Human Rights Law Centre

Refugee Clinic

HRLC's Refugee Clinic was established in February 2020 and works in collaboration with Across Borders and Saint Andrews Refugee Services (StARS). It is the first of its kind in the UK.







StARS is a Cairo based organisation, established in 1979 to improve the quality of life of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Egypt. Their Refugee Legal Aid Program (RLAP) is currently the only legal aid provider for those seeking refugee status in Egypt. The Clinic operates to support the work of RLAP through casework assistance and research.

Opportunities for students

UoN students can undertake placements in the Clinic during which they will work remotely with legal advisors from StARS Refugee Legal Aid Program (RLAP) on Refugee Status Determination (RSD) applications with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo and carry out country of origin research. They work under the supervision of Director and Co-founder Laura Wills (HRLC) and colleagues at StARS.

Information for asylum seekers and refugees

The Refugee Clinic is unable to work on asylum applications made in the UK. If you are claiming asylum in the UK, there are many organisations that can support you, including the British Red Cross. You can find out more information about their services and localities on their website.

If you are a refugee or asylum seeker in Cairo and require support, please contact StARS directly. Information about their services and contact details can be found on their website.

Across Borders

This initiative has been made possible by funding gained by Across Borders. Across Borders was established in 2016 by a group of individuals who used to work at St. Andrews Refugee services in Cairo, Egypt.

When they returned to the UK they wanted to set up an organisation that provide financial and legal support to organisations working in the Middle East with refugees and migrants.

If you would like to support the work of Across Borders you can make a donation.




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Laura Wills

Refugee Clinic Director and Co-founder

Siobhan Allen

Siobhan Allen

Former Refugee Status Determination Coordinator at StARS and Refugee Clinic Co-founder

 Fiona Cameron

Fiona Cameron

Consultant, former StARS Executive Director ​and Refugee Clinic Co-founder



Student Caseworkers


Alexandra Musset – Final Year Law LLB

I am a final year Law and Canadian Law LLB student. My interest in refugee law has developed from volunteering at Student Action for Refugees, where I taught English conversation classes for newly settled refugees in the Nottingham area. This experience opened my eyes to the gravity of forced migration, its widespread nature, and the further social struggles people face after gaining refugee status in a third country. I recently completed an internship with Nottingham Arimethea Trust, a housing charity that supports destitute asylum seekers and refugees. During this role I developed insights into the lengthy legal process for appealing Home Office decisions, the limited social and financial support asylum seekers receive from the government, and the destitution many people face while they wait for their refugee status outcomes. My responsibilities included coordinating a large Refugee Week event which celebrated cultural diversity, and writing the 2019 Refugee Week Report which analyzed the efficacy of a city-wide program of events.



Navya Shah – Final Year Law LLB

I have always strived to be a well-rounded, confident & cohesive member of the international community; a student of strong ethical and disciplinary nature that will add value to society. Working locally alongside a Nottingham Charity with refugees from all walks of life re-enforced my resolve to further my work by working with the Human Rights Law Centre and the partner organization, Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services in a Refugee Clinic that provides advocacy and representation for asylum seekers in Egypt. 

More people than ever are presently displaced, and I am grateful that there are organizations like StARS that offer me the opportunity to gain legal casework experience to confront gross violations. When I witnessed the importance they placed on their core values of inclusivity, human dignity and equality, I understood how important it is to assist those with difficulties, to rise up and live in a barrier free society; something I strive to accomplish every day.





Laura Granados Vela – LLM International Human Rights Law

Laura is an LLM Human Rights Law student at the University of Nottingham and a Professional in International Relations with a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice from the Rosario University in Colombia.

Laura has been part of the Research Group of Colombian Migration Abroad in Rosario University as a Research Assistant and then as a Junior Researcher between 2016 and 2019. During these years she had the opportunity to study Colombian migration to Costa Rica, United States, Panama, Canada and Africa & Middle East. She published in January of 2018 a paper in an academic journal, Novum Jus, about social integration of Colombian immigrants in Costa Rica and has written a paper about the brain gain of Colombians in the United States, that is expected to be published by the indexed journal, Colombia Internacional, in 2020.




Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott – Doctoral Student in Law

Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott is a consultant for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He was previously Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and served on the Drones Task Force of the International Bar Association. 

Richard works on a range of public international law and rule of law projects. He has experience in legal practice and has undertaken advisory work on the behalf of states, international organizations and private entities, in addition to working on matters before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the London Court of International Arbitration and the UK Supreme Court.






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