UK Country Guidance Case on FGM

LSE academics give expert evidence on female genital mutilation

Tony BarnettSylvia Chant, June 2013Professors Tony Barnett, Department of Social Policy, and Sylvia Chant, Department of Geography and Environment and the Gender Institute (pictured), gave expert evidence at a High Court Country Guidance Case on Female Genital Mutilation in The Gambia in November 2012 (K and others (FGM) The Gambia CG [2013] UKUT 00062(IAC)), which has recently been published on the web.

Upper Tribunal Judges Macleman and Coker mentioned in their report (para 107): ‘We were impressed by the evidence from both Professor Barnett and Professor Chant. They did not seek to exaggerate their knowledge, and were careful in their evaluation. They readily agreed with points put by Mr Parkinson (representing the Secretary of State for the Home Department) where those were supported by evidence, but were also careful to identify exhortation, reportage and information without proper scientifically backed research. Both experts gave considerable credit to GAMCOTRAP for the very difficult work they are doing in attempting to change embedded practices’.

Case law FGM, November 2012

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