Fourth Sarah van Walsum Lecture: Helena Wray

28 September 2018, 15:30 -17:00, Atrium (Medische Faculteit-D146).

At the occasion of the opening of the academic year for the master’s track International Migration and Refugee Law, and in commemoration of the late Sarah van Walsum (professor Migration Law and Family Ties), Helena Wray will provide the fourth Sarah van Walsum lecture entitled ‘The politicisation of Art 8 ECHR and family reunification in the UK: Responses of the Supreme Court’.

In her lecture, Helena Wray will discuss the UK Supreme Court’s case law on article 8 and family reunification as a reflection of the politicisation of the issue, of competing understandings of the judicial function in a democracy and of understandings of citizenship.

Helena Wray
Dr Helena Wray is Associate Professor in Migration Law. She has researched and published extensively, with a particular focus on legal issues in family migration. She is editor of Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality and has led or been involved in several research and consultancy projects. She led teams which provided expert evidence in two test cases heard in the Supreme Court, Ali and Bibi v SSHD on pre-entry language testing for spouses, and the key case of MM v SSHD on the onerous financial conditions to be met by the sponsors of migrant spouses and partners. In 2015, she was the lead author of a major report, commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner for England from Middlesex University and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and launched in Parliament, on the impact of the financial requirements in the family migration rules on children.  In 2013, she gave written and oral evidence in the House of Commons at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s Enquiry into Family Migration.

You are kindly invited to attend this lecture. Please register online via this link.