University of Reading cookie policy

We use cookies on to improve your experience, monitor site performance and tailor content to you

Read our cookie policy to find out how to manage your cookie settings

Nora Honkala

Profile picture of Nora Honkala

Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research

Areas of interest

  • Gender and Law
  • Feminist Theory
  • Refugee Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law

Postgraduate supervision

Nora welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of gender and law, particularly feminist and socio-legal approaches to refugee law, IHR or PIL.


Nora is a Lecturer in Law and the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research. She returned to the School of Law in June 2020. Prior to that, she was a Lecturer at City, University of London and a Teaching Fellow at University of Reading. In 2017, she was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Henley Business School, running the Gender and Feminism at Work module.

Nora's research interests lie primarily in the field of gender and law, particularly feminist and socio-legal approaches to refugee law, human rights law and public international law. She is also currently undertaking research on gendered inequalities in academia. 

Together with Dr. Avi Boukli (Southampton), and Dr. Alex Dymock (Goldsmiths), Nora convenes the Gender, Sexuality and Law Stream at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conferences.

Academic qualifications

LLB (University of Melbourne, 2006), LLM in International Law and World Order (University of Reading, 2009), PhD (University of Reading, 2015), FHEA (2017)

Other publications

  • Honkala, Nora (2017). Forced Marriage Claims by Women Seeking Asylum at the Upper Tribunal.
    Women's Asylum News e bulletin for the Women's Project at Asylum Aid.
  • Honkala, Nora (2017). Gendered Political Opinion Ground in Forced Marriage Asylum Appeals.
    Social & Legal Studies Blog.
  • Honkala, Nora (2014). "As Forced Marriage Gets Criminalised in the UK- What then of Asylum Seeker Women Fleeing Forced Marriages?"
    Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Law, Gender and Sexuality.


  • Honkala, Nora: (Mis) Understanding Forced Marriages: International Law, Rights and Their Limits in Asylum Seeker Women's Cases, PhD Thesis, 2015 (Funded by ESRC)


Loading your publications ...