Helen O'NIONS  

Country of residence

United Kingdom

Brief introduction

Senior lecturer in Law, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University.


PhD, Law

Academic profile

Helen’s research focuses on the application of international human rights norms to the Roma of Europe through a critique of the individualist normative paradigm. Since completing her book on Roma and minority rights in 2007 she has published articles on the practice of segregated schooling in Eastern Europe in the context of the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in DH v Czech Republic. More recently, she has examined the selective application of free movement and citizenship rights in the European Union with particular reference to the Roma expulsions in France and Italy. Helen is also interested in questions of asylum policy and is currently completing a book to be published by Ashgate in 2013 entitled “Asylum: A Right denied”.


  • Minority Rights in International Law: The Roma of Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate  2007
  • Due for publication in Sept. 2011: “Roma expulsions and discrimination: the elephant in Brussels” European Journal of Migration and the Law
  • Divide and Teach: Educational inequality and the Roma” [2010]  International Journal of Human Rights Vol 14, 3 pp464-489


Roma, asylum, minority rights, education, discrimination

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