Muhammad Atcha

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies

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Faculty of Law


Muhammad Atcha is a first year DPhil student at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Law. His doctoral research, supervised by Professor Fernanda Pirie, will involve a one year ethnography in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Prior to joining Oxford in 2022, Muhammad graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge. Using ethnographic methods, his MPhil thesis analyzed Ukrainian refugees' legal consciousness towards the Canadian legal system and their constructions of the Canadian State and law during their migration process. He also holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights from University College London where he examined how Facebook can be held legally accountable for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity during the 2017 Rohingya crisis. He completed his undergraduate studies with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto, St. George, double majoring in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and History.

Muhammad has worked with NGOs on projects relating to mass atrocities, human rights violations, and transitional justice.

Broadly, his research interests are in legal anthropology, human rights, refugees, camp governance, migration, and the intersection between religion and law. 


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Centre for Socio-Legal Studies