Ms Sarah Craig

  • Senior Lecturer (School of Law)

telephone: 01413305482


Sarah developed an interest in access to justice, immigration and asylum law, social welfare law and tribunal procedures during the sixteen years she spent working as a solicitor in law centres and in private practice, and it is in these areas that her research interests lie.

In the past, Sarah has conducted research funded by the Scottish Executive and the Nuffield Foundation.  She recently participated in a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees project which evaluated how the EU Asylum Procedures Directive had been implemented across 12 Member States. Sarah was the UK National Project Officer for this project, which was funded by the European Refugee Fund.

Research interests

  • Access to justice.
  • European Union discrimination law.
  • Immigration and asylum law.
  • Immigration and asylum decision making procedures in the UK.
  • Human Rights Law.
  • Tribunals and administrative justice (particularly in Scotland).

Selected publications


Ms Sarah Craig has been awarded the following grants:


£5,000 awarded by Economic and Social Research Council – IAA: Immigration and Asylum Law and Practice to Ms Sarah Craig, in collaboration with the Faculty of Advocates and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland to develop joint work in specific areas of immigration and asylum law and practice where the tension between human right standards and measures which restrict individuals’ access to rights demands clarification and intervention.


£1,235,788, awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to Ms Sarah Craig, together with Prof AM Phipps, Creativity, Culture & Faith , Dr R White, Institute of Mental Health & Wellbeing, Dr RA Gibb, SPS - Sociology for "Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, and the State".


£44 991 , awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to Ms Sarah Craig, together with Prof AM Phipps, Creativity, Culture & Faith, Maria Fletcher, School of Law and Dr Robert Gibb, SPS - Sociology for Translating Cultures: ‘Law, Language and Silence’( Research networking). This interdisciplinary project brings together academics from law, sociology, language studies, social anthroplogy in collaborations with practitioners and civil society groups to tease out aspects of and perceptions of the role of language, interpretation and translation in asylum decision making.


€21,000 awarded by the EU’s European Refugee Fund and UNHCR to Ms Sarah Craig. UK National Project Officer for UNHCR’s “Improving Asylum Procedures Project”. This comparative study was the first and largest in-depth investigation into the implementation of the EU Asylum Procedures Directive. It took place across twelve EU Countries in 2008-2009, and it has been widely referred to by courts, Governments and others. Available at


£65 000 awarded by the Nuffield Foundation, to Ms Sarah Craig for “Challenging Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Decisions in Scotland”. Investigated the implementation of a new, paper-based form of onward appeal from decisions in immigration and asylum appeals, which was implemented differently in Scotland from the rest of the UK.