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Helen O'Nions

Helen O'Nions

Associate Professor

Nottingham Law School

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Nottingham Law School staff


Helen has been a member of Nottingham Law School since 2007. She is currently the editor of the peer-reviewed, Nottingham Law Journal and a founding member of the research group, the Centre for Rights and Justice. In 2013 she was awarded fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Helen's teaching interests reflect her research and centre on human rights, immigration and public law issues. She is also responsible for overseeing the final year independent research projects which run on the Distance learning and full-time LLB programmes.

Helen's research interests centre on two particular aspects relating to international human rights; namely the right to seek asylum (in particular the effect of European asylum legislation) and the specific difficulties faced by the Roma in accessing rights protection. The latter was the subject of her PhD at the University of Leicester (which she completed in 2000).

Career overview

Prior to working at Nottingham Law School Helen taught Public Law, Human Rights and EU law at the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University. She has also worked part-time at the University of Leicester, Middlesex University and SOAS, University of London.

External activity

Helen is an external examiner on the law programme at the University of Exeter.

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent collaborative projects leading to edited collections:

  • minority and cultural rights of migrants in Research Handbook on Migration and International Law (ed. Prof. Vincent Chetail) Edward Elgar
  • Roma and citizenship in Slippery Citizenship (ed. Prof Rhoda Howard-Hasmann et al) Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.


Helen's recent publications include:

  • 'Warehouses And Window-Dressing: A Legal Perspective On Educational Segregation In Europe 2015, 1 (15) ZEP
  • 'Minority and Cultural Rights of Migrants' in Chetail (ed.) Research Handbook on Migration and International law 2014 Edward Elgar
  • 'Some Europeans are more Equal than Others' People, Place, Policy 2014, 8 (1)
  • 'How Citizenship Laws Leave The Roma In Europe’s Hinterland' in Howard-Hassmann (ed.) Slippery Citizenship 2015 U Penn Press
  • Bigo, Guild, Carrera (eds.) Foreigners, Refugees or Minorities Ashgate 2013 – published in Nottingham Law Journal 2014, 23.
  • Richardson and Ryder (eds.) Gypsies and Travellers – published in Romani Studies 2013, 23, 2
  • Asylum. A Right Denied Ashgate (2014)
  • Minority and cultural rights of migrants, in Research Handbook on Migration and International Law (ed. Prof.Vincent Chetail) Edward Elgar (2014)
  • Roma and Citizenship, in Slippery Citizenship (ed. Prof. Rhoda Howard-Hasmann et al.) Wilfred Laurier Univ, Canada (2014)
  • Roma expulsions and discrimination: The elephant in Brussels, European Journal of Migration and the Law, 13:4, 361-388 (2011)
  • What lies beneath: exploring links between hate crime and asylum policy in the UK, Liverpool Law Review,31:3, 233-491 (2011)
  • Divide and teach. Educational inequality and the Roma, International journal of Human Rights, 14:3, 464-489 (2010)
  • No right to liberty. The detention of asylum seekers for administrative convenience, European Journal of Migration and the Law, 2 (2008)
  • Exposing flaws in the detention of asylum seekers: a critique of Saadi, Nottingham Law Journal, 17:2, 34-51 (2008)
  • Minority Rights Protection in International law. The Roma of Europe, Ashgate (2007)

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