Laura Hilly

Laura Hilly is Research Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and the Oxford Martin Programme of Human Rights for Future Generations.

As former Deputy Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub (2013-15) and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Oxford Human Rights Hub (February-July 2015), Laura’s research interest considers the contribution that gender diversity brings to appellate courts in common law jurisdictions.  Laura’s DPhil thesis in Law was completed summer of 2015, and she continues to research feminist legal theory, gender and judging, access to justice and the right to education.

Laura completed her BA/LLB at the Australian National University, graduating with first class honours; the University Medal in Law; and the Supreme Court Judges’ Prize. She then worked at the Federal Court of Australia as an Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Black AC; and as a litigation solicitor at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Laura was admitted to practice in Australia in 2007 and the United Kingdom in 2013. With the support of a Rhodes Scholarship she came to Oxford in 2009, completing the BCL with distinction in 2010, and her MPhil dissertation entitled A Woman’s Contribution: Gender Diversity and the Judicial Process in 2011. Her DPhil research was supported by a Clarendon Scholarship.  She has also worked with various community legal organisations such as the Welfare Rights Centre in Canberra, the Victorian Women’s Legal Service in Melbourne and the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town.

Laura has tutored in European Human Rights Law and Administrative Law at Oxford. She has been the Managing Editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog since 2013 and is a former Chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.