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Dr Sylvie Da Lomba



Personal statement

I have extensively published in the areas of migrants’ social and economic rights (with a focus on the rights of irregular migrants and asylum seekers); international, EU and national (UK, France and Canada) migration laws and policies; global and EU migration governance; and refugee integration. I am the sole author of a monograph on The Right to Seek Refugee Status in the European Union.

Much of my work is cross-disciplinary; I have developed socio-legal theoretical frameworks based on the concepts of membership, citizenship and vulnerability to investigate migrants’ rights and the tensions that exist between the realisation of their rights and the exercise of the government immigration power. I have conducted comparative socio-legal research in these areas and have undertaken funded empirical research in the field of migrants’ social rights, including migrants’ right to health care.

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

I teach European Union Law and Human Rights Law in Comparative Perspective. I recently developed a new postgraduate class on International Migration Law that will start running in the 2017/18 academic session.

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

-          International Migration Law

-          International Refugee Law

-          Immigration and Asylum Law

-          EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policies

-          EU and Global Migration Governance

-          Migrants’ Rights

-          Human Rights

-          Migrant Integration

-          Social Rights

-          EU Law

I am the Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Students in the School and I am a member of the Board of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS). I am also a member of HaSS Board of Study


Vulnerability and the right to respect for private life as an autonomous source of protection against expulsion under Article 8 ECHR
Da Lomba Sylvie
Laws Vol 6, (2017)
Vulnerability, international human rights adjudication and migration governance
Da Lomba Sylvie
Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal, (2017)
The Immigration Bill's proposals for young migrants in care will lead to a constitutional mess in Scottish policy-making
Mulvey Gareth, Connelly Graham, Da Lomba Sylvie
GramNet Blog, (2016)
The ECHR and the protection of irregular migrants in the social sphere
Da Lomba Sylvie
International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Vol 22, pp. 39-67, (2015)
Vulnerability, irregular migrants' health-related rights and the European Court of Human Rights
Da Lomba Sylvie
European Journal of Health Law Vol 21, pp. 339 – 364, (2014)
The ECHR, health care and irregular migrants
Da Lomba Sylvie
Law and Global HealthLaw and Global Health, (2014)

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Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology (CREATe) | Geib, Christian
Da Lomba, Sylvie (Principal Investigator) Edwards, Lilian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2013 - 01-May-2016
The asylum process and access to maternity care services - Glasgow case study
Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
BTG: Promoting the health and well-being of ethnic minority families in Glasgow
Sime, Daniela (Academic) Quinn, Neil (Academic) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Academic) Garvey, Brian (Academic)
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.
Period 16-Jun-2014 - 15-Jun-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.
Period 16-Jan-2012 - 23-Apr-2014

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