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Title:African asylum at a crossroads: activism, expert testimony, and refugee rights
Editor:Berger, IrisISNI
City of publisher:Athens, OH
Publisher:Ohio University Press
Geographic terms:Africa
migration policy
right of asylum
Abstract:This collective volume examines the emerging trend of requests for expert opinions in asylum hearings or refugee status determinations. As courts increasingly draw upon such testimony in their deliberations, expertise in matters of asylum and refugee status is emerging as an academic area with its own standards, protocols, and guidelines. The book explores these developments and their effects on both asylum seekers and the experts. Contents: Introduction: law, expertise, and protean ideas about African migrants (Benjamin N. Lawrance, Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Joanna T. Tague, and Meredith Terretta); Before asylum and the expert witness: Mozambican refugee settlement and rural development in southern Tanzania, 1964-75 (Joanna T. Tague); Fraudulent asylum seeking as transnational mobilization: the case of Cameroon (Meredith Terretta); The evolving refugee definition: how shifting elements of eligibility affect the nature and focus of expert testimony in asylum proceedings (Karen Musalo); Expert evidence in British asylum courts: the judicial assessment of evidence on ethnic discrimination and statelessness in Ethiopia (John Campbell); 'The immigration people know the stories. There's one for each country': the case of Mauritania (E. Ann McDougall); Cultural silences as an excuse for injustice: the problems of documentary proof (Carol Bohmer and Amy Shuman); Between advocacy and deception: crafting an African asylum narrative (Iris Berger); Allegations, evidence, and evaluation: asylum seeking in a world of witchcraft (Katherine Luongo); Sexual minorities among African asylum claimants: human rights regimes, bureaucratic knowledge, and the era of sexual rights diplomacy (Charlotte Walker-Said); The 'Asylum-advocacy nexus' in anthropological perspective: agency, activism, and the construction of Eritrean political identities (Tricia Redeker Hepner). [ASC Leiden abstract]