Dr. Alice Edwards

Website: http://independent.academia.edu/AliceEdwards




Dr Alice Edwards is an experienced international refugee and human rights lawyer and scholar. She is the Head of the Secretariat for the Convention against Torture Initiative, www.cti2024.org, a global government-led initiative based in Geneva, Switzerland, and being spearheaded by the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco to achieve universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, by 2024.

From 2010-2015, she was UNHCR’s Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice and the Senior Legal Coordinator in the Division of International Protection, Geneva. In 2001-2 and 2010-11, she was the focal point for the legal aspects of both the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the 1951 Refugee Convention respectively. UNHCR’s 2001-2 Global Consultations on International Protection resulted in the development of the first UNHCR legal guidelines on gender-related refugee claims, which she authored, along with many other guidelines in the series. Her publication on ‘Age and Gender Dimensions in International Refugee Law’ in E. Feller, V. Türk, and F. Nicholson (eds.), Refugee Protection in International Law: UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 46-80, and earlier gender research in Bosnia and Herzegovina charted a course for further legal and policy thinking in the area of women’s claims to refugee status. Her field assignments with UNHCR were in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda and Morocco.

Alice has held academic appointments in law at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham (2006-10), worked for Amnesty International in London (2005-6), and is widely published and cited. Her publications include the much-acclaimed book, Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011, pb 2013), as well as three edited collections: Human Security and Non-Citizens (CUP, pb & hb 2011), Nationality and Statelessness under International Law (ed., CUP, 2014, pb 2016) and In Flight from Conflict and Violence: UNHCR’s Consultations on Refugee Status and Other Forms of International Protection (ed., CUP, forthcoming 2016). She is an editor of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Refugee Law Reader and Migration Studies Journal. LL.B (Hons.), B.A (UTAS), LL.M (Distinction) (Nottingham), PhD (ANU). She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.