Emma Borland joined the College of Law and Criminology in October 2016. She teaches Public Law and her research interests relate to access to justice for asylum seekers and refugees. Emma is the module coordinator for the LLB Law Dissertation and she is a member of the LLM Human Rights Programme Committee.

Emma holds an LLB (Hons) from Edinburgh University, an LLM (Distinction) in Human Rights Law from Cardiff University and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. Her LLB included an Erasmus year at the Université Paul Cézanne – Aix Marseille III, France. She is a PhD researcher and her (ESRC funded) doctoral thesis explores the concept of fairness within asylum adjudication in England and Wales. She has more than six years’ experience as an accredited immigration adviser and her work as a practitioner, specialising in asylum cases, inspired her research interest. Emma has been committed to helping asylum seekers and refugees since she undertook a 6 months internship in 2008/09 as a legal adviser for Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), the Egypt branch of a UK-based NGO.

As a Trustee of Asylum Justice, Emma works to enhance access to justice for asylum seekers and refugees in Wales.


  1. Borland, E. Unmerited Restrictions on Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers (Ed.), Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law 273 297 Brill | Nijhoff
  2. Borland, E. Fair Enough? The uk’s Reluctance to Find Article 6 echr Engaged in Asylum Disputes and the Transformative Potential of eu Law (Ed.), Seeking Asylum in the European Union 21 57 Brill | Nijhoff
  3. Borland, E. Fairness and the right to legal aid in asylum and asylum related cases International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 2 3 245


  • LAA339 Law dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and critical examination of an area of law in which they are particularly interested.

  • LAAM17 Human Rights, Asylum and Migration

    The unprecedented number of forcibly displaced people around the world is one of the greatest contemporary challenges in terms of human rights protection. In our changing world, the reasons for displacement and the movement of people are increasingly interconnected, multi-layered and complex. We are tasked with developing new ways of thinking theoretically about asylum, refugees, human rights, citizenship, borders and migration, and finding new strategies to assist vulnerable people to alleviate human suffering. This module provides students with a framework and forum to critically analyse existing political and legal regimes (international, regional and domestic); to reflect upon empirical evidence and current academic thought and debate; and to share ideas.