5th November








Past events


The Centre holds a regular programme of seminars, workshops, an annual guest lecture and an annual two-day conference. Details are regularly posted on this page.


Forthcoming event - Call for Papers

Europe’s crisis: What future for immigration
and asylum law and policy?

Migration and Law Network 206 Conference: 27-28 June 2016, in association with Queen Mary University of London


The European Union is today faced by significant movements of refugees and migrants from places which have experienced war or economic or environmental pressure. Combined with recent terrorist attacks, these developments have led some to doubt the viability of the EU migration framework. At the same time, they have led to arguments for new action by EU institutions and agencies, and by neighbouring countries. New forms of solidarity have been sought by some states and sections of public opinion, but rejected by others. Given the current sense of crisis, there are great uncertainties as to the future direction of the EU migration framework, as well as its content.
Against this background, we invite papers from any discipline which address legal and policy aspects of the ongoing EU migration crisis. Among the questions that papers may wish to address are the following:

  • What is the nature, and what are the sources, of the EU crisis concerning migration?
  • What should be the legal, policy and operational responses to the European migration crisis?
  • Is solidarity among states and peoples possible inside the EU? Does solidarity apply also externally, towards non-EU countries? What is, and what should be, the role of neighbouring and transit states in controlling migration towards the EU?
  • Are there lessons from elsewhere – including the Americas, South East Asia and Australia – for the experience in the EU and its surrounding region?
  • Are new international norms and approaches needed to accommodate contemporary migration flows?

We welcome papers from academics, researchers with other organisations, and from advanced PhD students.


Abstracts of no more than 200 words alongside the author’s affiliation and contact details should be sent to MLNconference2016@qmul.ac.uk no later than 15 February 2016.


The 2016 conference is being organised by

  • Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of Law Department, Queen Mary
  • Prof. Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor, Queen Mary & Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Prof. Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester
  • Dr. Prakash Shah, School of Law, Queen Mary
  • Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax, School of Law, Queen Mary
  • Niovi Vavoula, School of Law, Queen Mary

The Migration and Law Network
The Migration and Law Network was set up in 2007 to promote migration law as a subject within United Kingdom universities. It is overseen by a steering committee of academics and other professionals in the immigration law field. It runs the Migration and Law mailing list for those who work in the field, for which subscription requests may be made at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/migrationlaw. Further information about the network or mailing list may be obtained from the network’s co-chairs, Bernard Ryan (bernard.ryan@le.ac.uk) and Prakash Shah (prakash.shah@qmul.ac.uk).


Recent Events

26th November UNHCR Information & Careers Session17th November Theatre Play & Discussion

11th November Meet & Greet Event with Immigration Organisations

9th November The Centre hosted the launch of London The Promised Land Revisited: The Changing Face of the London Migrant Landscape in the early 21st Century edited by Anne J Kershen. A full programme for the day is available here.

5th November The Centre hosted a postgraduate workshop ‘Researching methods in interdisciplinary Environments’. The workshop was open to all Humanities and HSS Schools. Key speakers were Greg Constantine, Tarek Virani and Mariza Dima. The workshop focused on the use of visual and ethnographic methods. Further details on the sessions and speakers are available here.

2nd November MIGRALAC (Latin American and Caribbean Migration Network) Seminar ‘Latin American experiences of migration, work and employment’, organised by The Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham.
Contact: Sarah Jeffery (s.jeffery@bham.ac.uk)


The Centre and the International State Crime Initiative (Law, QMUL) co-hosted Greg Constantine under the QMUL Distinguished Visitor Scheme. Greg is a documentary photographer currently working on a project entitled ‘Global Stateless’ which includes a long standing engagement with the Rohingya in Myanmar. A series of events were planned including an exhibition of his photographs. Further information is available here