Marina Sharpe is a DPhil candidate and Trudeau Scholar at the University of Oxford's Faculty of Law. Her thesis is about the regional law of refugee protection in Africa. She was called to the bar of England & Wales (Inner Temple) in 2010 and to the New York bar in 2006, and spent almost three years in private practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and then London. Prior to this, she worked as a legal advisor with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University in Kampala, and later returned to Uganda as legal officer of the International Refugee Rights Initiative.

Marina has also worked with AMERA-Egypt, Fahamu and the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, and regularly undertakes consultancy work for organizations including Amnesty International, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UNHCR. Marina co-founded and served as a director of the non-governmental organization Asylum Access. She has taught courses at the Universities of London and Sherbrooke and has guest lectured at the Universities of Oxford and Tripoli, as well as at Georgetown and Yale.

Marina holds degrees in civil and common law from McGill University, an MSc in development management from the London School of Economics and a BA in economics and international development studies from McGill. She has also studied at the National University of Singapore and the University of New South Wales as an exchange student. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law, the Journal of Refugee Studies, the McGill Law Journal and Refuge, among others.


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  • M E Sharpe, ''The 1951 Refugee Convention's Contingent Rights Framework and Article 26 of the ICCPR: A Fundamental Incompatibility?' (2014) 30 Refuge 5
  • M E Sharpe, 'C Beyani, Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum Under the African Human Rights System (2013)' (2014) 26 International Journal of Refugee Law 321 [Review]
  • M E Sharpe, 'Organization of African Unity and African Union Engagement with Refugee Protection: 1963-2011' (2013) 21 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 50
  • M E Sharpe, 'The 1969 OAU Refugee Convention and the Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence in the Context of Individual Refugee Status Determination' (2013) UNHCR Legal and Protection Policy Research Series paper no. 30
  • M E Sharpe, 'The Impact of European Refugee Law on the Regional, Sub-Regional and National Planes in Africa' in H Lambert, J McAdam, M Fullerton (ed), The Global Reach of European Refugee Law (Cambridge University Press 2013)
  • J-F Durieux, V Moreno-Lax and M E Sharpe, 'An Asylum Spring in the New Libya?' (2012) Forced Migration Review
  • M E Sharpe and S Namusobya, 'Refugee Status Determination and the Rights of Recognized Refugees Under Uganda's Refugees Act 2006' (2012) 24 International Journal of Refugee Law 561
  • M E Sharpe, 'The 1969 African Refugee Convention: Innovations, Misconceptions, and Omissions' (2012) 58 McGill Law Journal 95
  • M E Sharpe, 'Engaging with Refugee Protection? The Organization of African Unity and African Union since 1963' (2011) UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research working paper no. 226
  • M E Sharpe, 'J Handmaker, Advocating for Accountability: Civic-State Interactions to Protect Refugees (2009)' (2011) 24 Journal of Refugee Studies 417 [Review]
  • M E Sharpe, 'C Dolan, Social Torture: The Case of Northern Uganda, 1986-2006 (2009)' (2009) Pambazuka News [Review]
  • N Brown, S Riordan and M E Sharpe, 'The Insecurity of Eritreans and Ethiopians in Cairo' (2004) 16 International Journal of Refugee Law 661
  • M E Sharpe, 'The Protection of People Fleeing Conflict and Violence in Africa' in V Türk, A Edwards, C Wouters (ed), In Flight from Conflict and Violence: UNHRC's Consultations on Refugee Definitions and Other Forms of International Protection (Cambridge University Press 1970) (forthcoming)


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Administrative law, constitutional law, human rights law, public international law, refugee law, tort law

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