Dr Céline Hocquet

Dr Céline Hocquet

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Céline is a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham Law School teaching EU law among other subjects. Her research interests include EU law, international law, and human rights, with a focus on questions related to migration and asylum. Her Ph.D. thesis, developing a critical redescription of the EU external migration and asylum law/policy following the 2015 ‘migration crisis’, was shortlisted for the UACES 2023 best thesis prize in recognition of its original contribution to European studies.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advanced UK)
  • PhD in Law (University of Birmingham)
  • Master in European public comparative law (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France)
  • BA in applied languages (University of Strasbourg, France)
  • LLB (Lille University, France)


Céline joined Birmingham Law School as a doctoral researcher in 2017. Before taking up the role of Teaching Fellow, she held various positions at UoB, including research assistant and postgraduate teaching assistant in EU law and academic skills.

Prior to joining UoB, Céline completed her LL.B specialised in EU and international law in Lille (France). She then studied at the Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany) for a year and completed her Master in European public comparative at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France). Céline also holds a BA in applied languages (Strasbourg University, France) specialised in English, German and Spanish.

Céline previously worked as a legal assistant in a French law firm specialised in public law and as a researcher in comparative law for the French Senate.


  • Legal Foundations of the European Union
  • Legal Systems of the World
  • Law, Justice and Ethics

Previously taught: Foundations of International Law and Globalisation, Global Law and Globalisation, Legal Communication, Legal Skills and Methods, Real Estate, academic skills


Céline’s research interests include EU law, especially immigration and asylum law and policy, critical legal studies, especially Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), and comparative public law. Céline’s doctoral research engages with the development of EU immigration and asylum law and the EU’s characterisation of migration as a ‘crisis’ in 2015. Using a TWAIL perspective, Céline’s doctoral research develops a critical redescription of the EU immigration and asylum law system showing the EU’s racialised approach to migration since the origins of the common asylum and migration policy.

Other activities

Recent conference papers:

  • Celine Hocquet, ‘Tracking the civilising mission’s legacies in externalised migration controls: A critical analysis of the EU cooperation with third countries’ (UACES 53rd Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 3-6 Sept. 2023)
  • Celine Hocquet, ‘The EU external migration policy and the spectre of the civilising mission’ (ECR Workshop: New Perspectives on Europe in the World, Europa Institute University of Edinburgh, 27-28 April 2023)

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