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.

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.

Alice Mercier 2016 - 2017

Alice has worked with people detained in immigration removal centres through Detention Action (UK) since November 2014. She has also spoken publicly on the use of detention in the UK. Alice currently works with a community-based youth service in London, and holds an undergraduate degree in Photographic Arts.

Dalia Malek 2016 - 2017

Dalia Malek is working as a Resettlement Expert at the UNHCR in Ankara under the umbrella of HIAS. She holds a PhD in Law from King's College London, and her doctoral research focused on the availability of individual complaints mechanisms to refugees, the exhaustion of local remedies in host countries, and immigration detention practices. Her research interests lie in refugee law, international human rights law, humanitarian law, and the African regional system of international human rights law. She also has a Master's degree in International Human Rights Law, a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has previously worked in various capacities at the UNHCR in Egypt and as a legal adviser at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance. She has also taught International Human Rights Law at King's College London, as well as at the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo. 

Iana Messetchkova 2016 - 2018

Iana has a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, as well as an MA in Human Rights Law at SOAS in London. She has previously worked with the UNHCR Public Information team in Bulgaria, as well as the human rights section of the EU Delegation to the United Nations. Iana has also volunteered with Detention Action in London, where she assisted with casework for individuals in immigration detention, including asylum seekers. She is currently based in London.

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