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'Let Us Learn': Legal Mobilization for the Rights of Young Migrants to Access Student Loans in the UK

Vanhala, L; Lambe, S; Knowles, R; (2018) 'Let Us Learn': Legal Mobilization for the Rights of Young Migrants to Access Student Loans in the UK. Journal of Human Rights Practice , 10 (3) pp. 439-460. 10.1093/jhuman/huy030. Green open access

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Abstract

Practitioners and scholars have argued that mobilizing the law can play a crucial role in translating human rights principles into transformative changes for rights holders. However, we have only a relatively embryonic understanding of the full range of mechanisms by which strategic legal action might lead to change and the conditions under which it is more or less likely to do so. Current thinking on how to assess legal mobilization has urged scholars and practitioners to pay increased attention to methodological issues. Our research builds on recent work to showcase the variety of mechanisms by which strategic legal action can translate into change. We seek to identify that factors that social justice practitioners should consider at each stage of the litigation process to improve the likelihood of success. We draw on an in-depth case study of mobilization by young migrants in the UK whose immigration status meant they could not access student loans for higher education thus violating their right to education. The analysis draws on a wide range of data including media analysis, organizational documents from the NGO supporting the young people and semi-structured interviews.

Type: Article
Title: 'Let Us Learn': Legal Mobilization for the Rights of Young Migrants to Access Student Loans in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jhuman/huy030
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huy030
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Legal mobilization; strategic litigation; right to education; migrants
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064798
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