Chambers celebrates with the Border Criminologies Centre at the University of Oxford


On 19th and 20th April 2018, Goldsmith Chambers’ academic partner, Border Criminologies (part of the Faculty of Law) at the University of Oxford, celebrated their 5th anniversary with the one and half day conference, Beyond Critique: Celebrating Five Years of Border Criminologies. Since 2013, Border Criminologies has brought together scholars, activists, policy-makers, legal professionals and other actors in the intersection between migration and criminal law.

The afternoon of 19th April 2018 saw a range of artistic responses to border control, including photography and performance art reflecting on the experience of immigration detention, photographic reflections on the inhabited cartographies of the Texas/Mexico borderland, and a display of art from the immigration detention archive.

Friday, 20th April 2018 featured presentations from legal, policing, human rights and community activist perspectives. The day explored, among other topics, collaborative approaches to the development of immigration law in the US; policing approaches to immigration control in the Netherlands; human rights monitoring of immigration detention throughout the EU; the role of children and youth who facilitate migration in the US borderlands; and the role of communities in navigating the response of refugees — particularly women — to the system of immigration control in Greece.

Goldsmith Chambers’ own Head of Chambers, Anthony Metzer QC, presented a well-received talk on the law around immigration detention in the UK, including remedies, bail, and judicial review of unlawful detention.

Earlier in March, Bronwen Jones, of chambers’ immigration team, also wrote a post for the Border Criminologies Centre’s blog.  The article is entitled “The End of ‘Deport First, Appeal Later’: The Decision in Kiarie and Byndloss” and you can read this here.

Anthony Metzer QC delivering his lecture on immigration detention.

Anthony Metzer QC sharing a Q&A Detention Panel with Hindpal Singh (National Preventative Mechanism monitor with HM Inspectorate of Prisons), Prof. Mary Bosworth and Matthew Evans, Director of AIRE.

Bronwen Jones with speakers Juliet Stumpf and Stephen Manning, who gave a presentation on Massive Collaborative Representation as Resistance.