FINAL training seminar - admission free

The HCP will be closing at the end of the year but will be hosting a FINAL training event on unlawful detention in immigration removal centres. The event will be co-hosted by the HCP and UCL Student Action for Refugees. The event will feature speakers including:

  • Ousman Noor – Director of the Habeas Corpus Project
  • Pierre Makhlouf – Assistant Director of Bail for Immigration Detainees
  • Dr Liz Ashford – Medical practitioner
  • Anna Ashford – Student Action for Refugees

The event details are as follows:

Event: Challenging Unlawful Detention, Training Seminar
Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: UCL, Anatomy G29 J Z Young Lecture Theatre, London
Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT, UCL

The event is free to attend but registration is required at:


Training for Asylum Welcome - Voice Recording Available

The Habeas Corpus Project provided training on challenging unlawful detention for Asylum Welcome, Oxford on 13th July 2016. Here is a voice recording of the event:

We were delighted to receive excellent feedback (for both the Habeas Corpus Project and Asylum Welcome) from the participants including the following comments:

1) “Dear team,

I just wanted to say how much I benefited from, and enjoyed, last week’s training event!

Thank you for organising such an interesting and useful event. Organisation was spot on, and a good turn out too!

Ousman was so generous with his time, and the way in which he clearly structured, explained, and clarified the areas which he spoke about, were immensely helpful – especially to someone who has just started working in the office. His use of a power point was particularly helpful, and his way of communicating with the everyone in the audience meant that everyone stayed engaged and focused, and I think, really got the most out of the time.

I felt that I was not only given a clear introductory understanding to Immigration law, but how best we at Asylum Welcome can help detainees- always incredibly useful to know how/what to do to best help people, as told by someone with significant legal experience.

Location was great – plenty of space and very easy to get to, and was really helpful having access to the kitchen for making tea and coffee.

Thank you again, I’m so grateful for these training days, it really does make a difference, and has helped made me feel more confident about my role and how best I can help at Asylum Welcome.”

2) “I thought the talk was very informative, I learnt a lot about the detention system and he gave some extremely informative and detailed examples. Some were quite disturbing and upsetting, but that comes with the nature of the job.Ousman was extremely well spoken and he expressed himself very clearly. Everything was explained very well and there was no legal jargon that we would not understand. He also answered questions as very positively without getting too side tracked.
The organisation was great, the talk could have possibly been a little more organised in the sense that he almost didn’t get through his slides in the time allocated because of questions and the like, but I enjoyed the informal attitude.
Overall it was wonderful and the content was excellent!”

3) “Briefly I thought the training was brilliant – the best one I’ve been to, I rate it 10 out of 10! This was basically due to clarity and enthusiasm of presenter backed up by good powerpoints (right level of information – not too much). I made a lot of notes! Venue, refreshments, etc were fine.”

4) “Thank you so much for organising the training – it was so well done – not just Ousman who was brilliant of course – but the whole organisation – an excellent idea as well to sit at the desk by him I thought – it really helped lend presence and focus to the occasion:)
The fact that the event was so well attended and people I have spoken to so complimentary, speaks volumes – definitely a hugely useful and successful occasion I feel.

It’s a huge credit to you and everyone involved in putting on the training – and so well pitched to the needs of visitors.



13th of July 2016: Oxford Training Event

We are very proud to announce that our Director, Ousman Noor, will be speaking at a training event hosted by Asylum Welcome in Oxford.

Asylum Welcome is an Oxford based charity with 120 volunteers. They visit detainees in Campsfield House IRC, as well as run a food bank and provide English classes.

Mr Noor will be provide training for Asylum Welcome volunteers in the Magdalen Road Church, Oxford at 13.00. He will be giving a 20 minute presentation with case studies on challenging unlawful detention within immigration removal centres.

Professor Menski Kite Model Training: A Compliment to the Work of HCP

On the 15th of March 2016, the Habeas Corpus Project had the honor of hosting Professor Werner Menski, retired professor from the SOAS University School of Law specializing in South Asian studies. Professor Menski provided training to staff, volunteers and trustees on his Kite Model of Law.

Professor Menski’s Kite Model of Law is particularly relevant and applicable to the Habeas Corpus Project’s work of providing pro bono legal representation in challenging unlawful detention of migrants and asylum seekers in the UK. The Kite Model of Law proceeds on the basis of taking a legally pluralistic stance which reflects global socio-legal realities (Menski 2011). A socially responsible approach, Menski argues, that acknowledges society, culture and competing value systems is necessary in teaching of the law (Menski 2011).  A disregard of the latter is one akin to the challenges of kite flying; where one wrong move could compromise and risk a crash of the legal structure (Menski 2011).  Importantly, the four corners of the kite incorporate what Menski finds are four competing laws which are crucial to consider in the decision making processes; namely, nature, society, state law and international law.  The first corner, nature, takes into account factors such as religion, ethics and nationality.  The next corner, society, pays mind to socio-legal approaches in decision making.  The third corner of has the theory of positivism at its core and the final corner, international law, takes human rights into account.

This training has helped the Habeas Corpus Project to provide a comprehensive legal learning experience to those committed to challenging unlawful detention.  A legally pluralistic approach to this challenge informs our work on a daily basis in advocating for individuals right to liberty.  This feat is a particularly complex one, where individual’s human rights are central and furthermore, considerations of the social and legal remain relevant. It remains dually important for us to flag these implications to the State, where we seek to elucidate that detention produces profound impacts on individuals lives. Considerations of the physical and mental toll, lack of access to justice and medical services, previous experiences of torture or sexual abuse are central to our work; an approach which finds its roots in the acknowledgement of legal pluralism.

The Habeas Corpus Project would like to thank Professor Menski for a thought provoking presentation and we greatly look forward to expanding the community’s knowledge on issues of unlawful detention.

Training Event Round-Up

Thank you to all of those who joined us on Tuesday at SOAS for the “Challenging Unlawful Detention” training event.

We were delighted to host four speakers. Medico-legal expert Dr Frank Arnold discussed the mental and physical toll detention takes on individuals, the barriers to accessing adequate medical care and the Home Office’s “malign disbelief” towards survivors of torture in detention.

Ben du Preez from Detention Action talked about the policy and politics surrounding the campaign to end indefinite detention.

Ousman Noor of the Habeas Corpus Project explained detention law and approaches to challenging unlawful detention.

We were also honoured to welcome Joe, a member of the Freed Voices Group, to talk about his direct experience of being held in Dover IRC for three years.

We had a great turn out and hope to run a similar event in early 2016, which we will advertise on this page.

Thank you also to SOAS Detainee Support for helping us to organise the event.

10th November 2015 : Training Event (Free)

The Habeas Corpus Project will be hosting a short training event on the law and procedure of unlawful detention on 10th November 2015 from 7:00pm – 8.30pm at SOAS (University of London) Room B102.

The event will feautre speakers including:

  • Ousman Noor (Director of the Habeas Corpus Project)
  • Dr. Frank Arnold, who has examined and written medical reports for over 500 asylum seekers
  • Detention Action – a leading charity supporting immigration detainees

The event is free to attend but registration is required by email to

May 2015 : Unlawful Detention Seminar

In collaboration with experts in the field, HCP will be organising a seminar in May 2015 held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). The seminar will be titled ‘Unlawful Detention : Guidance on High Court applications’. HCP will be applying for CPD accreditation for this event. More details to follow…