Centre for Criminology

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Rachel is currently undertaking her DPhil in Criminology and is conducting research on sex trafficking victims' experiences with the criminal justice process in the Netherlands. She was the 2015 McDougall Visiting Professor of International Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, where she taught International Human Rights Law. Rachel was also an Editor for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog from 2013-2014. Prior to coming to Oxford, she was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York. Rachel completed her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her Master’s degree in Evidence-based Social Work at Oxford, and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at Cornell University (Honours).  


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  • Rachel J Wechsler, 'Book Review' (2016) Theoretical Criminology 248 [Review]
  • Rachel J Wechsler, 'Legal Responses to Questions of Animal Ethics and Religious Freedom' in Andrew Linzey and Clair Linzey (eds), Handbook of Religion and Animal Protection (2016) (forthcoming)
  • Rachel J Wechsler, 'Introduction to Migration, Asylum & Trafficking' in Laura Hilly and Richard Martin (eds), Global Perspectives on Human Rights (2015)
  • Rachel J Wechsler, 'Blood on the Hands of the Federal Government: Affirmative Steps that Promote Animal Cruelty' (2011) Journal of Animal Law and Ethics 183
  • Rachel J Wechsler, 'Giving Every Child a Chance: The Need for Reform and Infrastructure in Intercountry Adoption Policy' (2010) Pace International Law Review 1


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International Human Rights Law, Human Trafficking, Victimology, Refugee and Asylum Law, Animal Law and Ethics  

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