Emilie McDonnell


Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil in Law candidate at Hertford College and is the 2016 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Her research focuses on protecting the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants when migration control is conducted extraterritorially and has been outsourced to states of origin and transit, and the compatibility of externalisation practices with the right to leave in international law.

Her areas of interest include refugee law, human rights law and public international law. 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 of Tasmania’s first community legal centre for refugees, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service.

Emilie has been a regular contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog and a researcher for Oxford Pro Bono Publico.