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Professor Daniel Wilsher

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Daniel Wilsher is Professor in Law at The City Law School. Before coming to City in 2002, Daniel was a solicitor and partner in a London law firm specialising in asylum, immigration and human rights law. As well as teaching at City, since 2006 he has been a part-time Immigration Judge in the First-tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

As his first degree, Daniel undertook law and economics at King’s College, Cambridge. He went on to work in medical law and ethics for Action for Victims of Medical Accidents and then as a Nuffield Research Fellow. He then trained to become a solicitor. He moved into academia in 2000 after taking an LLM in European Law at Queen Mary College, London. He went on to take a PhD at the Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Njimegen in 2009. He was appointed Professor at City in 2014.

Daniel was a member of the Law Society Panel on immigration law and conducted important cases, including judicial review actions, in this field up to Court of Appeal level. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and a member of the Transparency International (UK) a leading anti-corruption charity.

He teaches in the fields of immigration law, European law and the EU energy law and policy. He has made a special study of immigration detention and his work has been cited in cases by the House of Lords and the High Court of Australia. Daniel's book ‘Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics’, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, was the first large-scale study of this important issue. He has also done research in the field of EU trade, competition and public law. He has been a consultant to research funding organisation including the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2009-11 he was a consultant to a research project on access to justice in migration cases funded by the Baring Trust. In 2014 he was also an expert member of the EU-funded project on immigration detention ‘Contention’ run by the Migration Policy Institute, European University Institute, Florence.

His most recent publications were on the law relating to the EU economic system during the Eurozone crisis. His present research agenda includes the balance between immigration and family life and the ongoing EU economic crisis.


Books (2)

  1. Wilsher, D. (2011). Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics. ISBN 978-1-107-00576-1.
  2. Wilsher, D. (2008). Liberty of foreigners: a history, law and politics of immigration detention. Wolf Legal Publishers. ISBN 978-90-5850-411-1.

Chapters (6)

  1. Wilsher, D. (2017). Whither presumption of liberty? Constitutional law and immigration detention. Challenging Immigration Detention. Academics, Activists and Policy-makers (pp. 66–81). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1-78536-805-9.
  2. Wilsher, D. (2013). Right to Liberty and Security. In Peers, S., Hervey, T., Kenner, J. and Ward, A. (Eds.), The Eu Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary (pp. 121–152). Hart Pub Limited. ISBN 978-1-84946-308-9.
  3. Wilsher, D. (2009). Reconciling National Autonomy and Trade Integration in the Context of Eco-labelling. In Arrowsmith, S. and Kunzlik, P. (Eds.), Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law (pp. 408–435). Cambridge Univ Pr. ISBN 978-0-521-88150-0.
  4. Wilsher, D. (2009). Reconciling national autonomy and trade integration in the context of eco-labelling. In Arrowsmith, S. and Kunzlik, P. (Eds.), Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law (pp. 408–435). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-88150-0.
  5. Wilsher, D. (2007). Immigration Detention and the Common European Asylum Policy. In Baldaccini, A., Guild, E. and Toner, H. (Eds.), Whose Freedom, Security and Justice? (pp. 395–426). Hart Pub Limited. ISBN 978-1-84113-684-4.
  6. Wilsher, D. (2005). Detention of Asylum Seekers and Refugees and International Human Rights Law. In Shah, P. (Ed.), The Challenge of Asylum to Legal Systems Routledge Cavendish. ISBN 978-1-85941-981-6.

Journal articles (18)

  1. Wilsher, D. (2013). Law and the financial crisis: Searching for Europe's new gold standard. European Law Journal, 20(2), pp. 241–283.
  2. Wilsher, D. (2013). Ready to Do Whatever it Takes? the Legal Mandate of the European Central Bank and the Economic Crisis. Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 15, pp. 503–536. doi:10.1017/S1528887000003141.
  3. Wilsher, D. (2011). Reconciling the Public and Private Dimension of Competition Litigation in the European Union. Global Competition Litigation Review, 4, pp. 89–98.
  4. Wilsher, D. (2010). FIFTY YEARS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION. EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW, 35(2), pp. 298–301.
  5. Wilsher, D. (2009). 'Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Electricity Sector: A Challenge for Competition Policy Too? An Analysis of Experience to Date and Some Suggestions for the Future'. Competition Law Review, 6(1), pp. 31–49.
  6. Wilsher, D. (2008). Does Keck discrimination make any sense? An assessment of the non-discrimination principle within the European Single Market. EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW, 33(1), pp. 3–22.
  7. Wilsher, D. (2008). Judicial Review of Economic Regulators in the UK by the High Court: Is Ultra Vires Enough to Satisfy the Demands of the European Economic Constitution? Competition Law Journal, 7, pp. 83–90.
  8. Wilsher, D. (2007). Lotto for learning? (The 'Supreme Court Phalanx'). NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS, 54(16), pp. 79–79.
  9. Wilsher, D. (2007). Achieving Better Decision-making in Competition Enforcement Cases: A Public Law Perspective on the Role of the Executive and the Courts. World Competition, 30(2), pp. 263–290.
  10. Wilsher, D. (2006). Inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment of public officials: A model draft that respects human rights in corruption cases. Crime, Law and Social Change, 45(1), pp. 27–53. doi:10.1007/s10611-006-9016-6.
  11. Wilsher, D. (2006). The Public Aspects of Private Enforcement in EC law: Some Constitutional and
    Administrative Challenges of a Damages Culture.
    Competition Law Review, 3(1), pp. 27–45.
  12. Wilsher, D. (2004). THE ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION OF NON-NATIONALS PURSUANT TO IMMIGRATION CONTROL: INTERNATIONAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PERSPECTIVES. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 53(4), pp. 897–934. doi:10.1093/iclq/53.4.897.
  13. Wilsher, D. (2003). Non-state actors and the definition of a refugee in the United Kingdom: Protection, accountability or culpability? International Journal of Refugee Law, 15(1), pp. 68–112. doi:10.1093/ijrl/15.1.68.
  14. Wilsher, D. (2001). Freedom of Environmental Information: Recent Developments and Future Prospects. European Public Law, 7(4), pp. 671–697.
  15. Wilsher, D. (2001). Economic Migration into the European Union: Standing at the Crossroads. Yearbook of European Law, 21(1), pp. 163–193. doi:10.1093/yel/21.1.163.
  16. Doyal, L. and Wilsher, D. (1994). Withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment from elderly people: towards formal guidelines. BMJ, 308(6945), pp. 1689–1692. doi:10.1136/bmj.308.6945.1689.
  17. Doyal, L. and Wilsher, D. (1994). Towards guidelines for withholding and withdrawal of life prolonging treatment in neonatal medicine. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed, 70(1). doi:10.1136/fn.70.1.f66.
  18. Doyal, L. and Wilsher, D. (1993). Withholding cardiopulmonary resuscitation: proposals for formal guidelines. BMJ, 306(6892), pp. 1593–1596. doi:10.1136/bmj.306.6892.1593.


  1. Wilson, K. and Wilsher, D. (2006). Corruption and the Funding of UK Political Parties. London: Transparency International UK.