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October 31, 2007

Amicus Brief: Ali v. Achim, et al

U.S. Supreme Court: Human Rights First and leading legal scholars have submitted an amicus brief in a case involving the “particularly serious crime” bar that is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The amici argue that, in excluding a refugee from protection, the U.S. Refugee Act requires consideration of an individual’s “danger to the community” and not simply a mechanical determination of whether a “particularly serious crime” was committed. Amici argue that the Board’s approach contradicts the plain language of the Refugee Act as well as Congress’s intent to incorporate the Refugee Convention’s terms. The amici include Guy Goodwin-Gill, James C. Hathaway, and Deborah Anker; they were represented by Brian J. Murray, Gene Crawford, and James E. Gauch of Jones Day LLP.

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