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Research Statement

Gillian is a PhD candidate in the School of Law and her research focuses on the role of public international law in preventing and tackling human trafficking among refugees and asylum seekers. This project combines her research interests of public international law generally, as well as international human rights law and international refugee law specifically.


PhD (Queen's University Belfast, School of Law, 2018 -2021 - ongoing) 

LLM Human Rights Law - Pass with Distinction (Queen's University Belfast, 2016 -2017) 

LLB International and European Law - graduated with the highest distinction (The Hague University of Applied Sciences, 2013 - 2016)


Awarded a Department for the Economy Studentship for PhD study (2018 - 2021) 

Awarded the James MacQuitty Law Scholarship for LLM (2016)

Research Interests

Public International Law

International Refugee Law 

International Human Rights Law 

International Law on Human Trafficking 



LAW 1020: EU Constitutional Law

LAW 1023: EU Internal Market Law 

Law Pathway Tutor: QUB Pathway Opportunity Programme 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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