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Lizzy Willmington

Dr Lizzy Willmington


Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

Available for postgraduate supervision


Lizzy is an interdisciplinary and critical legal scholar who works at the intersections of immigration law, critical legal studies, critical race studies and art.

Her doctoral research, 'Productions of Ignorance and Co-Productions of Resistance: Britain's Hostile Environment', was funded by Cardiff Law School Scholarship. This research focuses on contemporary UK immigration laws, known as the hostile environment, colonial histories of immigration laws and creative resistances to them. Approaches to this research include doctrinal and historical with critical property and critical race theory to scrutinise immigration laws as technologies of mobility, categorisation and segregation of people. Grassroots and co-productions of resistance to these processes were detailed through the case study of The Hostile Environment Walking Tour (2018), a participatory art project produced by Lizzy as part of the Who Are We? Project, a three-year project at the Tate Exchange.





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Lizzy is a member of the Cardiff Law and Global Justice Research Centre and is on the Art/Law Network Coordination Group.

Lizzy has the following publications


Morgan, J., & Willmington, L. (2023). The duty to remove asylum seekers under the Illegal Migration Act 2023: Is the government’s plan to ‘Stop the Boats’ now doomed to failure? Common Law World Review, 0(0). (open access)

Kyriakidou, M, Morani, M & Willmington, L. (2021) 'Representing diversity during COVID-19: minority and migrant communities in UK television news' Trandafoiu, R. (ed.), Border Crossings and Mobilities on Screen. Routledge

Willmington, L. (2020) 'Everyday Resistances: walking and talking the hostile environment' Finchett-Maddock, L and Lekakis, E (eds.), Art, Law and Power. Counterpress: London.

Morani, M & Willmington, L. (2020) ' A bit more human'?: trends in TV news coverage of black, Asian and minority ethnic people during the pandemic' LSE Blog


Willmington, L. (2018) Blog: ' Artists are For Life, Not Just Political Crises', Who Are We? Project


The Frank Machine. (2016) FLaK Zine, Feminist Legal Studies


Lizzy currently teaches on the following modules

  • Legal Foundations (LLB Year One)
  • Land Law (LLB Year Two)
  • Dissertation (LLB Year Three)
  • Themes in Socio-Legal Studies (LLM)


Lizzy joined the school as a Lecturer in 2021. Lizzy also conducted her PhD research at Cardiff Law School. Prior to this Lizzy completed her MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies at SOAS, Univeristy of London.


  • Race, ethnicity and law
  • Migration, asylum and refugee law
  • Law and humanities
  • Law in context
  • Law and society and socio-legal research