Postgraduate Research Student
‘Exclusion from Refugee Status: Terrorism and the UK’s interpretation and application of Article 1F of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees’
Sarah graduated with first class honours from the LLB at Queen Mary, University of London in 2008, and was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize and the Drapers Company Undergraduate Prize. She went on to complete an LLM in International Human Rights Law at University College London, which she passed with distinction. She was the sole recipient of the Mishcon de Reya Scholarship, and also received substantial grants from the Haberdasher’s Thomas Arno Fund and the Jewish Student Aid Trust.
Sarah is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Law at Queen Mary, having been awarded the School of Law PhD Studentship. She is also a Graduate Student Advisor in the Department of Law, and the Managing Editor of the International Community Law Review.
Sarah has a number of publications on the topic of exclusion from refugee status, including ‘Exclusion from Refugee Status and Terrorist-related Offences: the case of AH (Algeria)’ (2012) 26(4) Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 337-348, and ‘Exclusion from Refugee Status: asylum seekers and terrorism in the UK’ (2012) 1 Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Working Papers Series 2-16, for which she was awarded best paper at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) Conference at University College Cork, Ireland.
Sarah was also recently awarded the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship to continue her doctoral research this academic year.
Sarah's research interests are in refugee law and policy, human rights and migration. Her current research focuses on the exclusion of suspected terrorists from refugee status in the UK. She is examining the UK’s interpretation and application of Article 1F, the ‘exclusion clause’ of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The primary focus of this research is to apply the analytical framework of public international law as a means of critically assessing the UK’s domestic asylum law and policy, and recommend how the UK’s domestic regime can be made compatible with the international legal framework. Secondly, with the cooperation of the UK Border Agency and the President’s Office of the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals, a thorough examination is made of the practical use and application of Article 1F in the UK. Exclusion from refugee status is the most severe sanction that can be imposed in the international refugee regime, and available data indicates that the use of Article 1F has increased in recent years, both in the UK and globally. This is therefore an important area of research and one which it is hoped will not only contribute to the academic literature in the field but also assist policy makers and courts and tribunals in the UK by providing a unique analysis of how this area of law functions in society.