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Immigration detention: where are we now?

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Monday, 24 October 2016, 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Room 207, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow School of Law

Registration from 4.30pm, event begins 5pm.

Immigration detention is highly controversial politically and legally, and yet the UK’s use of immigration detention has expanded.  The planned closure of the Dungavel detention centre, and its replacement by a short term holding facility, has met a mixed response, re-igniting concerns that detainees face being held far from family and legal support. After protracted litigation, the UK courts have criticised many aspects of detention, several public inquiries have condemned it, and yet it remains difficult for people to challenge their detention. The “Brexit” vote adds further questions regarding the influence EU standards limiting immigration detention may (or may not) have in future. This seminar examines some of the legal contradictions of immigration detention in the UK, considers the tools available to challenge detention and reflects on recent research on immigration bail in Scotland.

Issues under discussion include: the Immigration Act 2016:  the prohibition on the detention of vulnerable people;  automatic bail hearings; the extended powers of the Home Office to override Tribunal decisions; changes to immigration bail and caution in Scotland; and damages for unlawful detention. The seminar will also report on the Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland, and there will be a chance to consider issues raised by the planned closure of Dungavel.

 

Speakers: Joe Bryce, Advocate; Alan Caskie, Advocate; Sarah Craig, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of Glasgow; Susannah Paul, Immigration Bail Observation Project Scotland.

This event will count as 2 hours of accredited CPD for fully-qualified solicitors.

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