Emilie McDonnell

Researcher

Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil in Law candidate at Hertford College and the 2016 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Her research focuses on protecting the right to leave and related human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants during externalised migration control, specifically when it is conducted extraterritorially and has been outsourced to states of origin and transit, private actors, and international organisations. She holds a Hertford College Senior Scholarship in support of her studies. Prior to the DPhil, she completed the BCL with Distinction and MPhil in Law at Oxford University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Tasmania. Emilie has also completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and has been admitted to the Tasmanian Supreme Court as an Australian lawyer. In 2013, she co-founded and was a Director until 2016 of Tasmania’s first community legal centre for refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian entrants, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service. Emilie is an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania School of Law, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, and Member of the Asia-Pacific research group and Emerging Scholars Network at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney. She is the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Human Rights Law at the Oxford Law Faculty and has lectured and tutored for Human Rights Law (FHS). She has held various other teaching roles at the Oxford Law Faculty, on summer schools, the Stanford University Program in Oxford and the University of Tasmania. Emilie has been a regular contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog and researcher for Oxford Pro Bono Publico.

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Australia to Transfer Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children from Nauru to Australia

Australia to Transfer Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children from Nauru to Australia

The Australian government has confirmed plans to transfer all asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru to Australia by Christmas. This news comes after mounting pressure from the public, medical and legal organisations, human ...
The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

The Forgotten Asylum Seekers of Calais and Dunkirk

Since the closure of the ‘Jungle’ in October 2016, the asylum seekers and refugees that remain in Calais, Dunkirk and other areas along the Northern French coast in desperate and inhumane conditions appear to have been forgotten, no ...
Australia’s Legal Responsibility for the Refugees and Asylum Seekers it has left Languishing in Offshore Detention

Australia’s Legal Responsibility for the Refugees and Asylum Seekers it has left Languishing in Offshore Detention

With Australia’s recent election to the UN Human Rights Council, it is important that the international community supports and advocates for those Australia has left languishing in offshore detention. Approximately 336 asylum ...
UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

On 23 June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted its concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Australia on its implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and ...
Australia set to ban asylum seekers from entering Australia: It is time to hold Australia accountable

Australia set to ban asylum seekers from entering Australia: It is time to hold Australia accountable

On the 30th of October 2016, the Australian government announced that it would be introducing a law into parliament banning asylum seekers from entering Australia. This law will make it illegal for asylum seekers who were sent to a ...