Ayesha Riaz

Ayesha Riaz LLB; LLM; Non-practising Barrister

Senior Lecturer in Law

Ayesha Riaz is currently pursuing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London whereby she is investigating the relationship between the British State and solicitors that help asylum seekers in the UK. She previously worked at a legal aid firm in the UK and provided legal advice and assistance to those that were vulnerable such as detained and non-detained asylum seekers/victims of domestic violence and victims of trafficking.


Responsibilities within the university

Teaches Contract Law, Tort Law, Advocacy and Professional Ethics.


Nominated for 'The Inspirational Teaching Award' in the Student Lead Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich, 2021


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research / Scholarly interests

Ayesha is interested in the field of asylum/immigration law, as well as Public Law.

Recent publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Case Notes
  • Riaz, Ayesha (2022) ‘The Fight for Survival 50 Years On: A Brief Synopsis on Law Centres in the UK’, Cambridge Journal of Law, Politics and Art, forthcoming
  • Riaz, Ayesha, ‘The New Land Border with the UK: Legal Issues Between the EU and the UK for Asylum and Migration in Light of the Nationality and Borders Bill 2021’ in ‘The Migration and Border Management: Challenges and Perspectives for Reform’, I. Sammut (ed.), Eleven International Publishing (2022, forthcoming)
  • Essex Ryan, Riaz Ayesha, Casalotti Seb, Worthing Kitty , Issa Rita , Skinner James , Yule Aliya (2022), A decade of the hostile environment and its impact on health. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine ISSN: 0141-0768 (Print), 1758-1095 (Online) (In Press)
  • Riaz, Ayesha (2021) ‘Section 3 and 4 of the Human Rights Act and their Impact on the UK’s Constitutional Arrangements’, Queen Mary Law Journal, 1, 133-150 (DOI:10.26494/QMLJ72464)
  • Riaz, Ayesha (2021), ‘MR (Pakistan) & Anor v Secretary of State for Justice & Ors ‘[2021] EWCA Civ 541- [2021], Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 35(4), 393-399
  • Riaz, Ayesha (2021) SM v Lord Chancellor [2021] EWCH 418 (Admin) [2021] Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 35(3), 287-290
  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, 'ILPA Handbook for Legal Practitioners:  Using the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as an Interpretative Tool', 2021


Upcoming-International Association for the Study of Forced Migration: Global Issues, Regional Approaches, Context, Challenges, Dialogues and Solutions; 1 August 2022 (online)

Upcoming-Refugee Law Initiative, Improving the Global Refugee Regime: From Theory to Practice 29 June to 1 July 2022
Presentation: Rewrite of R (on the application of Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 7 (online)

Upcoming- Measuring Migration: How? Why? When? -University of Oxford and Managed Migration Network 9-10 June 2022
Presentation: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the United Kingdom’s Immigration Detention System (In-person)

Upcoming- Interdisciplinary Conference on European Advanced Studies-Institut d'études européennes, Université libre de Bruxelles May 11-13, 2022 Brussels, Belgium.
Presentation: Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers in the UK (In-person)

Migration and Asylum Policy Systems (MAPS)-Conference hosted by the University of Malta 25 March 2022.
Migration and Border Management: Challenges and Perspectives for Reform
Presentation: The New Land Border Between the UK and the EU (Online)

Migration and Asylum Policy Systems (MAPS) Conference hosted by Queen Mary University of London 11 December 2020
Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in Covid-19 Europe – Vulnerability, Hostility and the Prospects of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Presentation: The Unstable Nature of Legal Aid vis-à-vis Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants in the UK (Online)

Leicester Law School Postgraduate Research Conference 2020: Broadening the Boundaries of Legal Discourse-16 June 2020
Presentation: What impact does the hostile environment have on the professional decision-making of solicitors and doctors that assist asylum seekers? (Online)