Jonathan Collinson

Birmingham Law School
Postgraduate Teaching Associate

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • LLM (with Distinction) in International Law: Crime, Justice, and Human Rights: University of Birmingham
  • LLB (Hons): University of Durham


I am a full-time Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, alongside teaching on the LLB programme as a Postgraduate Teaching Associate. I am an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

From 2011-15, I worked as a legal advisor in a busy legal aid solicitors firm, representing asylum-seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants, including foreign national offenders. I specialized in asylum cases grounded on religion, sexuality or gender (including the representation of transgendered individuals). 

Whilst in practice, I also completed a part-time Masters at the University of Birmingham, including a dissertation entitled, ‘Deportation as Punishment: Applying the European Convention on Human Rights to the UK’s Crimmigration Regime’.

I remain a Trustee of BIRCH, a Birmingham charity which runs projects that alleviates destitution and social isolation amongst marginalized refugees and asylum-seekers (


  • Public Law

Doctoral research

PhD title
How should the Article 8 ECHR claims of foreign national offenders against deportation take into account the best interests of the child?
Dr Adrian Hunt
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My thesis explains and evaluates how the UK Parliament and courts have taken into account the best interests of the child in the decision whether or not to deport a foreign national offender. The right to a family life under Article 8 ECHR is invoked by foreign national offenders with children to resist deportation, but Article 8 ECHR does not easily accommodate the more recent demands of Article 3 UNCRC; the best interests of the child. My thesis theorises the different models UK law has developed to reconcile these different norms and to produce an answer to individual cases. I critique each model and ask whether there is a better way of ensuring the UK’s international legal obligations can be met.

Other activities

I am an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and train postgraduates to teach through the Introduction to Learning and Teaching programme. I have also tutored undergraduate applicants from non-traditional backgrounds through the University’s access schemes.

I have presented my research at conferences in Birmingham and Edinburgh. I was on the organizing committee for the Midlands Postgraduate Research Conference in Law 2016 and co-convene the regular Birmingham Law School PGR Seminar Series.

I have made research-led written submissions in response to government consultation on Immigration Tribunal Fees (2016), the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information (2015), and to the Home Affairs Select Committee asylum inquiry (2013).


  • Jonathan Collinson, 'Immigration Tribunal fees as a barrier to access to justice and substantive human rights protection for children' [2017] Public Law 1-10