Ousman Noor’s previous project, the Habeas Corpus Project, which provided free representation for Asylum Seekers and Migrants, was unfortunately dissolved in December 2016 due to lack of funding. The project which was founded in July 2004 by Ousman, has helped over 200 Detainees with legal assistance and 37 were released.
Mr Noor has now taken on a new role as a teaching fellow, teaching Immigration and Asylum Law to students studying Law and Human Rights at SOAS. As part of the module, Mr Noor has implemented a practical project funded by SOAS which supports students in helping detainees make applications for funding from the Legal Aid Agency. Obtaining Legal Aid is not straightforward, and only a small amount of cases have been successful. By connecting with SOAS, Mr Noor has begun a link with Bail for Immigration Detainees, who work with detainees and will provide the referrals. This will help BID support more people and give the students a direct experience at the same time.
This project is unique and believed to be the first of its kind at SOAS. If it proves to be successful, hopefully it will help diversify the teaching of law.
Legal Features has taken a great interest in Ousman Noor’s Pro-Bono work and has published a article about his ongoing commitment for access to justice.
To read the full article, please see here.