Helena Wray is Associate Professor of Law. Her research interests lie in international and UK migration law and policy, particularly as it affects families, and citizenship. She has published widely and provided expert reports to parties in legal challenges including a judicial review of the pre-entry language requirement for partners (Bibi v SSHD  EWCA Civ 322) and of the minimum income requirement for partners (MM v SSHD  EWCA Civ ). She is editor of Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law and one of the UK country experts for the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship.
Helena led a Nuffield-funded comparative study of the regulation of spousal migration in Europe and US, which completed in October 2013. She has participated in several other research projects including the EU (FP7) funded Genderace project on multiple discrimination. She has collaborated with Dr Katharine Charsley (University of Bristol) on a special issue of Men and Masculinities entitled 'The Invisible (Migrant) Man' to be published over the coming year and which emerged from a workshop held at Middlesex in 2011.
Helena has spoken at a wide range of conferences and other events in the UK and abroad. In March 2013, she gave oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration during their investigation of the new family migration rules. In 2011, she addressed the AGM of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. She is an executive committee member of the Migration and Law Network and has authored or co-authored several policy submissions on behalf of the Network. In 2010, she convened a conference, sponsored by Middlesex University and the Migration and Law Network, on 'Long-term Residence and Naturalisation in the UK'. In 2013, she convened (with Professor Eleonore Kofman) the conference 'Family migration: Regulation and Strategic Responses', and, in February 2014, an expert seminar on deprivation of citizenship.
Helena teaches International Migration and the Law to postgraduate students and Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law to undergraduate students. She is currently supervising PhD students on subjects including skilled female Indian migrants, refugee law and same sex relationships, and the legal protection of migrant domestic workers. She welcomes applications from students interested in her areas of expertise.
Helena has a longstanding interest in the provision of legal services. She was a founder member and former Chair of Barnet Law Service, a law centre that provided legal advice and representation to those living and working in the London Borough of Barnet. She has a PhD from SOAS, University of London and a degree in French Literature from Sussex University. She is a former solicitor and, before becoming an academic, worked for several years in a City of London law firm.
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