Dr Walsh will present an overview of asylum-seeking in the UK, summarising the findings of a research report that he authored for the Migration Observatory last year, which, unusually for a report of its kind, received front-page media attention. Dr Walsh uses this case study to explore how academics can make their work reach a broader audience.
Dr Proudman will present on asylum law in the context of female genital mutilation (FGM). As an academic and barrister, Dr Proudman will provide an overview of FGM asylum cases and links between asylum law and FGM Protection Orders. FGM Protection Orders are a novel legal remedy introduced in 2015 which are designed to protect girls from risk of FGM in the UK and abroad but as can be seen from recent jurisprudence, the courts are not always able to act to protect girls without immigration status, leaving them at risk of FGM.
Dr Charlotte Proudman is a Barrister at Goldsmith Chambers where she specialises in violence against women and girls and she has appeared in a number of FGMPO reported cases. Dr Proudman combines law and academia, as a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge where she teaches Feminist Legal Theory in the Department of Sociology and researches FGM law and policy in Britain. She completed a doctorate in FGM law at King’s College, Cambridge where she researched why at that stage there had not been a conviction for FGM and she is writing a manuscript for Oxford University Press.
Dr Peter William Walsh is a Researcher at The Migration Observatory, University of Oxford. His research focuses on UK immigration policy. His doctoral thesis, The Legislature in Immigration Policy-Making: A Liberal Constraint?, examines the role of the national legislature in shaping the immigration law of liberal democratic states. Peter holds a PhD (Sociology), MPhil (Modern Society and Global Transformations), and BA (Social and Political Sciences) from the University of Cambridge. His book, From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons, published by Palgrave Macmillan, just came out in paperback.