University staff profile
Brighton Business School
Jo Wilding is a practising barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London, specialising in immigration, asylum and unlawful detention including appeals, judicial review and claims for damages for false imprisonment.
Jo's research interests are around refugees and asylum seekers, legal aid and the quality of legal representation.
She is working on a PhD on "The Business of Asylum Justice", looking at the impact of legal aid cuts on clients, legal businesses and courts and the overall effect of these on access to justice and, in turn, the rule of law.
She recently completed a report on the situation of unaccompanied children seeking asylum and the extent to which their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are implemented by the UK government. This is the UK part of "In Whose Best Interests?", an EU-funded project in partnership with teams in Austria, France and Slovenia, supervised by Marie-Benedicte Dembour.
She was the legal expert responsible for case file reviews on the Quality of Asylum Legal Advice research project, jointly commissioned by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, Legal Ombudsman and Unbound Philanthropy.
Jo is a practising barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London, specialising in immigration, asylum and unlawful detention including appeals, judicial review and claims for damages for false imprisonment.
Consultancy and professional training
Jo undertakes projects as a consultant in areas related to her expertise. She is an Associate Member of Migration Work CIC and also designs and delivers training for immigration solicitors and caseworkers.
Jo has taught on the Law in Practice and Legal Research Project modules of the LLB course.
Forthcoming. With Simon Guentner, Sue Lukes, Richard Stanton and Bastian Vollmer. ‘Bordering in the UK Welfare System’. Critical Social Policy (Special issue on welfare chauvinism)
"In Whose Best Interest" National report on unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.
"Don't Shoot the Clowns: Taking a circus to the children of Iraq", New Internationalist 2006
"Fallujah", in Pilger, J. "Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its triumphs", Vintage, 2006