Yewa Holiday





Yewa Holiday is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. Her research considers why asylum seekers and refugees are prosecuted for offences relating to entry to or presence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland contrary to article 31(1) of the Refugee Convention. She was born in Sierra Leone and has worked in Japan, Spain and Jamaica. Yewa worked for the Criminal Cases Review Commission from 1998-2013; she specialised in cases involving refugees and victims of human trafficking and conducted training and seminars. She is a barrister (non-practising) of England and Wales (Middle Temple) and has LLMs in International Law (Cambridge)and International Criminal Law (Sussex).

Publications/recent projects:

  • Holiday, Y. (2015) The Function of the Criminal Law in the Prosecution of Refugees. Available at:
  • Syrian asylum seekers without passports to appeal UK convictions (2015)
  • Book Review of 'Crimes of Mobility. Criminal Law and the Regulation of Immigration' by Ana Aliverti (2014)