Lizzy Willmington

PhD researcher at Cardiff Law and Global Justice, Cardiff Law School

Lizzy has been interested in art activism and law since her BA in Art History, where she explored examples of art activism and direct action to challenge conceptions women’s bodily autonomy, the right to safe and legal abortion and international law through the organisation Women on Wave. After she completed her degree at Leeds University she worked at Amnesty International Australia, where she was a community campaigner and explored the use of art in engaging people in concepts and issues of human rights, particularly the right to asylum. Lizzy returned to London to complete her MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies at SOAS, where she was able to explore the performativity of law and art as a discursive space to challenge the production of binary and (il)legal subjects through the law. She went on to be involved in community lead policy approaches, such as the London Fairness Commission, before starting a PhD at Cardiff Law School in 2017. Lizzy is also part of the Who Are We? Project (, a three year project hosted by Tate Exchange which brings together artists, activists and academics to reflect on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation.

Lizzy’s research interests lie in the intersections of law, art and protest, and the opportunities that arise when these interlink. Her PhD research focuses on the outsourcing of border control responsibilities to third/transition countries such as through the EU-Turkey Statement and agreements between the EU and Libya as well as third parties within the UK through the production of the ‘hostile environment’. Lizzy is exploring counter narratives to these measures, focusing on grassroots and creative resistance which centre the voices of those who are the subjects of law rather than the makers or enforcers of laws.

Lizzy is interested in collaborating broadly on writing/events/actions around resistances to immigration law and policy both within the UK and internationally, particularly but not exclusively in terms of outsourcing, security and the use of humanitarian aid.

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