Bernard Ryan


Professor of Migration Law

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3595

Personal details

BCL (University College Dublin), PhD (European University Institute)

I am Professor of Migration Law. I am also co-chair of the Migration and Law Network, which promotes migration law as a field of study in British universities.

My teaching and research covers many aspects of migration law and policy.


Immigration Law; International Migration Law.



My research interests cover the field of migration law and policy. At the present time, I am especially interested in the following:

  • Brexit and immigration law
  • international law relating to border control
  • the implications of migration for employment law

External activity

In recent years, my external work has included commenting on the following:


PhDs: I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of migration law.

Current supervision

  • The influence of international migration law in the guarantee of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Latin America, Shirley Llain Arenilla
  • Singapore’s egalitarian paradox: Interrogating the gap between egalitarian discourse, law and policy in the context of Singapore’s migrant labour system, Arwen Joyce
  • Interaction of legal orders in the context of socio-economic rights: Moving towards justiciability?, Aristi Volou


  • The Migration Crisis and the European Union Border Regime’ in Marise Cremona and Joanne Scott (eds), EU Law Beyond EU Borders: The Extraterritorial Reach of EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)   Open access version (SSRN)
  • ‘Negotiating the Right to Remain after Brexit’ (2017) 31 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 197-226.  Open access version
  • Chapters on the Frontex Regulation and Sea Borders Regulation in Kay Hailbronner and Daniel Thym (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law: A Commentary (2nd edition, 2016, Beck/ Hart)
  • ‘Employer Checks of Immigration Status and Employment Law’ in Cathryn Costello and Mark Freedland (eds), Migrants at Work (2014, Oxford University Press)   Open access version
  • ‘At the Borders of Sovereignty: Nationality and Immigration Policy in an Independent Scotland’, (2014) 28 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 146-164.  Open access version
  • 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)   Open access version
  • ‘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   Open access version
  • ‘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)   Open access version
  • ‘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   Open access version
  • ‘Integration Requirements: A New Model in Migration Law’ (2008) 22 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 303-316   Open access version
  • '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   Open access version

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