Susannah Paul 

Research title: Asylum appeals decision making - credibilty determinations and heuristics in a culture of disbelief

Research Summary

My PhD research is a socio-legal study which considers adversarialism in First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FTTIAC). My research draws on ethnographic observations that I conducted between 2017 and 2020 at the FTTIAC in Glasgow. I consider how adversarialism features in hearings in the FTTIAC and consider the important role that cooperation plays in the workgroup of the tribunal. 


Susannah Paul (2018) 'Frame, Legal Consciousness and Participation: A Case Study of Immigration Bail Hearings, University of Glasgow Law Postgraduate Conference Working Papers 

Daniel Ferguson & Susannah Paul (2016) 'Guide to Supporting Detainees in the Scottish Immigration Bail System'

(Report Writer) Scottish Univerisities Legal Network on Europe (2017) 



External supervisors

Dr Karin Zwaan, Radboud University 


PhD and MRes funding: AHRC 1+3 studentship - 'Researching Multilingually at Borders Project', Principal Investigator: Alison Phipps, Project Co-Investigator and PhD supervisor: Sarah Craig, AHRC Grant Ref: AH/L006936/1 


University of Glasgow School of Law Postgradute Conference (2018) 'Frame, Legal Consciousness and Participation: A Case Study of Immigration Bail Hearings' 

GRAMNet Postgradute Conference (2019) 'Adversarialism in Immigration and Asylum Hearings' 

Board of the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud Univerity, Nijmegen, Netherlands, I presented at a 'Wine and Discussion Evening' (2019)

ASYFAIR conference (June 2021) 'Cooperation and Kindness in Immigration Hearings' 


Law and Government (Level 2)

Obligations 1B (Level 1) 

EU Law (Level 2)