Helena Wray is Associate Professor in Law. She is an expert in international and UK migration law and policy, particularly as it affects families, and citizenship. She is Co-Director (with Professor Eleonore Kofman) of the Migration Law and Policy Unit.
Helena has published widely and has also provided expert reports to parties in several legal challenges including to the pre-entry language requirement for partners which was heard in the Supreme Court in February 2015 (judgment awaited) and of the financial requirements for partners which will be heard in the Supreme Court in 2016. She is editor of Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.
In 2015, she led a research project, commissioned by the Children's Commissioner and undertaken jointly by Middlesex University and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, which investigated the impact on children of the financial requirements for partners. She is a member of a new international project, funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, entitled Managing Citizenship, Security and Rights: Regulating Marriage Migration in Europe and North America.
Previously, 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 is one of the UK country experts for the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship.
In March 2013, Helena 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.
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 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 previously worked in a City of London law firm.
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