UNHCR Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council host Masterclass: Rule 39, Protection from Refoulement and the Right to an effective remedy under the ECHR

17 July 2012

When: Thursday 26 July, 9.15am — 3pm
Where: Arbitration Room, Distillery Building, 147-151 Church St, Dublin 7

Speakers: Samuel Boutruche Zarevac, UNHCR Strasbourg and David Leonard BL

The course will combine substantive and practical aspects of protection from refoulement under the ECHR and is intended to provide legal practitioners with concrete and practical legal tools. The course will cover in detail all aspects of a Rule 39 request, including their object and purpose, scope, admissibility conditions and evidentiary requirements; elaborate on the recent developments of the ECtHR's case law regarding the scope and the degree of individualisation of the risk of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment; and address the relevant standards and case law on Art. 13 ECHR, i.e. the right to an effective remedy, taken in conjunction with Art. 3 ECHR and other articles of the ECHR in non-refoulement cases. Participants will be instructed on drafting a Rule 39 application and will undertake a practical case study.

About the speakers

Samuel Boutruche Zarevac holds a PhD in European Union law of the Law Faculty of Aix-en-Provence and has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2004. From 2004 to 2009, he served successively as a Legal Associate in the Strasbourg Representation, a Protection Officer in a field Office in Eastern Chad and an Associate Legal Officer in the then UNHCR Representation to the European Union. From 2010 to 2011, he was Litigation Coordinator in the Bureau for Europe and represented UNHCR before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as a counsel in the case of I.M. v. France and as an advisor in the case of Hirsi and Others v. Italy. In this
capacity and during his time at the UNHCR Representation in Strasbourg, he has gained an extensive knowledge of the asylum-related case law of the ECtHR. He has also published a number of articles about EU asylum law.

David Leonard is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and a practising barrister who specialises in asylum, immigration and human rights law. He has appeared in many judicial review applications and statutory appeals in the High Court and Supreme Court concerning asylum and immigration. He is also co-ordinator of the Asylum and Immigration Law module on the Barrister-at-Law degree at the King’s Inns, Dublin.


Solicitors / barristers (more than 5 years post-qualification), State employees: €40.00
Others (trainees, NGOs, RLS solicitors, barristers less than 5 years post-qualification): €20.00
10% reduction for IRC members

A light lunch will be included in the booking fee
Certificates will be available for CPD purposes

Booking: http://rule39masterclass.eventbrite.com or contact sharon@irishrefugeecouncil.ie


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