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The Refugee Law Initiative at the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study, University of London is the only academic centre in the UK to concentrate specifically on international refugee law.

As a national focal point for leading and promoting research in this field, it works to integrate the shared interests of refugee law scholars and practitioners, stimulate collaboration between academics and non-academics, and achieve policy impact at the national and international level.


David James Cantor, Director

Margherita Blandini, Research Co-ordinator


Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows are junior or senior researchers or practitioners with relevant experience in refugee law and protection. They help to develop the activities of the Refugee Law Initiative by pursuing their own research in a relevant research area. 

Linda Kirk (Australia)

Mark Symes (United Kingdom)

Doctoral Affiliates

The Doctoral Affiliates network provides a focal point for doctoral students working on refugee law topics to connect with other doctoral students and researchers in order to exchange ideas about research and current developments.

Perveen Ali 

Ayar Ata 

S Chelvan

Luisa Feline Freier

Jean-Pierre Gauci 

Bríd Ní Ghráinne

Mariagiulia Giuffré 

Vanessa Holzer

Hannah Iqbal

Maral Kashgar

Emanuela Parisciani

Marina Sharpe

Sarah Singer

Vladislava Stoyanova

Evangelia – Lilian Tsourdi

Tamara Wood 

Ruvi Ziegler

Senior Research Associates

This network of senior researchers acts to facilitate collaborative work between established scholars in order to advance the boundaries of their respective fields of study and feed into national and international policy.

Deborah Anker

Vincent Chetail

Bhupinder Chimni

Cathryn Costello

Jean-François Durieux

Geoff Gilbert

Elspeth Guild

Colin Harvey

Kate Jastram

Satvinder Juss

Susan Kneebone

Hélène Lambert

Stephen Meili

Jennifer Moore

Prakash Shah

James Simeon

Dallal Stevens

Contact Us

Refugee Law Initiative
Human Rights Consortium|School of Advanced Study|University of London
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK

T: +44 (0)20 7862 8570.

Refugee Law Initiative


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