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Dr Jonathan Collinson


Lecturer, School of Law, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom



Jonathan has written extensively about children's legal rights in the context of immigration law and he is particularly interested in the legal operationalisation of the 'best interests of the child' standard. He has also written about the best interests of the child in data protection law and is currently authoring a book on the UK's Age Appropriate Design Code.



Journal articles:

  • with Julia Sloth-Nielsen and Amanda Spalding, ‘Rights Claims of Citizen Children of Foreign National Parents in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the European Court of Human Rights: hierarchies of ‘illegality’ and deservingness’ (2023) 37 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family ebad019
  • ‘Beyond Decisions About a Child and Decisions Affecting a Child in Deportation Cases’ (2022) 30 International Journal of Children’s Rights 703
  • with Jen Persson, ‘What does the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ Mean for Protecting Children’s Digital Rights? A narrative literature review in the context of the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code’ (2022) 27 Communications Law 132
  • with John Eekelaar, ‘A Fateful Legacy of Childhood: the Deportation of Non-citizen Offenders from the UK’ (2021) 35 Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 230
  • ‘Making the Best Interests of the Child a Substantive Human Right at the Centre of National Level Expulsion Decisions’ (2020) 38 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 169-190


  • 'Immigration Tribunal fees as a barrier to access to justice and substantive human rights protection for children' [2017] Public Law 1-10 Blogs
  • ‘The decision to deport a Nigerian man from Denmark was made without considering the best interests of his children: Communication No. 145/2021, OM v Denmark’ Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory (12 December 2023) (available at:
  • ‘Pay to prove that you are a child: the UK government consults on fees for age assessment appeals to the Immigration and Asylum Chambers’ Refugee Law Initiative Blog (6 December 2022) (available at:
  • ‘Administrative Law Challenges in the Information Commissioner’s Office Age Appropriate Design Code’ The UK Administrative Justice Institute Blog (19 October 2021) (available at:


Immigration Law; Data Protection Law; Human Rights Law; Best Interests of the Child
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