School of Law

Professor Elspeth Guild, BA (Thes/niki), PhD (Radboud University, Netherlands)


Professor of Law

Room Number: Mile End


Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and an associate senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels. She is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was special advisor to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s Inquiry into Economic Migration in 2005.

Her interests and expertise lies primarily in the area of EU law, in particular EU Justice and Home Affairs (including immigration, asylum, border controls, criminal law and police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters). She also researches EU privacy and data protection law and the nexus with human rights. She co-ordinates the European Commission’s Network of Experts on Free Movement of Workers  which the Radboud University manages, bringing together academic experts from the 27 Member States providing national reports annually on the implementation of EU law in the Member States, thematic reports, regional conferences and a national conference each year. She is also co-editor of the European Journal of Migration and Law and Free Movement of Workers (the European Commission’s on-line journal)  and on the editorial board of the journal International Political Sociology. She is co-editor of the book series Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe published by Martinus Nijhoff.

Professor Guild provides regular advice to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other European and international organizations (such as the UNHCR) on free movement of persons, migration and asylum.  She has researched the legal and social content of European citizenship and has been invited to submit the chapter on EU citizenship for Blackwells Companion for European Union Law and International Law in 2012.  

Professor Guild is co-chair of the European Sub Committee, Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), a post which she has held since the sub-committee was established in 1990. ILPA is the UK legal profession’s voice on immigration and asylum matters with just under a thousand members. In this role she has been instrumental in ensuring that the reflections of UK legal practitioners on EU immigration and asylum matters are taken into account by policy makers both in the UK and the EU. She teaches regularly in ILPA’s continuing education programme. She also teaches regularly for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles in their educational programme for legal practitioners across the Europe.



Key Publications

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Books authored

  • Security and Migration in the 21st Century Polity, Cambridge, 2009.
  • Security and European human rights: protecting individual rights in times of exception and military action Wolf, Nijmegen, 2007. Translated into Hungarian by Majtényi Balázs and Pap András László Mikor Bűncselekmény a Háború? L’Harmattan, Kiadó 2009; and French DROITS DE L'HOMME AU NIVEAU EUROPÉEN La protection des droits des individus en période dite d'exception et d'action militaire L’Harmattan, Paris, 2009
  • The Legal Elements of European Identity: EU Citizenship and Migration Law Elspeth Guild, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2004.

Books edited

  • Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration E Guild & S Mantu (eds) Ashgate, Aldershot, 2011
  • Europe’s 21st Century Challenge Didier Bigo, Sergio Carrera, Elspeth Guild and R B J Walker (editors), Ashgate, Farnham, 2010
  • Security versus Justice? Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union (editor with F Geyer) Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘When even Machiavelli’s Prince needs a Visa – Migration, Euro-Mediterranean Relations and Intercultural Dialogue’ European Foreign Affairs Review (2010) 15 : 367 – 384.
  • ‘Refugee Protection, Counter-Terrorism, and Exclusion in the European Union’ E Guild and Madeline Garlick Refugee Survey Quarterly (2010) 29(4): 63-82
  • ‘The Uses and Abuses of Counter-terrorism Policies in Europe: the case of the lists’ JCMS 2008 Vol 46 No 1 pp 173 – 193
  • ‘The Europeanisation of Europe's Asylum Policy’  Int J Refugee Law 2006 18: 630-651