Janna Wessels



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PhD Candidate

Curriculum vitae

Janna is Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholar at University of Technology Sydney and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master of Science in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre in 2010. She previously earned her French Master-level degree in Political Science (Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille) from IEP Lille as well as her German Master-level degree in Social Sciences (Diplom-Sozialwissenschaften) from WWU Münster. Janna is Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo), and worked as Editor for the Policy section from 2010 to 2012. She currently works as research associate for an Australian Research Council funded international comparative study on Gender Related Harms in Forced Migration.

Educational activities
Human Rights and Citizenship (Bachelor minor: Human Rights and Migration)

Research activities
Janna conducts research in the programme Migration law. She examines the role of human rights and ‘discretion’ reasoning in sexuality-based asylum claims. Applying the concept of act/identity dichotomy, her doctoral research investigates the ways in which human rights are drawn on and applied in refugee status determinations in Germany, France and Spain.

Expertise
Refugee status determination, sexuality- and gender-based asylum claims, human rights.

Main publications

  • Wessels, Janna (2013): Discretion in sexuality-based asylum claims: An adaptive phenomenon, in: Thomas Spijkerboer (ed): Fleeing Homphobia, Routledge.
  • Wessels, Janna (2012): HJ (Iran) and HT (Cameroon) – Reflections on a new test for sexuality-based asylum claims in Britain, 24(4) International Journal of Refugee Law 815.
  • Wessels, Janna (2011): Sexual orientation in Refugee Status Determination’ RSC Working Paper series No. 74, Oxford.

An overview of all VU-publications, via Metis.

Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam