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Dr Neil Graffin

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Neil is a Lecturer in Law at The Open University. Neil studied for a PhD in Law in Queen’s University Belfast, where he also completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Neil has also worked as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University and a Teaching Assistant at Queen’s University.

Research interests

Human rights, immigration and asylum law, wellbeing in the legal profession. 

Neil's research interests are within international human rights law, asylum law and law and emotion. Within these areas of legal enquiry, he is particularly interested in the legal framework which regulates what happens after someone has been ill-treated, as well as the impact of legal processes on individuals where trauma is present. 

Neil’s PhD research concerned assessing how human rights are upheld during the time individuals are held for police interviews. It evaluated the protections afforded by Articles 3 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights within this setting. This research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Brice Dickson and Professor Rory O’Connell. 

Neil is currently working on several projects in the field of immigration and asylum, including developing resources for immigration and asylum practitioners, and conducting further research on the issues of racial profiling and legal consciousness. 

Neil is currently working on a project with the UK charity, LawCare, to develop online resources to promote psychologically healthy practices within the legal profession. Neil is also collaborating in research which looks at means of supporting the mental health of practitioners within the legal profession. 

Teaching interests

Neil is Module Chair of W112: Tort law and the civil law system. He is also a member of the Open Justice team. 

External collaborations

Neil is on the executive board of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, holding the position of Honorary Secretary. 

Neil is also currently a Guest Lecturer and Visiting Fellow of the EDELNet International Graduate School (FernUniversität in Hagen). 

Publications

Taking Clinical Legal Education Online: Songs of Innocence and Experience (2020)
McFaul, Hugh; Hardie, Liz; Ryan, Francine; Lloyd Bright, Keren and Graffin, Neil
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education ((In press))


Racial profiling in immigration control: the problem with the Northern Irish border (2019-11)
Graffin, Neil and Garcia Blesa, Juan J.
International Human Rights Law Review, 8(2) (pp. 245-273)


The emotional impacts of working as an asylum lawyer (2019-03-31)
Graffin, Neil
Refugee Survey Quarterly, 38(1) (pp. 30-54)


Protecting asylum practitioners from emotional strain and secondary trauma: education, support and reform (2019)
Graffin, Neil
European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 25(2)


Gäfgen v Germany, the Use of Threats and the Punishment of Those Who Ill-treat During Police Questioning: A Reply to Steven Greer (2017)
Graffin, Neil
Human Rights Law Review, 17(4) (pp. 681-699)


The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissions Application: In the Matter of an Application for Judicial Review by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission In the Matter of the Law on the Termination of Pregnancy in Northern Ireland [2015] NIQB 96: High Court of Justice Northern Ireland (Queens Bench Division): Horner J: 30 November 2015 (2016-02)
Graffin, Neil
Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 5(1) (pp. 168-182)


The legal consequences of ill-treating detainees held for police questioning in breach of Article 3 ECHR (2014)
Graffin, Neil
Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 20(2)


Donaldson v United Kingdom: No right for prisoners to wear Easter lilies (2012)
Graffin, Neil
King's Law Journal, 23(1) (pp. 101-108)


Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession (2020-09-24)
Jones, Emma; Graffin, Neil; Samra, Rajvinder and Lucassen, Mathijs
Bristol Shorts Research
ISBN : 9781529210743 | Publisher : Bristol University Press | Published : Bristol


Suspending the Rule of Law for Racial Minorities in Border Management: Racial Profiling in the Western Mediterranean and the Post-Brexit Irish Border (2018-10-26)
Garcia Blesa, Juan J. and Graffin, Neil
In: August Prinz von Sachsen Gessaphe, Karl; Garcia Blesa, Juan J. and Szuka, Nils eds. Legal Implications of Brexit. Hagener Rechtswissenschaftliche Schriften (2) (pp. 195-214)
ISBN : 978-3-96163-149-0 | Publisher : MV-Wissenschaft | Published : Münster