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Mr. Abraham Eiluorior

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Member of the Durham Law School  


Abraham holds an LLB (first class honours) from the University of Bradford where he was admitted under the Bradford University Sanctuary Scholarship programme. He also obtained an LLM (International Law and Governance) from Durham University, and immediately commenced his PhD in November 2020. Abraham actively campaigns for LGBTQ and migrants’ welfare, rights and justice, and has offered assistance to vulnerable and marginalised asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants within the North-East of England on a diverse range of issues, including access to legal advice and representation which seeks to address systemic issues within the asylum application process in the UK. He sits on the Policy Council of Liberty, (UK’s foremost human rights organisation), and he is a trustee of regional and local asylum seekers and refugees’ groups in the region, including Friends of Drop-In (FODI Sunderland), and has also vice-chaired of Sunderland City of Sanctuary since 2015. He co-founded the Sunderland Rainbow Sanctuary Seekers group which provides comprehensive support to LGBTQ asylum seekers in the region. Abraham is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Law and Society Association of America, and the Refugee Council Advocacy Network.

Current Research

Abraham’s PhD research is being supervised by Professor Thom Brooks and Associate Professor Tufyal Choudhury, and it is titled ‘No Safe Passage to Safety: The need for a review of the United Nation’s definition of a Refugee’. In this research, Abraham will investigate whether the UN Refugee Convention 1951’s definition of a ‘refugee’ has become too restrictive to enable the convention to serve its true purpose. He will examine the severance of the bond between a citizen and the State in other ways not provided for in the said definition, which may include but not limited to civil wars, conflicts, foreign invasion, genocide, and natural disasters such as famine, and, which themselves are capable of displacing the citizens. He will further examine the alienage requirement of the definition and its impact on the safe passage of people fleeing persecution and displacements. He aims to establish that territorial issue in seeking asylum has contributed to the death of migrants in their quest to seek refuge in safe States.

Research Groups

Durham Human Rights Centre

Law and Global Justice at Durham

Supervised by

Professor Thom Brooks

Associate Professor Tufyal Choudhury

Research interests

  • International human rights law
  • The legal protection of asylum seekers, refugees, migrants
  • Migration, borders, regional integration
  • Forced displacement, violence, humanitarian regimes and refugee camps, mainly in the African context