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Dr Damian Rosset

SNSF Postdoctoral Researcher
Research project Intercepting with Interpreters (PI: Prof. Nadja Capus)​

Phone: +41 32 718 1549
Breguet 1 building, office 119
damian.rosset@unine.ch

Damian Rosset is a postdoctoral fellow in the SNSF-funded project "Intercepting with Interpreters" led by Prof. Nadja Capus (Chair of Criminal Law and Procedure). In this interdisciplinary project, which combines criminal procedural law, legal translation and the sociology of law, he researches the role of interpreters in the secret surveillance of communications for criminal investigations in Switzerland.

Between 2014 and 2019, Damian worked as a doctoral assistant at the Centre for Migration Law and the Laboratory for the Study of Social Processes at the University of Neuchâtel. Under the supervision of Prof. Christin Achermann (Chair of Migration, Law and Society), he completed a doctoral thesis in social sciences entitled "Producing Knowledge and Legitimacy: Country of Origin Information for Asylum Procedures" (defended in 12.2019, committee members: Prof. Tobias Eule, University of Bern; Dr. Robert Gibb, University of Glasgow; Prof. Virginie Guiraudon, Sciences Po Paris).

Damian also holds a BA in Political Science (University of Geneva 2008) and an MLitt. in Middle East and Central Asia Security Studies (University of St Andrews 2010). He has held several positions in public administration and civil society, in Switzerland and abroad. In academia, he has also been a commissioned researcher at the University of Lugano, a visiting researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo and a lecturer of social scientific methodology at the Geneva School of Social Work.

His research focuses on the implementation of law and its intermediaries, as well as on the role of knowledge production in the legitimation of the state, two lines of inquiry initially inspired by his experience as a country analyst at the Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland (2011-2013). He grasps his research topics by combining approaches from socio-legal studies, the sociology of knowledge and the anthropology of the state.

Peer-reviewed articles

Other publications

Main international conferences

  • “The language of expertise and the bureaucratisation of asylum: the case of country of origin information”, Workshop “Asylum Encounters – Bridging Different Perspectives on Language, Asymmetries and Identities”, Stockholm University, 29.10.2020 (with Christin Achermann).
  • “Country of origin information in asylum procedures in Europe”, Online conference “Protezione internazionale e Informazioni sui Paesi d’Origine (COI): modelli europei e specificità italiane”, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 06.05.2020.
  • Negotiating research at the margins of the migration apparatus”, IMISCOE Annual Conference, Rotterdam, 29.06.2017 (with Christin Achermann).
  • The legal frames of social representations: negotiating Eritrea’s reality through the lenses of refugee status determination in Switzerland”, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, 21.06.2017.
  • Le savoir sur les pays d’origine: objet et outil de labélisation dans les procédures d’asile”, International conference “L’étiquetage comme réfugié: Approches comparées des pratiques institutionnelles”, Université Paris-Nanterre, 28.03.2017.
  • Inside and out: Legitimacy, authority and situation in the production of knowledge on the countries of origin in the asylum procedure”, IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Poznan, 25.07.2016.
     

Other presentations

  •  “The Uses of Country of Origin Information in the Swiss Asylum Procedure”, Neuchâtel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies, 13.09.2019 (with Jonathan Miaz).
  • Les informations sur les pays d’origine dans les procédures d’asile”, lecture in the framework of the CAS in migration law, University of Fribourg, 10.01.2019 (lecture first given on 17.11.2016).
  • A Genealogy of Country of Origin Information in the History of European Asylum Procedures”, Neuchâtel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies, 14.09.2018.
  • Socio-legal imaginaries of countries of origin in the Swiss refugee determination regime – the case of Eritrea”, NCCR – on the move Interdisciplinary Workshop "Exploring the Imagination–(Im)Mobility Nexus: From Imaginaries to Imagining On the Move", University of Neuchâtel, 19.05.2018
  • Legitimacies of governance in the field of asylum in Switzerland”, NCCR - on the move Research Days, Neuchâtel, 27.04.2018 (with Camilla Alberti and Raphaël Rey).
  • « We have our own kitchen »: Distance and legitimacy in the production of knowledge for the asylum procedure”, NCCR - on the move Research Colloquium, Neuchâtel, 14.10.2016
  • Inside and out: Country expertise and the asylum procedure”, NCCR – on the move Annual Conference, Neuchâtel, 24.06.2016.
  • Country of origin information in asylum procedures: research agenda and snags”, Institute for Social Research (ISF), Oslo, 16.02.2016
  • The production and circulation of country of origin information in asylum procedures in Europe”, NCCR - on the move Research Colloquium, 08.10.2015.
  • Les informations sur les pays d'origine dans les procédures d'asile : autorité et "boundary work" dans la production administrative du savoir”, Rencontres scientifiques de la MAPS, Neuchâtel, 16.12.2014.
  • La révolution COI ? Une décennie de professionalisation et dʼuniformisation des pratiques en matière dʼinformations sur les pays dʼorigine dans les procédures dʼasile européennes”, Centre for Migration Law Graduate Conference, Muntelier-Loewenberg, 29.11.2014.
     

Events organisation

  • Organiser of the panel “Historicizing institutional discourses and practices in the Swiss refugee regime”, 2nd Neuchatel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies (Neuchâtel, 13-14.9.2018)
  • Co-organiser (with Tone M. Liodden) of the panel “Who is a refugee? Exploring the boundaries of the refugee category”, 15th IMISCOE annual conference (Barcelone, 4.7.2018).
  • Co-organiser (with Christin Achermann) of the double panel “What does access do to knowledge? Challenges, consequences, and opportunities of entering the migration apparatus”, 14th IMISCOE annual conference (Rotterdam, 29.6.2017).
  • Member of the organising committee of four editions the Centre for Migration Law Graduate Conference (Muntelier-Lowenberg et Muenchenwiler, November 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
  • Member of the organising committee of the conference “Comparing the Black Sea and Caspian: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” (Thessaloniki, 25-26.2.2015).
  • Member of the organising committee of the conference “MECASS and MECACS: Programmes, Partnerships and Perspectives” (St Andrews, 24.4.2013).

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