Emilie McDonnell is a DPhil in Law Candidate at Hertford College, University of Oxford and the 2016 Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar. Her research focuses on protecting the right to leave 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. The title of her DPhil is ‘Protecting the Right to Leave of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Migrants in an Era of Externalised Migration Control’.

Emilie completed the MPhil in Law in 2018 and the BCL with Distinction in 2017 at University College, University of Oxford. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Tasmania. She is also a qualified lawyer from Australia and an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania Law Faculty. In 2013, she 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.