This project was an empirical legal research study into the procedure and determination of asylum appeals by the responsible administrative tribunal, the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT).
Robert Thomas has published his findings in a book, Administrative Justice and Asylum Appeals, which presents a detailed case-study of the tribunal system responsible for determining appeals lodged by foreign nationals who claim they risk persecution or ill-treatment on return to their country of origin.
Over recent years, the asylum appeal process has become a major area of judicial decision-making and the most frequently restructured tribunal system. Asylum adjudication is also one of the most difficult areas of decision-making in the modern legal system.
Integrating empirical research with legal analysis, this book provides an in-depth study of the development and operation of this tribunal system and of asylum decision-making. The book examines how this particular appeal process seeks to mediate the tension between the competing values under which it operates. There are chapters examining the organisation of the tribunal system, its procedures, the nature of fact-finding in asylum cases and the operation of onward rights of challenge.
Robert Thomas, University of Manchester
Law in Society
Robert Thomas, Hart Publishing, January 2011
Available to buy from the Hart Publishing website