Biography

Amy is a DPhil candidate in Law at Exeter College, Oxford, supervised by Professor Catherine O’Regan and Professor Fernanda Pirie. Her thesis examines engagement with property rights in urban ‘slum’ settlements in Rwanda, and focuses on landowners’ use of the formal court system to resist state expropriation of their land. Her research is part-funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust. In 2020, Amy completed the MPhil in Law at Somerville College, Oxford.

Amy was previously a Graduate Mooting Assistant at the Oxford Law Faculty and a Research Assistant at Brick Court Chambers. She is currently a Junior Dean at Exeter College, a Non-Stipendary Lecturer in Law at Balliol College, and a Tutor in Contract Law at Exeter College. She holds a pupillage offer from 3 Verulam Buildings following completion of her DPhil.

Before coming to Oxford, Amy completed a training contract with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. During this time, she ran the Tower Hamlets Law Centre trainee volunteer scheme, and volunteered with Fair Trials International, Liberty, and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

Prior to her training contract, Amy completed a BA in Law at the University of Cambridge, writing her first class dissertation on "Legal Aid as a Constitutional Principle: Challenging Sovereignty and Protecting Access to Justice". During her time at Cambridge, she was President of the Cambridge Union and Mistress of Moots of the Cambridge Law Faculty. She also interned with the Texas Defender Service in Austin, Texas, where she worked on post-conviction Death Row appeals litigation. 

Amy is a keen mooter, winning the Gray’s Inn Varsity Moot on behalf of Cambridge and the Varsity Advocacy Cup on behalf of Oxford. She also reached the finals of the Cambridge Quadrant Chambers Fledglings Moot, the Cambridge Blackstone DeSmith Moot, the Oxford-Cambridge Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship, and the Francis Taylor Buildings Kingsland Cup and Prize Moot.

Research Interests

Property law; constitutional law, rule of law, socio-legal studies, Rwanda, Sub-Saharan Africa.

Research projects