desert Island Detention: how detention affects asylum seekers’ ability to present and support their asylum claims’, Re-Interpreting the Refugee Definition: Global Displacement in 2016, University of Sheffield, 8th June 2016

12-May-2016 Paper: Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), ‘Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development’, Winnipeg, Canada 12th May 2016

16-Mar-2016 Keynote speaker: ‘Alternative Assessment in Practice’, University of London International Programmes, ‘Examination: Enhancing students’ learning through alternative assessment methods’, Senate House, University of London, Wednesday 16th March 2016

29-Feb-2016 Seminar: ‘Terrorism and Exclusion from Refugee Status in the UK: Asylum Seekers Suspected of Serious Criminality’, RLI Seminar Series, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 29th February 2016

19-Feb-2016 Panel speaker: ‘Seeking Asylum in the European Union’, Book launch, Senate House, London, 19th February 2016.

19-Feb-2016 Co-convenor: Panel event and book launch ‘Seeking Asylum in the European Union’, Senate House, London, 19th February 2016.

04-Feb-2016 Academic commentor: Australia and regional processing, Talk Media News, United Nations Bureau, New York, 4th February 2016

26-Jan-2016 Paper: UK country paper: ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable?' Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

25-Jan-2016 Assistant convenor: ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy Challenges around Excluded Asylum Seekers and Other Migrants Suspected of Serious Criminality but Who Cannot be Removed’, University of London, 25th-26th January 2016

27-Nov-2015 Keynote speaker: ‘A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis’, LCSS, SOAS, London, 27th November 2015

24-Oct-2015 Speaker: ‘Who Gets to be Human?’ Being Human, Bloomsbury Festival, Senate House, London, 24th October 2015.

04-Sep-2015 Paper: Queen Mary Reflection Group on Terrorism and Human Rights, Joint Seminar: Law and Politics, London, 4th September 2015

27-Mar-2015 Paper: ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy Challenges around Excluded Asylum Seekers and Other Migrants Suspected of Serious Criminality Who Cannot be Removed’, Preliminary Workshop, VU University Amsterdam,

23-Oct-2014 Paper: ‘Undesirable and unreturnable: the UK’s response to excluded asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality’, Senate House, London, 23rd October 2014.

23-Oct-2014 Convenor: Refugee Law Initiative, ‘Undesirable and unreturnable: the UK’s response to excluded asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality’, Senate House, London, 23rd October 2014.

23-Oct-2014 Panel speaker: ‘Undesirable and unreturnable: the UK’s response to excluded asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality’, Senate House, London, 23rd October 2014

29-Sep-2014 Paper: Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), ‘Human Rights under Pressure: Exploring norms, institutions and policies’, University of Copenhagan, Denmark, 29th September 2014 (forthcoming)

09-May-2014 Paper: Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), ‘Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives’, University of Montreal, Montreal, 8th May 2014

25-Apr-2014 Co-convenor: Refugee Law Initiative, Second Postgraduate Conference on International Refugee Law

24-Mar-2014 Presented doctoral research to immigration judges of the First-tier and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Field House, London, 24th March 2014

19-Feb-2014 Panel speaker: Human Rights Consortium, ‘Key Questions in Human Rights: Debates for the next generation of advocates’, Senate House, London, 19th February 2014.

06-Jun-2013 Paper: Nordic Asylum Law Seminar, University of Bergen, Norway, 6-7th June 2013.

05-Dec-2012 Paper: RLI Postgraduate Workshop on Refugee Law, Refugee Law Initiative, Senate House, University of London, 5th December 2012.

12-Sep-2012 Paper: SLS Annual Postgraduate Conference: ‘Pressing Problems in the Law and Legal Education’, Society of Legal Scholars, University of Bristol, 11-14th September 2012

11-Jun-2012 Paper: MRU Student Conference: ‘Migration, Human Rights and Security in Europe’, Migration Research Unit, University College London, 11th June 2012

22-May-2012 Paper: QMUL Postgraduate Law Conference: ‘Taking Risks and Challenging Legal Thought’, Queen Mary, University of London, 22nd May 2012

26-Apr-2012 Keynote speaker: CCHJR Postgraduate Conference: ‘Transformation and Reform: Structures and Mechanisms for Rights-Based Protections’, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork, Ireland, 26th April 2012 (awarded best paper)

04-Apr-2012 Paper: SLSA Postgraduate Conference, Socio-legal Studies Association, De Montford University, Leicester, 3-5th April 2012

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
Managing Editor - International Community Law Review, Brill; Martinus Nijhoff

Book Series Editor – Queen Mary Studies in International Law, Brill; Martinus Nijhoff

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
Media experience:
Yes
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