Women's Asylum Appeals Project (WAAP)

Women who seek asylum are potentially disadvantaged because it can be difficult to prove persecution in the private sphere, and because the Refugee Convention does not identify gender as a specific ground for persecution, meaning that other, more legally contested grounds need to be argued.

This study will therefore investigate how women’s asylum cases are dealt with on appeal, whether current guidance is followed and what support is available to women – focusing especially, but not exclusively, on those which are subsequently overturned at appeal.The multi-methods research will consist of:

  • Tribunal observations
  • Consultations with legal experts
  • Interviews withImmigration Judges and Home Office Presenting Officers
  • In-depth qualitative interviews with women who have gone through the appeals process
  • A legal analysis of these women’s case files.
Project details


Ms Jane Kerr, National Centre for Social Research

Funding programme

Law in Society

Grant amount and duration


August 2015 - October 2017