Hot Topics Digest

26 June 2017


Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect and will consider case in fall

Briefing Complete in High Court in Travel Ban Case (with link to all briefs)


Court of Justice - Request for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2008/115/EC - Directive Directive 2013/32/EU - X, Y/Staatsscretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie - Case C-180/17 (non-refoulement)

S.G. v. Greece (no. 46558/12) [Article 3], 18 May 2017

On 18 May 2017, the ECtHR delivered its ruling in case S.G. v. Greece (no 46558/12), which concerned an Iranian national who arrived in Greece in August 2011, had his asylum application rejected and who was detained pending his transfer to Turkey under the bilateral agreement between the two countries.{"itemid":["001-173502"]}

CJEU: AG Opinion in Case C-670/16 Mengesteab, 20 June 2017 The main proceeding concerns Mr Mengesteab, an Eritrean national who arrived in Germany after entering the EU territory in Italy. On 14 September 2015 he received an attestation in response to his informal request for asylum and he lodged a formal application on 22 July 2016. On 19 August 2016, the German authorities issued a “take charge request” to Italy. Mr Mengesteab challenged that decision by arguing that Germany was responsible for examining his application since the take charge request had been made after the expiry of the three-month time limit set out in the Regulation. In his view, the time for making such request should run from the day of his informal request for asylum. (source: ELENA Weekly Legal Update,

Finland: Supreme Administrative Court rules on children’s right to be heard during the asylum procedure The Supreme Administrative Court considered that the asylum claims also concerned the child and that hearing the minor should not have been considered to be manifestly unnecessary. Based on, inter alia, the Finnish Aliens Act Section 6 (2), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Articles 3 and 13) and the general comments by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court ruled that children must be given the right to express their views during immigration and asylum procedures for a proper consideration of their best interests. In the present case, the view of the child had not been examined and taken into account in accordance with the age and maturity of the child. Therefore, the Court quashed the decisions by the (lower) Administrative Court and the Immigration Service and returned the case to the Immigration Service for reassessment of their asylum application. (in Finnish) (source: ELENA Weekly Legal Update,

The Michigan Guidelines on Refugee Freedom of Movement, May 2017

The detention of asylum seekers in Europe: Constructed on shaky ground?

European Commission - EU Syria Trust Fund

The poliTics of uncerTainTy: producing, reinforcing and mediaTing (legal) uncerTainTy in local refugee recepTion

Border Camps in South Africa Will Not Solve Asylum Crisis

We Must Start the Conversation About Return of Syrian Refugees Now

Allocation of Responsibility in Times of ‘Crisis’: The Impact of the Exit and Entry Human Rights Principles on Responsibility-Sharing in the EU

Court of Justice - Opinion Advocate General - Asylum - Dublin III - Mengesteab - Aff. C-670/16

Point of No Return: The Fear and Criminalization of Central American Refugees

UNHCR: Global Trends-Forced Displacement in 2016


Litigation Documents & Resources Related to Trump Executive Order on Immigration

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

The Facts on Immigration Today: 2017 Edition

Ineligibility to Make a Refugee Claim

Point of No Return: The Fear and Criminalization of Central American Refugees


The ABA SIL International Refugee Law Committee is calling for submissions on refugee and asylum topics for “The Refuge”Submission Deadline: Cut-off is the 20th of each month. Contact the editors at

International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law accepting four organizational clients into its clinic program. Clients will gain pro bono support for human rights projects. Contact Sherizaan Minwalla for more information, Deadline July 30.

Protection & Rule of Law Officer, International Rescue Committee (30 June)

Washington College of Law, International Human Rights Law Clinic, Request for Organizational Client Proposals (July 30)

Two Associate Clinical Law Professors, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, USA, and reference job numbers 315810 and 315805.

Call for Submissions: The 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (deadline 31 July 2017)

Call for Papers: Lewis & Clark Law Review Immigration Symposium

Immigrant Rights Attorney Position at Rutgers Law School

Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) Summer Institute on Refugee Protection and the Rights and Process of (Re)Settlement (Aug. 1-11, 2017)

Barnard Responds to Syrian Crisis Through Creation of the Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women

Fulbright-Schuman 70th Anniversary Migration Research Award (1 Aug. 2017)

Vacancies: PhD and Pre-Doc positions at the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Immigrant Integration Fellowship

Call for Papers for the 12th Annual Refugee and Migration Studies Student Conference, Toronto, Canada (15 July)

Call for Papers for 17th International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece (30 Sept.)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Refugee Mental Health: Focus on Syrian Refugees online course, (19 July-30 Aug.)

Odysseus Summer School, 3-14 July, Brussels, Belgium

Northwestern University Center for Forced Migration Studies Summer Institute, 1-11 August, Evanston, IL, USA

Position Opening: Hunton & Williams NY Pro Bono Fellow in Immigration (July 2017)

Immigrant Integration Fellowship, California Bar Foundation

Fulbright-Schuman 70th Anniversary Migration Research Award (1 August)

Three short summer courses offered by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at The American University in Cairo, Egypt (July 9-27)

2017 Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy (3-14 July)

MA in Refugee Care

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is establishing the first interdisciplinary community of scholars researching refugee law, policy and practice in the Asia-Pacific region. (Aug. 2017)–-asia-pacific-research-group

Summer School on Migration in S. Europe (July 24-Aug. 1)

Summer School on Forced Migration and Asylum: a Multidisciplinary Approach 3-8 July 2017 – BOLOGNA (IT)

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