Bernard Ryan


Professor of Migration Law

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3595

Personal details

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

Professor of Migration Law

Joint lead, Migration, Mobility and Citizenship network at the University of Leicester.

Co-chair, Migration and Law Network, which promotes the study of migration law in British universities.



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

  • The history of UK immigration and nationality law
  • The effects of Brexit upon 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 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


  • Immigration Law (LLB)
  • International Migration Law (LLM)


  • ‘Recognition after All: Irish Citizens in Post-Brexit Immigration Law’ (2020) 34 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 284-305. Open access version
  • ‘Selective Citizenship: How the Court of Justice Linked Security of Residence to Integration‘ (2019) 21 European Journal of Migration and Law 374-399,  http://doi.10.1163/15718166-12340056
  • 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 and 3rd ed, 2021, 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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