Chelsea is a BCL candidate supported by a scholarship from Jesus College, reading for the papers Comparative Human Rights, Comparative Equality Law, Law in Society, and Families & the State: Children. She will be commencing the DPhil in Law from October, focussing on the role of human rights law in addressing domestic abuse, under the supervision of Professors Shazia Choudhry and Jonathan Herring.
Prior to studying at Oxford Chelsea completed undergraduate degrees in Law and International Business, alongside graduate studies in Politics and International Relations; International Economics and Finance; French and Latin language; Mathematics; and English Literature. Chelsea has two University Medals and a Chancellor's Medal, and received the Una Prentice Award for the highest achieving graduating law student in the state of Queensland. She was the youngest graduate of her university, aged seventeen. Chelsea also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), and spent three years teaching English, French, Latin and Philosophy at a boarding school in Australia, where she also coordinated Gifted & Talented programmes.
Chelsea's research interests centre on issues of complex social policy, particularly dealing with vulnerable parties who face challenges advocating on their own behalf. Her undergraduate thesis, published in the Journal of Law & Medicine, investigated how dynamic socio-political conditions interact with attempts to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Australia, drawing on a comparative study of Dutch and Belgian law reform experiences. More recently, she was the lead researcher for a report for Community Legal Centres NSW, compiled on behalf of the University of Sydney Policy Reform Project, exploring the implications of reduced access to advocacy for parents involved in child protection cases.
Chelsea is a Research Officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Oxford Pro Bono Publico and a Convenor of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group in the Faculty of Law. She is also Poetry Editor for the Oxford Public Philosophy journal, and has had works of prose and poetry published in The Turl magazine. Chelsea is passionate about improving access to justice and considering how intersectional marginalisation affects the availability and effectiveness of legal remedies. She has previously served as a Youth Ambassador for Oxfam Australia, a member of the Australian delegation to the Harvard Model United Nations Conference, and a Senior Judge for The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition. Chelsea is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.