Seminar Recording – ILPA Handbook for Legal Practitioners: Using the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as an Interpretative Tool

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Zoom Recording:

This event is planned for all immigration and asylum practitioners to learn about the new ILPA Handbook for Practitioners on the Global Compact for Migration. It will introduce how the UN Global Compact can assist them and their clients by ensuring that the Home Office lives up to the ministerial statement that UK law is compliant with the UN Compact.

It will cover:
•    Innovative elements of the GCM: non-regression and non-discrimination, rule of law and role of human rights
•    How the GCM can be utilised by practitioners to strengthen submissions drawing on examples including the use of detention, access to public services, employment and labour rights and family reunification.
•    Discussion of this impact in light of the New Nationality and Borders Bill


Adrian Berry is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He has an extensive practice in British nationality law, both in historic Commonwealth-based claims and in contemporary issues concerning the automatic acquisition of citizenship, naturalisation and registration, as well as deprivation and loss of British nationality. He advises on claims to be a British citizen, British Overseas citizen (BOC), British overseas territories citizen (BOTC), British National (Overseas) (BN(O)), British subject (BS), or British Protected Person (BPP).


Elspeth Guild is legal counsel to the immigration team at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley. She is also listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the field of immigration. Guild is also a Jean Monnet Professor ad personam in law at Queen Mary University of London and Emeritus Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and teaches at Sciences-Po Paris. She regularly advises EU institutions on migration and asylum related matters. She also advises the Council of Europe.

Dr Kathryn Allinson is a legal scholar researching in the field of state responsibility, human rights and migration. Her PhD on ‘Establishing responsibility for causing displacement: An inquiry into the role of ‘Displacing Third States’ was awarded in January 2021 from Queen Mary University of London. She is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and Researcher on the Horizon 2020 PROTECT project. In this role she has contributed to a number of commentaries on the Global Compact on Migration, as well as publishing widely on the topic. She is also the Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed journal The International Community Law Review.

Nicolette Busuttilis a PhD candidate in the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London where she researches States’ fundamental rights obligations under EU law towards migrants with disabilities, particularly those with mental healthcare needs, in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Nicolette is a Visiting Lecturer in International & European Refugee Law at the University of Westminster and was previously a Senior Teaching Fellow in EU Law at SOAS University of London. 

Alan Desmond is a lecturer at the University of Leicester School of Law and joined in 2016. Before coming to Leicester he taught at third-level institutions in Ireland, Italy and Poland and spent time as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Warsaw, Harvard Law School and UCLA School of Law. Before entering legal academia he worked as a freelance print and broadcast journalist and wrote a number of award-winning Irish language books. His research interests lie broadly in the field of immigration law as it intersects with human rights law, international law and EU law. He is particularly interested in migrant exceptionality, namely, the ways in which states and courts attenuate the protection potential of human rights law in relation to non-citizens. The focus of his current research is on regularisation of irregular migrants and future prospects for the protection of migrants’ rights within (or without) the international system for human rights protection.