Professor Bernard Ryan

Professor of Migration law

School/Department: Law, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3595



Bernard Ryan is Professor of Migration Law at the University of Leicester. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and has a PhD from the European University Institute and was previously Professor of Law at the University of Kent. He is the co-chair of the Migration and Law Network which promotes the study of migration law in British universities. He is one of the leads of the Migration Mobility and Citizenship network at the University of Leicester.


My most recent publications and current research cover - the effects of migration upon employment law - the implications of Brexit for immigration law - the British-Irish common travel area - international and EU law relating to border control and



Selected publications

Recognition after All: Irish Citizens in Post-Brexit Immigration Law (2020) 34 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 284-305

Selective Citizenship: How the Court of Justice Linked Security of Residence to Integration‘ (2019) 21 European Journal of Migration and Law 374-399

The Migration Crisis and the European Union Border Regime in Marise Cremona and Joanne Scott (eds), EU Law Beyond EU Borders: The Extraterritorial Reach of EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Negotiating the Right to Remain after Brexit (2017) 31 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 197-226

At the Borders of Sovereignty: Nationality and Immigration Policy in an Independent Scotland, (2014) 28 Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 146-164

Bernard Ryan and Valsamis Mitsilegas (eds), Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges (2010, Martinus Nijhoff), pp 3-37

The Celtic Cubs: The Controversy over Birthright Citizenship in Ireland (2004) 6 European Journal of Migration and Law 173-193

The Ian Paisley Question: Irish Citizenship and Northern Ireland (2003) 25 Dublin University Law Journal 116-147

The Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland (2001) 64 Modern Law Review 855-874



I am available to supervise topics concerned with migration law and policy with a particular interest in nationality law border control and labour migration. These projects can cover international and EU law comparative law. I welcome historical and political sociological approaches to the subject area as well as legal ones.


Immigration Law (LLB module) International Migration and Refugee Law (LLM module)

Press and media

Brexit and immigration law UK border control
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