Wednesday, December 3, 2014
From the Bookshelves: Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status The Role of Witness, Expertise, and Testimony Editors: Benjamin N. Lawrance and Galya Ruffer
Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status The Role of Witness, Expertise, and Testimony Editors: Benjamin N. Lawrance, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York Galya Ruffer, Northwestern University, Illinois
In this book, an array of legal, biomedical, psychosocial, and social science scholars and practitioners offer the first comparative account of the increasing dependence on expertise in the asylum and refugee status determination process. This volume presents a comprehensive study of the relevance of experts, as mediators of culture, who are called upon to corroborate, substantiate credibility, and serve as translators in the face of confusing legal standards that require proof of new forms and reasons for persecution around the globe. The authors draw upon their interactions with expertise and the immigration process to provide insights into the evidentiary burdens on asylum seekers and the expanding role of expertise in the forms of country-conditions reports, biomedical and psychiatric evaluations, and the emerging field of forensic linguistic analysis in response to emerging forms of persecution, such as gender-based or sexuality-based persecution. This book is essential reading for both scholars interested in the production of knowledge and clinicians considering the role of experts as mediators of asylum claims.
Features anecdotal narratives of real cases that make the book particularly useful for clinical instruction/adoption
This is a guidebook by way of specific personal narratives of best practices in asylum and refugee status
Establishes expert testimony as a site of critical study for the humanities and social sciences