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The International Protection Appeals Tribunal


The International Protection Appeals Tribunal was established in accordance with section 61 of the International Protection Act 2015. The International Protection Act 2015 was commenced on 31 December 2016, at which time the functions of the former Refugee Appeals Tribunal transferred to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

 

The Tribunal decides appeals of those persons whose application for International Protection status has not been recommended by the International Protection Office. The Tribunal also determines appeals under the Dublin System Regulations.

 

The Tribunal is a statutorily independent body and exercises a quasi-judicial function under the International Protection Act 2015. The Tribunal consists of a Chairperson, 2 deputy chairpersons, and such number of ordinary members appointed on either a whole-time or part-time capacity as the Minister for Justice & Equality, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, considers necessary for the expeditious dispatch of the business of the Tribunal. (Click here for full list of Tribunal Members).

 

Staff are assigned to the Tribunal from the Department of Justice & Equality.

 


The
Office of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal, is located at:

6/7 Hanover Street East, Dublin D02 W320
Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 474 8400

Lo Call: 1890 201 458
Fax: + 353 (0) 1 474 8410
Email:
info@protectionappeals.ie

An binse um Achomhairc i dtaobh Cosaint Idirnáisiúnta
6/7 Sráid Hanover Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath D02 W320
Teileafón (01) 474 8400

Lo Call: 1890 201 458
R-Phost:
info@protectionappeals.ie


Latest News




NEW ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE NOTE ISSUED - APPEALS BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION APPEALS TRIBUNAL



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The Tribunal is committed to carrying out its functions in line with its legislative remit, in accordance with best international practices and to ensuring that decisions are issued expeditiously and in a manner that is consistent with fairness and natural justice. To support these commitments, and to assist all parties appearing before it, the Tribunal Chairperson has issued the attached Administrative Practice Note


The Practice Note provides information on:
• how to make an appeal and details on the requirements of the Notice of Appeal Form
• the different types of appeals:
o International Protection Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection
o Section 21 of the 2015 Act (where an application for international protection has been deemed inadmissible)
o Section 22 of the 2015 Act which deals with subsequent applications
o Appeals pursuant to S.I. No. 62 of 2018 European Union (Dublin System) Regulations, 2018
o Appeals pursuant to S.I. 230 / 2018 European Union (Reception Conditions) Regulations

Information is also provided on:
• when and where the Tribunal sits
• how to get in touch with the Tribunal
• how documentation and submissions can be sent to the Tribunal and details of the acceptable formats of documents
• adjournments and postponements

Three particular items to note:

Submissions by way of fax
The Tribunal does not accept documentation submitted by way of fax. This is to ensure compliance with the Tribunal’s obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016 / 679.

Country of origin information (hereinafter referred to as “COI”)
COI, where possible, is to be submitted in electronic format only in all appeals. If COI is referenced in written submissions, a hyperlink to a PDF document or webpage should be inserted. The exact portion of the COI on which the Appellant wishes to rely should be cited (page number, paragraph number) and the relevance to the appeal of that portion of the COI should be set out clearly.

Index
The Tribunal would find it of great assistance if a soft copy index of all documentation and COI submitted by an appellant to the Tribunal with full titles and dates of each document, were emailed to the Tribunal no later than 10 working days before the oral hearing.






Annual Report of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal 2017



I am pleased to make available the first Annual Report of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the Tribunal officials and Members over the past year and to thank the Minister for Justice and Equality and his Department for their ongoing support.

Click HERE to view the 2017 Annual report

Hilkka Becker

Chairperson International Protection Appeals Tribunal






Appointment of Chairperson of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal



Following a competition under s.47 of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004, Hilkka Becker has been appointed as Chairperson of the International Protection Appeals Tribunal by the Minister for Justice and Equality with effect from 29thJanuary 2018.

Hilkka had served as interim Chairperson since April 2017 and prior to that as Deputy Chairperson since the establishment of the Tribunal on the 31st of December 2016.

On behalf of the staff of the Tribunal I wish Hilkka every success in her role and look forward to continuing to work with her.


Pat Murray
Registrar





Latest News: International Protection Act 2015


New arrangements for the investigation and determination of applications for international protection (refugee status and subsidiary protection) and permission to remain in the State have been introduced in the International Protection Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) which was commenced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on 31 December 2016. The Refugee Appeals Tribunal has been replaced by the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

The 2015 Act contains transitional provisions dealing with appeals lodged with the Refugee Appeals Tribunal prior to the commencement of the 2015 Act. It is recommended that you consult with your legal adviser if you have any concerns.



International Protection Act 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the International Protection Act 2015?
A: The 2015 Act sets up a new procedure for determining applications for refugee and subsidiary protection status. It contains transitional provisions dealing with appeals lodged with the Refugee Appeals Tribunal prior to the commencement of the 2015 Act.

Q: What will happen to my appeal once the Act commences?
A: This will depend on what type of appeal you have made to the Tribunal and where it is in the process.

Refugee Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal against a recommendation to refuse me Refugee status. What happens now?
A: If your appeal has not been decided by the 31st of December 2016, the commencement date of the new Act, you are deemed to have made an application for international protection under the new Act.

Q: What does that mean?
A: Your file will be transferred to the International Protection Office who will consider whether you are eligible for subsidiary protection.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: The Minister will write to you informing you of what you have to do next.

Q: What happens to my current refugee appeal?
A: Your refugee appeal will be considered by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal after the International Protection Office has decided whether you are eligible for subsidiary protection.

Q: What if they recommend that I am not eligible for subsidiary protection?
A: You can also appeal that recommendation to the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: How do I appeal?
A: If there is a negative determination in relation to your subsidiary protection status you will be given details by the International Protection Office about how to appeal that decision to the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal

Q: If I submit an appeal against a recommendation to refuse me subsidiary protection status will my existing refugee appeal be dealt with separately?
A: No. If you submit an appeal against a recommendation to refuse subsidiary protection Status both appeals will be heard and decided together.

Subsidiary Protection Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal against a recommendation to refuse me Subsidiary Protection status. What happens now?
A: Your Subsidiary Protection appeal will be heard and decided by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: No. You will be notified when your appeal is ready for hearing.

Dublin Regulation Appeals:

Q: I have made an appeal against a Transfer Decision made under the Dublin Regulation. What happens now?
A: Your appeal will be heard and decided by the new International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Q: Do I have to do anything?
A: No. You will be notified when your appeal is ready for hearing.








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