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Ms Emilie McDonnell

Ms Emilie McDonnell

DPhil in Law candidate, Law Faculty, University of Oxford


Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil in Law candidate at Hertford College, University of Oxford and is 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 when migration control is conducted extraterritorially and has been outsourced to states of origin and transit, private actors and international organisations. In 2013, Emilie co-founded and was the former Vice-President and Secretary of Tasmania's first community legal centre for refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian entrants, the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service. She is a also a qualified lawyer from Australia and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania Law Faculty.

Research Interests

I am interested in refugee law, migration law and human rights law. I am particularly interested in the mobility of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and how states are restricting their movement, controlling their exit and entry through visas and carrier sanctions, and chains of legal responsibility in this context.