• Huddersfield Business School University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH United Kingdom

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Jonathan joined Huddersfield University in September 2018, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School. He teaches on the Immigration and Asylum Law LLB, Constitutional and Administrative Law LLB, and Administration of Justice and Human Rights LLB modules. He has previously created and been module leader for Humanitarian Challenges LLM. Jonathan acts as Year 1 Tutor, providing pastoral and academic support to first year undergraduates.

Jonathan is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

At Huddersfield Law School, Jonathan has been involved in supervising student advisors at the Legal Advice Clinic.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is interested in assessment literacy. He has experience mentoring students through schemes for widening participation in Higher Education, and in teaching pedagogy and teaching skills to postgraduate students who are embarking on HE teaching for the first time.

Jonathan worked as a caseworker in a well respected legal aid firm of solicitors in Birmingham, working exclusively in the area of asylum and immigration law. His practice included the representation of some of the most marginalised migrant groups, including asylum applicants and foreign national offenders. He developed expertise in asylum claims based on LGBTQ+ identity and on the Refugee Convention ground of religion.

Research Expertise and Interests

Jonathan's research interests are in immigration law, and his research and writing are informed by the methodologies of human rights law and of administrative law. He is also interested in issues related to citizenship, identity and exclusion.

His research publications to date have appeared in a number of prestigious law journals and are concerned with children and the deportation of foreign national offenders. His articles variously:

  • suggest an innovative policy solution to hard cases in deportation law (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2020);
  • consider how to reposition children to be at the heart of deportation decisions in human rights cases (Netherlands Quarterly on Human Rights, 2020);
  • systematise the Strasbourg case law on Article 8 ECHR in deportation cases (HRLR, 2020);
  • investigated barriers to children's access to justice in immigration appeal proceedings (Public Law, 2017), and;
  • critique prevailing interpretations of the deportation provisions in the Immigration Act 2014 (JIANL, 2017 & 2019). 

Jonathan worked collaboratively with Law School colleague Gemma Manning to respond together to the 2019 Law Commission's consultation on the simplification of the Immigration Rules (https://tinyurl.com/r3wjfex). Together we published an article in Judicial Review which investigated some of the underlying assumptions in the Law Commission's consultation document, and we responded to the Commission's final report in the UK Administrative Justice Institute blog (https://tinyurl.com/szvx96z). On the same blog, Jonathan also responded to the Government's response (https://tinyurl.com/y8c7voew), and interrogated whether the Law Commission's recommendations were carried out in the post-Brexit Immigration Rules (https://tinyurl.com/y3yvu42h).

Jonathan has also published on the notions of national belonging and citizenship raised in recent Australian constitutional law experience (https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2017/09/21/jonathan-collinson-disqualifying-dual-national-parliamentarians-in-australia-a-problem-of-legal-status-or-of-their-true-belonging-to-australia/).

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Immigation Law
  • Citizenship
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Best Interests of the Child


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