Bernard Ryan


Professor of Migration Law
BCL (University College Dublin), PhD (European University Institute)
Telephone: 0116 252 3595

Bernard Ryan became Professor of Migration Law at the University of Leicester in September 2013. He was previously Professor of Law at the University of Kent. He is the co-chair of the Migration and Law Network, which aims to promote the field of migration law in British universities.

Research Interests

Bernard’s research interests cover the field of migration law and policy. He is especially interested in the following:

  • The inter-relationship of labour migration and the law
  • International law relating to migration
  • The legal framework relating to irregular migration
  • The implications of diversity for migration law and policy.

External activity

Bernard has commented on the implications of Scottish independence for immigration and nationality. In particular:

Bernard has argued for reform of labour market regulation in the light of current migration patterns in the United Kingdom. In 2013, he edited Labour Migration in Hard Times: Reforming Labour Market Regulation? published by the Institute of Employment Rights.

Selected Publications

  • ‘At the Borders of Sovereignty: Nationality and Immigration Policy in an Independent Scotland’, (2014) 28 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 146-164 [link to full text]
  • With Virginia Mantouvalou: ‘The Labour and Social Rights of Migrants in International Law’ in Ruth Rubio Marin (ed), Human Rights and Immigration (2014, Oxford University Press)
  • ‘In Defence of the Migrant Workers Convention: Standard-Setting for Contemporary Migration’ in Satvinder Juss (ed), The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Theory and Policy (2013, Ashgate), pp 491-515 [link to full text]
  • ‘Transnationalism and Labour Law: The ‘British Jobs’ Protests of 2009’ in Marie-Ange Moreau (ed), Before and After the Economic Crisis: What Implications for the ‘European Social Model’? (2011, Edward Elgar)
  • ‘Extraterritorial Immigration Control: What Role for Legal Guarantees?’ in Bernard Ryan and Valsamis Mitsilegas (eds), Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges (2010, Martinus Nijhoff), pp 3-37
  • ‘Integration Requirements: A New Model in Migration Law’ (2008) 22 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 303-316
  • 'The Evolving Legal Regime on Unauthorized Work by Migrants in Britain' (2005) 27 Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 27-58
  • ‘The Celtic Cubs: The Controversy over Birthright Citizenship in Ireland’ (2004) 6 European Journal of Migration and Law 173-193
  • ‘The Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland’ (2001) 64 Modern Law Review 855-874

Teaching (2015–2016)

Immigration Law; Constitutional and Administrative Law

International Migration Law

PhD supervision

Bernard welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of migration law.

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