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Dr Ben Hudson

Lecturer in Law

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Dr Ben Hudson is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to Exeter, Ben was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln (2017-2020), and before that taught at the University of Bristol (2014-2017).

Ben’s research primarily concerns internal displacement and international human rights law. His doctoral research identified, examined and elucidated a series of pertinent challenges in law and practice that impact upon the effective realisation and requisite conceptualisation of return as a durable solution to internal displacement. Aside from his work on internal displacement, Ben has also published in the area of cross-border migration, notably examining the concept of vulnerability as utilised by the European Court of Human Rights in its case law pertaining to migrant journeys across the Mediterranean Sea.

Ben completed his doctorate in 2019 at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Sir Malcolm Evans and Professor Diego Acosta Arcarazo. His thesis was examined by Professor Chaloka Beyani (London School of Economics) and Professor Rachel Murray. This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 scholarship. In addition, Ben holds an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies (with distinction) and an MSc in International Development (with distinction) both also from the University of Bristol, and a BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Manchester.

In August 2020, Ben was appointed as a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Science at the University of Lincoln, specifically at Lincoln Medical School.

Ben is a Co-coordinator of the University of Exeter's interdisciplinary Routes network. He is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Internal Displacement and an Editorial Board Member of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) Working Paper Series. Ben also leads the migration-themed, 'Managing and Protecting People on the Move', research stream at the annual UK Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Conference.

Ben is an active supporter of Sanctuary Scholarships and other related initiatives that promote access to higher education for persons who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK (and elsewhere). In this capacity, Ben sits as a member of the UK Universities of Sanctuary National Steering Group. Ben is also a Director of the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project and a Trustee of Refugee Support Devon.

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Research interests

  • International law
  • International human rights law
  • Internal displacement
  • Refugee law
  • The European Convention and Court of Human Rights
  • Vulnerability
  • Access to higher education
  • Academic leadership

Research supervision

I thoroughly enjoy supervising student research projects. I am keen to discuss any research proposals that fall broadly within my interests and expertise with prospective masters and PhD students. I am very much open to supervising students not only in law but also those working on interdisciplinary projects. 

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