Alison Harvey has worked in the UK and overseas, representing clients before courts, tribunals and government departments, and advising on policy and legislation. She accepts public access work in appropriate cases.
She has worked with refugees, the internally displaced and the trafficked for the UN in West Africa and Azerbaijan and for international NGOs in Darfur. She worked in Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in its Legal and International Programs Office and leading its work on campaigning to end torture in the context of counter-terrorism.
She worked at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, including for its work on the Pinochet litigation and representing the Foundation at the UNHCR pre-ExCom meetings in Geneva. As chair of the Refugee Children’s Consortium, she led its work to persuade the UK to withdraw its reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in respect of refugee children.
A nationality law specialist she has advised on nationality law in different human rights contexts, including deprivation of citizenship resulting in statelessness, a topic on which she presented at UNHCR’s first global forum on statelessness in The Hague. She has a particular interest in the entitlements of Commonwealth citizens, including those in the Overseas Territories.
She led for the NGO Kalayaan in its work with its legal team for its intervention in the Supreme Court in the Reyes case on diplomatic immunity and human trafficking.
She divides her time between London and the West Country.
Fluent in French.
“As a trainer and writer, she is a leader in her field… Her forensic attention to detail has also proved invaluable in the ongoing wrangles over the detail of legal aid policy and regulations.”
Steve Hynes, Legal Action Group
“If you want to look up how the Immigration Act 2016 works in practice, A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016 by Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper is the definitive guide to the legislation.”
Colin Yeo, review on FreeMovement.org.uk.
Bar Council representative to Home Office Simplification of the [Immigration] Rules Review Committee
Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK parliament for its enquiry into immigration detention, specialising in the detention of the Windrush generation.
Bar Council Reference Group on Immigration Detention
Editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law
Chair of Trustees, Kalayaan (working with migrant domestic workers)
Expert Advisory Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Inner Temple Major Scholarship
Administrative Law Bar Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Joint Hons French and Philosophy (Oxon).
MA Human Rights and Civil Liberties Law.
Diploma in Law
Nationality law: righting the wrongs of history: (2017) Vol. 31, No.4 IANL 289-307
A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016, Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper, Bloomsbury Professional, 24 March 2017
Implications of Brexit for Immigration Law, Legal Action, November 2016‘”
Omnibus liberis hominibus”: The Rights of Refugees, Migrants and Exiles’, in E. Gibson-Morgan and A Chommeloux (Eds) The Rights and Aspirations of the Magna Carta (Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
Deprivation of nationality: implications for the fight against statelessness, Questions of International Law, 30 September 2016
‘Immigration detention in the UK: recent developments’ (2016) Vol. 30, No.3 IANL 222-251
Contributor to Ian Macdonald QC and Ronan Toal (Eds), Immigration Law and Practice, (Ninth edition) (Butterworths Lexis Nexis, 2015)
‘Citizenship: a right or a commodity to be bought and sold?’ Paper for Biennial Global Immigration conference November 2015 (International Bar Association, 2015)
‘Recent Developments on Deprivation of Nationality on Grounds of National Security and Terrorism Resulting in Statelessness’,  Vol. 28, No. 4 IANL, 336-354
‘The UK’s new statelessness determination procedure in context’  Vol. 27, No. 4 IANL 294-314
Contributor to H. Crawley (Ed.), Working with children and young people subject to immigration control: Guidelines for best practice, (ILPA)
Resources Guide for Legal Practitioners Working with Refugee Children (Third Edition), (ILPA 2012)
Contributor to L. Fransman, British Nationality Law (Third Edition), (Bloomsbury Professional 2011)
‘Statelessness: the “de facto” statelessness debate’  Vol. 24, No. 3 IANL, 257-264
Ian Macdonald QC, Laurie Fransman QC, Adrian Berry, Alison Harvey, Hina Majid, and Ronan Toal Blackstone’s Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (OUP 2009)
The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009  Vol. 24, No. 2, IANL, 113-132
‘Human trafficking - the road to ratification of the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings in the UK’  Vol. 22, No.3 IANL 218-235
‘Expulsion and exclusion’  Vol 22 No. 3 IANL, 208-222
Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants Etc.) Act 2004, (Butterworth’s Lexis Nexis, 2004)
Contributor to Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, Current Law Series) (Sweet and Maxwell, 2003)