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About Africas Chapter

The association's core function is to provide training in refugee law decision making to judges through workshops, chapter conferences and a bi-annual world conference. The Africa chapter of the IARMJ will seek to further the objectives of the association, through the co-operation and the exchange of information and expertise on asylum and refugee law, procedures and decision-making among states in Africa.


Ahmed Arbee

Former Member of Parliament (SA), Former Member of the Immigration Selection Board and the  National Transport Commission. (South Africa)

In 1998, Ahmed was appointed  by the then Minister of Home Affairs as the first Chairperson of the Refugee Appeal Board  (RAB) mandated  to establish the appeal board.

In 1999, at the invitation of the UNHCR, I participated in a  judicial conference hosted  by the Supreme Court Bar Association of India in  Delhi. During this conference I met then President of the IARMJ , Geoffrey Care and Erika Feller UNHCR.  Since that meeting, I became actively involved in the IARLJ and addressed numerous Regional and World conferences. 

A highlight of this engagement was the relaunch of the Africa Chapter in Pretoria in September 2006.  The Africa Chapter  has since grown phenominally with Ahmed consistently demonstrating a passion to promote the activities of both the  IARLJ and the Africa Chapter.


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International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges
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