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The “Inner Belief” of French Asylum Judges


The judges of the French Court of Asylum, in charge of examining the cases of asylum seekers rejected by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, affirm that there are very few technical legal aspects involved in asylum proceedings. They argue that the case law is not consistent and that the domestic law provides a vague definition of who is a refugee. Aside from these legal points, judges examine the “sincerity” of the applicant’s narrative as well as his or her attitude during the hearing. Judges agree to say that the rulings ultimately rely on their intime conviction (inner belief). Drawing on ethnographic data, the chapter explores the emotions and moral values involved in the construction of this inner belief.

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hal-04446041 , version 1 (08-02-2024)



Carolina Kobelinsky. The “Inner Belief” of French Asylum Judges. Nick Gill; Anthony Good. Asylum Determination in Europe, Springer International Publishing, pp.53-68, 2019, Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-94749-5_3⟩. ⟨hal-04446041⟩
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