Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Former editors

Nora Danielson, 2010 - 2012 (Founding editor)

Nora is a DPhil Candidate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford. She earned an MPhil (Distinction) in Migration Studies, University of Oxford. Her current research is on refugees, refugee assistance and social change in the context of the aftermath of the 2005 refugee protest in Cairo, Egypt.

Yara Romariz Maasri, 2010 - 2014

Yara holds a First Class Honours MA in English with Linguistics from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an MSc in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, where her dissertation focused on concepts of identity among Lebanese displaced by conflict. She worked in refugee resettlement for over four years, in Lebanon, Kenya and Cameroon, followed by coordination and reporting for the Syrian refugee response in Amman, Jordan.

Sara Gonzalez Devant, 2011

Sara is a freelance researcher. She holds an MSc (Distinction) in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. She has published on conflict induced displacement in Timor-Leste, and has conducted consultancy work for UNHCR. In 2009-10 she was a Sauvé Scholar in Montréal, Canada. More recently, she has worked on the theme of the intergenerational transmission of poverty for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK.

Katie Vasey, 2012 - 2013

Katie holds a PhD from The University of Melbourne in Australia exploring emotional wellbeing and belonging of Iraqi refugee women who resettled in rural Australia. Katie also completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Tropical Health) from the University of Queensland, Australia and a BA(Hons) in Social Anthropology and Development Studies from the University of Sussex in England. She is a Research Fellow in the Social Science and Health Research unit at Monash University in Australia. Her current research explores the interrelationship between immigration, parenthood and identity with Iraqi and Cambodian women in Australia. She has published a monograph, and in national and international journals and edited books.

Stuart Thomas, 2012 - 2013

Stuart holds an MA Development Studies with Distinction, and BSc Psychology First Class. He has worked with refugees in Egypt and IDPs in Colombia and has further expereince within international development. Currently he carries out research and analyses for the public sector in the UK.

Clare Bakhtiar, 2014

Clare is a writer and Ph.D. Candidate in English and Psychiatry at the University of Southampton. Her interests and research lie in creativity and mood disorders, trauma and narrative, and how mental health affects the asylum process. She also worked as the editor and programme coordinator for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (LGBTI) legal resource page. 

Alice Crocker, 2013 - 2014

Alice Crocker recently graduated from Oxford university with a BA in European and Middle Eastern Languages (French and Arabic). She spent her year abroad studying at the French Institute in Damascus (IFPO), and later moved to Cairo after the beginning of the Syrian revolution. She has also worked with a refugee rights group in Brussels, visiting and negotiating on behalf of refugees in the detention centre.

Ashleigh Humphries, 2014 - 2015

Ashleigh Humphries is a graduate of Spanish and Arabic from the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying a law conversion course at BPP Manchester. She has previously undertaken voluntary work with a soup kitchen in Edinburgh, an orphanage in Tanzania and women rights organisations in Colombia. She is particularly interested in the Middle East and Latin America and has just returned from a study programme in Morocco.

Andrea Aylard, 2014 - 2015

Andrea holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and International Management from the University of Lethbridge.  An avid writer and traveller, Andrea published her first travel-journal in 2012.  She has interned/ volunteered in various capacities and countries, and is still actively involved with local initiatives in Togo, Zambia and Canada.  Andrea is passionate about human rights and is keen to continue learning about refugee law through her role as a co-editor for the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter.  Andrea speaks French and intermediate Spanish.

Katherine Rehberg, 2013 - 2014

Katherine has worked with refugees and displaced communities in Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, Uganda and the United States. She is interested in the politics of humanitarian programming and gaps in legal and social protection mechanisms for refugees and migrants, particularly in the global South. Katherine holds a BA in International Affairs with concentrations in public health and international economics from The George Washington University, and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.

Nejla Sammakia 2015 - 2016

Nejla has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University College Cork, Ireland, where she examined EU efforts to provide protection to asylum seekers in the aftermath of revolutions in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria, while simultaneously preventing the arrival of irregular migrants. She has written on the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, in particular in North Africa, identifying the extent of adherence to international standards, and providing recommendations for national authorities and for the EU. She has covered refugee issues as a program officer with a major donor organisation, and as human rights researcher with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist with the Associated Press and wrote about various human rights issues, including on refugees and migrants. Nejla has dual Irish and Egyptian citizenships, is fluent in Arabic and French, and has a working knowledge of Turkish.

Lily Parrott, 2012 - 2017

Lily completed her undergraduate in Philosophy & Psychology at the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Migration, Mobility & Development at SOAS. She has volunteered with Barnardo's Scotland, Rural Women Development Association (Tanzania), Detention Action, and Centre for the Study of Emotion & Law, as well as IRRI. Currently she works as a Service Manager for Refugee Support & International Family Tracing with the British Red Cross and in her free time serves as the Trustee Secretary for Samphire (formerly Dover Detainee Visitors' Group).

Jennie Corbett, 2013 - 2017

Jennie is currently studying for an MSc in Migration and Development at SOAS. She also volunteers for the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum in London and has a professional background in education and development co-operation.