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Human Rights

Migrants, refugees and the right to family life

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The Law Society, Middlesex University School of Law and Matrix Chambers are working together to produce a Human Rights Practice Short Course. This course will focus on the latest developments and emerging issues in European and international human rights practice: themes and systems, law and practice.

Session One: Migrants, refugees and the right to family life was held on Thursday 22 January 2015


  • Samantha Knights (Matrix Chambers)
  • Dr. Helena Wray (Middlesex University)

Chaired by:

  • Alastair Logan OBE, Law Society Human Rights Committee Member

The talk explored the right to family reunion in international law, under the Refugee Convention and domestic law following consideration of the issue by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of B v Director of the Legal Aid Agency and discuss recent developments in family migration rights for the spouses of UK residents and citizens, in particular the cases of MM v SSHD (minimum income requirement), Bibi v SSHD (English language test) and the ECtHR judgment in Biao v Denmark


The course is aimed at a broad range of participants, including students, practising lawyers, NGOs, civil servants and academics. There will be nine two hour sessions (on Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm) running from January to April 2015.

The Old Council Chamber holds 65 capacity and 2 CPD points are available on request from The Law Society per session. Places are free, but registration is required. To register, sessions need to be booked individually, each session can be found on the Law Society website using The Law Society events webpage link:


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