Biography

Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil in Law candidate and the 2016 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Her research focuses on protecting the right to leave and related 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. She is supervised by Professor Cathryn Costello and Professor Miles Jackson. 

Emilie completed the MPhil in Law in 2018 and the BCL with Distinction in 2017 at University College, Oxford. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Tasmania. Emilie is also a qualified lawyer from Australia and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania School of Law. In 2013, she co-founded and was a Director until 2016 of Tasmania’s first community legal centre for refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian entrants, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service.

She is a Research Assistant at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, a Co-Convenor of the Refugee and Migration Law Discussion Group, and a Student Resident at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, University of Cambridge, and a Member of the Asia-Pacific research group and Emerging Scholars Network at Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney.

She has tutored FHS undergraduates in Medical Law and Ethics and taught on several summer school programmes in Oxford. She recently coached the winning Oxford team at the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, Strasbourg April 2019. Emilie was awarded the 2019 Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights from the BIHR to enable her to undertake an internship with the Department of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Jerusalem between July-October 2019.

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Research Interests

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

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