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Crossing the Legal Frontiers

Speaker: Dr. S. Chelvan
Chambers: 33 Bedford Row

In this powerful and insightful seminar, 33 Bedford Row’s Dr S Chelvan talks about the tools and techniques lawyers can use to save and change the lives of the refugees and migrants they represent, in particular focusing on:

  • ‘The Four Limbs’
  • Reported case law
  • Unreported case law
  • Upcoming cases and Nationality & Borders Bill
  • Suggested strategies

Relevant law

G v G [2021] UKSC 9 (March 2021)

YD (Algeria) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ. 1683

JA (Human Rights claim: Serious Harm) Nigeria [2021] UKUT 97 (IAC)

Hydar (s 120 response; s 85 “new matter”: Birch) [2021] UKUT 176 (IAC)

KK and RS (Sur place activities: risk) Sri Lanka CG [2021] UKUT 130 (IAC)

MxM (gender identity – HJ (Iran) – terminology) El Salvador [2020] UKUT 313 (IAC)

Dr S Chelvan is a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights claims based on sexual or gender identity and expression. He is instructed on cases in the UK up to and including the Supreme Court, and the Strasbourg Court, and is specifically renowned to adopt a symbiotic approach to spearhead strategic litigation, academic research, and policy development in refugee and migration law.

Chelvan has practised in the field of LGBT+ asylum since 2001 and has earned a reputation for being the leading legal expert in the UK, spearheading some of the leading cases since 2005 as well as providing consultation to the United Nations, the IOM, national governmental departments, lawyers, and NGOs. Chelvan has been ranked in the Legal 500 since 2017 in Band 1 (Immigration, London Bar). He has been ranked as a Leading Junior in Immigration in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar since 2006.

Chelvan has provided training to Judges, lawyers, NGOs, activists and those seeking asylum. His public speaking has earned him an international reputation as a charismatic and engaging speaker.