Warda is currently based in Toronto, Canada and practices both US and Canadian law at Lorne Waldman PC. She is called to the Ontario and New York bars. Previously, Warda worked as a corporate lawyer for several years. She also served as a visiting attorney with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, where she was a part of the prosecution team and involved with publication of internal guidance for the United Nations. Warda is interested in all aspects of immigration, refugee and human rights law and regularly publishes in the area. Her recent publications include: (1) The wrong end of the wedge: migrants and Islamaphobia in the 2015 Canadian federal election, with Lorne Waldman, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration 5(2) 2015; (2) Can a Picture Change the Rhetoric on Refugees? New America Foundation September 2015; and (3) A General Overview of the New Citizenship Rules, Carswell, ImmQuest Volume 11 (7) 2015.



Claire is currently studying for a Ph.D. in International Development within the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies also from Oxford, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA from University of Bristol. Her research focuses on government politics and bureaucracy related to refugee law, policy and practice in Africa, with her doctoral work focusing on Kenya. Claire has worked as an intern for several international development NGOs and has volunteered with asylum-seekers living in the UK.


Law Monitor Editor

Ella is an Australian qualified lawyer working as a Legal Researcher / Team Assistant at Garden Court Chambers, London. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons) from Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford (2015). She has recently published a case comment in the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law (Ali and Bibi v SSHD [2015] UKSC 68), and her MSc thesis which explores the use of Special Advocates in the UK and Canada, will be published as a working paper by the Refugee Studies Centre, the University of Oxford in March 2016.


Law Monitor Editor

Tamsin is currently working as an employment lawyer in Melbourne, doing pro bono and volunteer work in the refugee field. She is particularly interested in labour rights for refugees and people seeking asylum. Tamsin completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford in 2015.


Policy Monitor Editor

Annelies Christiani is a Social Worker and Anthropologist specialised in migration. She recently graduated from the MSc in Migration Studies where she researched activism among undocumented refugee movements in the Netherlands. She has previously worked as a researcher at the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration where she looked at ways the private sector can be engaged in- and contribute to assisting migrants and refugees. She has also worked with Burmese migrant communities in Northern Thailand, where fieldwork for her Anthropology Master dissertation was based. Annelies currently works as a Project Coordinator and Researcher at the We women foundation. Her latest project will involve research in Myanmar, where she will examine access to higher education for women from marginalised ethnic communities.


First-Hand Section Editor

Helen currently works as Program Associate for Asylum Access. Based in Tanzania, she manages Asylum Access’ monitoring and evaluation of legal aid, community legal empowerment, strategic litigation and advocacy programs for refugees in Tanzania, Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Panama. She is also developing a Refugee Rights Leader Fellowship. Prior to her current role, she supported social innovation and grassroots community work in China, Ghana, and Uruguay. Helen holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.


First Hand Editor

Stephanie Kumah is a Project Assistant at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington, DC.  She recently graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Migration Studies.  At Oxford, her research examined historical patterns of incorporation among the Yoruba and the Mossi in Ghana. During her time at Oxford, she also served as a researcher on the Gender Equality Panel of the Oxbridge Human Development Research Group. She completed her undergraduate degree in government and French at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Academic Editor

Barbara holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the politics behind the resettlement of Bhutanese refugees to the US. Previously, Barbara was involved in development projects in Lebanon, India, and Nepal. She has also worked as a research assistant for the University of East Anglia’s Department of International Development and served as a peer mentor for refugee youth. Her research interests include forced displacement in South Asia and the Middle East with a particular focus on gendered notions of innocence and the political economy of war.


Academic Articles Editor

Nadya is currently based in Amman, Jordan working as the Communications Coordinator for Friends of Sabeel –North America and as the Jordan-US Liaison for the Islah Reparations Project. She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the double and triple-displacement of Palestinian refugees in the Levant and Iraq. At present, she is completing her second term at the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture.


Field Monitor Editor

Anne-Marie is currently based in Toronto, Canada and working as a Program Coordinator for the Client Support Services program at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. She recently completed the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and has an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology. Anne-Marie’s professional and academic background are in refugee resettlement as she has worked with UNHCR and the Resettlement Support Center Africa (RSC Africa) and in her current role in refugee settlement services.


Field Monitor Editor

Maddie is currently living in Winnipeg, Canada pursuing her Juris Doctor in Law. She is the Vice-Chair of the Migration Law Student Group at Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba. She recently completed her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford and has an undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Global Studies. Maddie’s research focuses primarily on children’s rights, and refugee youth. Previously, Maddie was a Youth Program Support Worker at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, where she helped to develop and facilitate a literacy program for refugee children in Winnipeg.