Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil 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 other migrants when migration control is conducted extraterritorially and has been outsourced to states of origin and transit, private actors and international organisations. Her work assesses the compatibility of externalisation practices with the right to leave in international law and seeks to determine when destination states, partner states and IOs can be held responsible for violating the right to leave, exploring issues such as attribution and complicity under the law of international responsibility.

Her areas of interest include refugee and migration law, human rights law and public international law. Emilie completed the MPhil in Law in 2018 and the BCL with Distinction in 2017. She 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 and was a Director until 2016 of Tasmania’s first community legal centre for refugees, asylum seekers and other humanitarian entrants, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service.


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

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