Dr Sylvie Da Lomba



Personal statement

My Research interests bring together the areas of migration studies, human rights law, vulnerability theory and citizenship as well as EU and national asylum and migration laws and policies. 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; vulnerability theory; EU asylum and migration laws and policies; national asylum and immigration laws and policies (UK, France and Canada); migrants and citizenship; refugee integration; migration governance; and EU citizenship.

I have conducted research projects with the Scottish Refugee Council and the British Red Cross.

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

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 the Law Schools’ Director for Postgraduate Research Students.  I am a member of the Board of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS) and I sit on the HaSS Board of Study

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

-          Migrants’ human rights.

-          EU asylum and migration laws and policies.

-          Global migration governance.

-          International migration law.

-          International refugee law.

-          Refugee and migrant integration.   

-          EU citizenship.

-          Social and economic rights.


Scottish legal education after Brexit
Da Lomba Sylvie, Fletcher Maria, Zahn Rebecca
Law Teacher, pp. 1-14 (2019)
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
2. A Healthy Start? Experiences of Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women in Scotland
Da Lomba Sylvie, Fassetta Giovanna, Quinn Neil
Immigration Status and Basic Social Human Rights: A Comparative Study of Irregular Migrants’ Right to Health Care in France, the UK and Canada
Da Lomba Sylvie
Migrants and Rights. The International Library of Essays on Rights (2015) (2015)

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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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