Who am I?

Dr Diego Acosta is a leading international expert on European and international migration law. The core of his research is an interdisciplinary, practically significant and theoretically sophisticated inquiry into International, Human Rights, European and Migration law to offer a novel defence of a rights-based approach to migration regulation. His work discusses Migration law as a central aspect of globalisation and analyses various processes of inclusion and exclusion and their profound implications for the rule of law in Europe, South America and elsewhere. He is the author of more than 40 publications and his latest monograph (in print with Cambridge University Press) looks at the legal construction of the national and the foreigner in South America since independence in the early 19th century until today. He also currently participates as co-investigator in the project Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) which the ERC has funded with 2.1 million euros for a period of five years. He has also been one of the authors of the proposal for a Model International Mobility Convention led by Columbia University in New York.


Dr Acosta has provided consultancy for various governments, international organisations, law firms, political parties and NGOs in Europe, Latin America and Africa. He produced the written observations for the applicant submitted to the European Court of Justice in the recent case C-636/16 López Pastuzano. This was a case on the Long-Term Residence Directive and the Court of Justice ruled in favour of the applicant. He is regularly invited to present his work in some of the most prestigious universities around the globe and has been visiting researcher at several institutions including the University of New York (NYU) and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He has been interviewed by media outlets in the USA, UK, Spain, Russia, Brazil or Ecuador, among others.

What do I publish?

I have more than 40 publications between monographs, edited collections, papers and chapters. My work has appeared in the most prestigious journals in the area including the International Migration Review, European Law Review, European Law Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies or European Journal of Migration and Law. I have published widely in the areas of EU Citizenship and EU Immigration Law; Migration and Free Movement of People in South America; Global Migration Law and Policy; and International Law. My new monograph (in press with Cambridge University Press) discusses the legal construction of the national and the foreigner in South America since independence in the early 19th century until today, and will be published in 2018.

Where do I work?

I work as a Reader in European and Migration Law at the University of Bristol in the UK. Between 2014 and 2019, I am also working 20% of my time as co-investigator in a five years research project entitled Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) for which Professor Andrew Geddes, as principal investigator, has obtained a European Research Council grant of 2.1 million Euros. During the academic year 2015-2016 I spent four months as a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (September-December 2015) and then six months as an Emile Nöel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre at NYU, New York (January-June 2016). I have been visiting fellow or researcher at many other institutions around the world including University of Riga (2010), Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro (2011), Universidad di Tella in Buenos Aires (2012), National University of Singapore (2012), Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá (2013) and University of Helsinki (2015).