Emilie McDonnell is an MPhil in Law candidate at University College and is the 2016 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Her research focuses on protecting the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants when migration control is conducted extraterritorially and has been outsourced to states of origin and transit, and the compatibility of externalisation practices with the right to leave in international law.

Her areas of interest include refugee law, human rights law and public international law. Prior to the MPhil, she completed the BCL with Distinction in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Tasmania. Emilie has also completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and has been admitted to the Tasmanian Supreme Court as an Australian lawyer. In 2013, she co-founded Tasmania’s first community legal centre for refugees, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service, with a group of Tasmanian lawyers and community members.


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Refugee law; Human Rights Law; Public International Law; Criminal Law; Criminology

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