Dr Sylvie Da Lomba

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

My Research interests bring together the areas of international and EU migration law, migration governance, human rights law, vulnerability theory and citizenship. My research is multidisciplinary and has a strong socio-legal dimension.

I have extensively published in the areas of migrants’ social and economic rights, with a focus on irregular migrants and asylum seekers’ right to health care; migrants and the European Convention on Human Rights; human rights and migration governance; vulnerability theory and migration law and policy; EU asylum law and policy; migrants and citizenship; and refugee integration.

I have conducted research projects with the Scottish Refugee Council and the British Red Cross in the area of migrants and asylum seekers’ rights.

I was a visiting scholar at the University of Montreal and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

I am a member of the editorial board of Laws.

I represent the University of Strathclyde on the Board of Directors of the Glasgow-based Ethnic Minorities Law Centre in my capacity as Special Director.

I currently teach European Union Law (undergraduate core class on LLB and BA programmes) and International Migration Law (postgraduate class).

I am a member of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE).

I was the Director for Postgraduate Research in the Law School from 2015 to 2020. 

I welcome applications for postgraduate research (PhD and MPhil) in the following areas:

-          Migrants’ human rights.

-          EU asylum and migration laws and policies.

-          Migration governance.

-          International migration law.

-          International refugee law.

-          Refugee and migrant integration.   

-          EU citizenship.

-          Social and economic rights.



Emotion, not economics : the 'Australian-style' points system
Cardwell Paul James, Da Lomba Sylvie
Humanising the EU migration policy : recognising irregular migrants' humanity
Da Lomba Sylvie
Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights - Human Rights in Migration Law Practice (2020)
Vulnerability, international human rights adjudication and migration governance
Da Lomba Sylvie
Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal Vol 10, pp. 3-37 (2019)
Scottish legal education after Brexit
Da Lomba Sylvie, Fletcher Maria, Zahn Rebecca
Law Teacher Vol 53, pp. 138-147 (2019)
Rethinking the common European asylum system through vulnerability analysis
Da Lomba Sylvie
Workshop on ‘Migration and New Governance in the EU’ (2019)
Scottish legal education and Brexit
Da Lomba Sylvie, Fletcher Maria, Zahn Rebecca
Brexit and the Law School Workshop (2018)

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Professional activities

Keynote on ‘Humanising the EU’s Migration Policy: Recognising Irregular Migrants’ Humanity’
‘Rethinking the Common European Asylum System’
Brexit and Scottish Legal Education
The future of EU Law Teaching after Brexit
Developing a Vulnerability Analysis in Immigration Cases: A Challenge to the European Court of Human Rights’ Immigration Control Paradigm
Developing a vulnerability analysis in immigration cases: bringing migrants to the core of the European Court of Human Rights’ assessments

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GCRF One Ocean Hub
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Baum, Thomas (Co-investigator) Cathcart, Alison (Co-investigator) Clark, Bryan (Co-investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator) Switzer, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2019 - 12-Jan-2024
The asylum process and access to maternity care services - Glasgow case study
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
BTG: Promoting the health and well-being of ethnic minority families in Glasgow
Sime, Daniela (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Meer, Nasar (Academic) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Academic) Garvey, Brian (Academic) Fassetta, Giovanna (Academic) Siebelt, Lindsay (Academic) Moore-Milne, Keith (Co-investigator)
This study aims to document the experiences of ethnic minority families’ engagement with health services. The project will explore the experiences of families with children from three minority groups (established minority, new minority, nomadic minority) to generate initial findings to inform further research applications. The proposed activities include dataset analysis on migrants’ health, interviews with service providers and families, and policy analysis. The project adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to investigating minorities’ health and well-being. Outputs will include a research report, publications and conference papers, a policy briefing, and dissemination events with potential research users, to explore further applications for funding.

Planned outputs will include a research report, publications and conference papers, a policy briefing, and dissemination events with potential research users, to explore further applications for funding.

We will aim to produce a research report based on the findings and disseminate this through an event held by the Centre for Health Policy for service providers and policy makers. A policy briefing will also be issued. In order to reach a wide range of users, we will organise two dissemination workshops, sharing the research findings and engaging practitioners in coproduction of ideas on best practice to tackling health inequalities in the city. In addition to publication in highly rated journals and one or two conference papers, we aim to submit at least one proposal for funding to Horizon 2020 under the ‘Health and well-being’ theme.
16-Jan-2014 - 15-Jan-2015
Women Asylum Seekers’ Access to Free NHS Maternity Care in Glasgow after a Negative Decision on their Asylum Claim
Da Lomba, Sylvie (Principal Investigator)
The project aims to investigate female asylum seekers’ experiences of accessing NHS maternity care in Glasgow after a negative decision on their asylum claim with a view to assessing the adequacy and implementation of statutory regulations and Scottish Government guidance, and measuring the current legal and policy framework in Scotland against international human rights obligations.
16-Jan-2012 - 23-Jan-2014

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