Matthew Bodycombe

Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
 Matthew Bodycombe


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  • EU and International Migration Law, EU Law in general.


Hello I am a PhD Graduate carrying out research in the area of EU Migration law. My PhD revolves around the exploration of various possibilities for harmonizing decision making on asylum matters throughout the European Union. I am using a comparative basis for the research looking at areas where there is already some centralization of decision making and sharing of ideas regarding best practice such as the European Regulators Group for Audiomedia Services, the European Data Protection Board, through to the model of national courts acting as tradmark courts through to the possibility of a more formal asylum court structure using the proposed European Patent Court as a comparative basis. I am also a graduate teaching assistant in the school of law working with Marios Koutsias and Carlo Petrucci on the Law of the European Union module. My responsibilities include taking seminars, marking essays and also being a "port of call" for students who need help and advice with the materials taught on the course. Prior to coming to Essex to undertake my research I volunteered for the Kent charity Kent Refugee Help while also working as a teacher of English as a second language. I am also a qualified solicitor (non practicing) who worked briefly in in the fields (no pun intended) of agricultural and commercial property law.


  • BA Hons University of Wales Lampeter. (1999)

  • Graduate Diploma in Law University of Exeter (2002)

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice University of Exeter (2003)

  • Admitted as a Solicitor Law Society (2006)

  • LLM (European Law) University of Kent (2011)

Research and professional activities


An investigation into how harmonization of the decision making process (a European Asylum Court) in the Common European Asylum System could help achieve greater fairness and efficiency. (working title)

The Council of the EU agreed at the 1999 Tampere council meeting that it would work towards a common European Asylum System. So far this has not been achieved. The system revolves around Directives initially implemented in 2004 which, although being revised in 2013, still give Member States the ability to implement higher standards. This has led to variations in both asylum recognition rates and differing asylum procedure lengths. There are plans for a third phase which plans to replace the most

Supervisor: Professor Steve Peers

Research interests

EU and International Migration Law, EU and International Human Rights Law, EU Constitutional Law.



Colchester Campus

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