The Advanced ELENA Course on “Refugee law in practice: from recognition to denial of protection” will take place on Friday 7 December and Saturday 8 December 2018. The Course will be held in Sana Malhoa Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.

This year the Advanced ELENA Course will provide an engaging forum for over 100 legal practitioners, academics and decision makers to discuss, analyse and reflect upon the legal challenges related to international protection in Europe. The Course topics and sessions are framed around the refugee regime – from recognition to denial of protection – and will cover subjects relating to credibility assessment of persons applying for international protection, the recognition of refugee and subsidiary protection status, the exclusion from refugee status and the cessation of refugee status. The content of the course will also extend to family reunification of those with international protection status and the recent jurisprudence of the European courts in respect to asylum and refugee law. Finally, three workshops will give a chance for participants to delve further into the international protection regime and engage in fruitful discussions on the interplay between national security, anti-terrorism measures and refugee law; challenging cases related to economic and social rights of migrants; and litigating cases of asylum applicants with specific vulnerabilities.