Connie Sozi

Connie Sozi

Background

Connie joined us in August 2014. Connie’s cases include unlawful detention challenges, negative trafficking decision challenges, reviews to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), immigration-related judicial reviews, private law damages cases and other public law matters.

Connie was called to the Bar in 2006 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2011.

Expertise

Connie has been working in the field of immigration and asylum for several years.

Before joining us she worked at Asylum Aid for over seven years on various claims involving gender based persecution such as trafficking, forced marriage and sexual violence; cessation under the 1951 Refugee Convention, deportation, statelessness and human rights claims. Connie represented clients at the application stage, appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, judicial reviews in the High Court and in applications to the Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights. Prior to Asylum Aid, Connie was at Bindmans LLP for over two years where she worked mostly on appeal cases including some of the Afghan hijacker cases, deportation matters, gender based asylum claims and broader immigration matters such as nationality, further leave to remain, student and outside the rules applications.

Connie has a LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development from Birkbeck College. She is currently undertaking a Ph.D in Indigenous communities’ land rights under a Louise Arbour Scholarship with a main focus on Kenya and Africa at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS). She is particularly interested in seeing more use of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and implementation of the African Commission and African Court decisions. She has appeared as a guest lecturer on the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at IcwS.