Anthony Good: Anthopologists as 'Country' Expert in Sri Lankan Asylum Appeal

Friday May 28th, 2010, at FMSH (Paris): Anthony Good gave a paper on the role of anthropologists as expert witnesses in British asylum courts.

The paper describes three ‘fact-finding’ visits to Sri Lanka, undertaken with a British immigration lawyer in order to gather up-to-date information on the human rights situation at different stages in the ethnic conflict; discusses some key issues arising in asylum claims by Sri Lankan Tamils; and explains the role of such information in asylum appeals in the British courts. The audiotape of this presentation and of the following discussion is to be found in the section "documents" >> Go to this page

Anthony GOOD is Professor of Social Anthropology in Practice at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of its School of Social and Political Science. His principal field research was in Tamil Nadu (South India) and more briefly, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Cambodia. He has carried out ESRC- and AHRC- funded research on the uses of expert evidence in the British asylum courts and in France. He has more than thirty years experience in Sri Lanka, as a University lecturer and latterly a researcher. He is currently extensively involved as an expert witness in asylum appeals in the UK, mainly involving Sri Lankan Tamils, and has published Anthropology and Expertise in the Asylum Courts, Routledge-Cavendish 2007.