Stacy Topouzova is a DPhil candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, working in the field of EU asylum law. She examines status determination procedures and more specifically focuses on forms of ‘embedded discretion’. She conducts fieldwork to examine the range of factors that impact upon the evaluations of asylum claims in Bulgaria.

Prior to commencing her DPhil, Stacy was based at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford where she completed a Master of Science, specializing in migration. In addition, she has previously studied International Law, Archaeology, and Ethics at Harvard University and has completed a Diploma in International Law at the University of Geneva. Stacy completed her Honors Bachelor of Arts at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In addition to her academic work, Stacy has worked for the International Migration Institute (IMI) and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford as well as UNICEF Canada, the McGill Centre for International and Peace Studies, and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.


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