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Gemma Manning has worked at the University of Huddersfield since leaving legal practice in 2004. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Department and a former practising solicitor in Immigration and Asylum Law and Mental Health Law. She is module leader for Immigration and Asylum Law on the Masters of Law and Practice, the Legal Practice Course, the LLB undergraduate Law Course and the LLB Distance Learning course. She also teaches on the Administration of Justice and Human Rights module. As manager of the University Legal Advice Clinic in the Packhorse Centre she assists and mentors students in the provision of free legal advice to the community.

Gemma’s research interests are in asylum, immigration and human rights law. Her research and writing focus on human rights and asylum law as well as issues surrounding immigration rules and policy in the public law context. She is currently studying for a PhD investigating the way Immigration Tribunals assess asylum claims involving risk of FGM on return to the country of origin.

Her publications to date include a 2019 article in Public Law on the Minimum Income Requirement for family settlement claims and the impact of the Supreme Court decision in MM and Others [2017] UKSC 10. She has also published a regularly updated article on the Right to Respect for Private and Family life (Article 8 ECHR) on Westlaw. Gemma used to write regularly on a range of aspects of immigration and asylum law in the former Student Law Review (published by Routledge).

Gemma has worked collaboratively with Jonathan Collinson (a colleague in the Law School) to respond together to the Law Commission's consultation on the simplification of the Immigration Rules ( They published an article in Judicial Review investigating some of the underlying assumptions in the Law Commission's consultation document, and responded to the Commission's final report in the UK Administrative Justice Institute blog (

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Immigration and asylum law 
  • Human rights law 
  • Gender and refugee law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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