Julia Lowis and Natasha Jackson attended the 2019 Advanced ELENA couse on “International protection in Europe: persistent challenges and litigation opportunities” which took place on 8 and 9 November in Seville. Here they are pictured with Alison Harvey the former Legal Director of Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA).
This year the Advanced ELENA Course provided an engaging forum for legal practitioners, academics and decision makers to discuss, analyse and reflect upon the legal challenges related to international protection in Europe, discuss access to asylum, detention and return operations. The course sessions covered the recent ECtHR jurisprudence on the principle of non-refoulement; immigration detention and alternatives to it under international and EU law as well as explore emerging issues such as Dublin arrangements and bilateral agreements. The content of the course addressed Frontex accountability and the legal challenges faced by SAR operations.
The three workshops gave a chance to engage in discussions on the interplay between human trafficking and asylum; on how to advance refugee protection through the UN mechanisms and challenge the Internal Protection Alternative (IPA) practice in asylum claims.