Dr Kieren McGuffin

Dr Kieren McGuffin

Birmingham Law School
Assistant Professor
Deputy Head of Education (LLB)

Contact details

Birmingham Law School

Dr McGuffin returned to Birmingham Law School as a teaching fellow in 2014 having completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham.  Primarily a human rights lawyer, Kieren’s research focusses on the rights of irregular migrants. Kieren is the current module leader for ‘Economics, Politics and Globalisation - LLB’ and Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement.’


  • PhD in Law; University of Nottingham
  • LLM International Development Law and Human Rights; University of Warwick
  • LLB Law for Graduates - University of Birmingham
  • BA English Literature/Language; University of Leeds


  • Economics, Politics and Globalisation – LLB
  • Tort Law – LLB,
  • Environmental Law – LLB. 

Postgraduate supervision

Dr McGuffin is happy to supervise postgraduate research students in the following areas:

Refugee Law

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Kieren McGuffin’s PhD was entitled ‘Environmentally-related displacement in the context of climate change’.  The thesis focussed on: a) an interdisciplinary assessment of the complex, multi-faceted nature of environmentally-related displacement (and displacement more generally); b) the structure and nature of state obligations under relevant international legal instruments (these instruments considered included international refugee law and human rights based complementary protection regimes, international human rights law with a particular focus on the extra-territorial dimensions of economic social and cultural rights protections; c) obstacles to the extension of protection for environmentally-related displacees under existing legal regimes and/or via the creation of new international legal instruments; and d) lessons to be learned from other areas of international law, notably the structure of international environmental law bodies/instruments. Building on these foundations Kieren’s current research addresses irregular migration more generally, with a particular focus on the concept/nature of ‘vulnerability’.