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Faculty Teaching Associate

Education CV

LL.M (First) (Cantab); Grad Dip Legal Practice (Griffith University); LL.B (First) (Griffith University); BSc (Psychological Science) (Griffith University)

PhD in Law, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (2016 - )

  • Gonville and Caius Tapp Scholarship
  • Cambridge Australia Scholarships Fulton Scholarship

LL.M (First), Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge (2014 – 2015)

  • Sir William Wade Prize for Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Trinity Hall Bateman Scholarship
  • Executive Member, Cambridge Pro Bono Project
  • Editor, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law

Queensland Bar Association Bar Practice Course (2014)

  • Successfully completed March 2014

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2012)

  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons) / Bachelor of Psychological Science (Griffith University) (2004-2009)

  • Law School Medal (awarded to the first-ranked graduate)
  • University Medal (awarded for academic excellence)
  • Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2005 – 2009)
  • Top Student Award for Research Extension (Honours Thesis) (2009)
  • Top Student Award for Innocence Project II (2009)
  • Top Student Award for Law of Politics (2009)
  • Social Justice Award (2009)
  • Top Student Award for Evidence Law (2008)
  • Top Student Award for the Innocence Project I (2008)

Teaching experience

  • Teaching Associate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (2015 – ongoing). Includes overseeing LL.M workshops in Civil Liberties and Human Rights and running the case law analysis seminars in the Legal Skills and Methodolgy undergraduate course
  • Guest lecturer, Kings College London, Professor Penney Lewis's 'Medical Ethics and Law' seminar (7 November 2017)
  • Tutor: Villiers Park ‘Inspiring Excellence Programme’ in Law (March 2016; March 2017)
  • Sessional Lecturer: Griffith Law School (2013)
  • Tutor: Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University (2008-2009)
  • Tutor: Griffith University, GUMURRII Student Support Unit (2007-2009)

Research experience

  • Headnoter for ‘European Human Rights Reports’: 2016 – ongoing
  • Provision of research assistance to Dr Kristy Hughes (University Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge): 2015 – ongoing
  • Provision of research assistance to Dr Kathleen Liddell (University Senior Lecturer; Director Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences): 2016
  • Provision of research assistance to Dr Stephanie Palmer (Senior University Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge): 2015 – ongoing
  • Provision of research assistance to Professor Dapo Akande (Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford): 2015 – 2016
  • Provision of research assistance to Ms Jo Miles (Fellow and Director of Studies (Trinity College); University Senior Lecturer in Law): 2016
  • Provision of research assistance to Dr Veronika Fikfak (Lecturer and Fellow in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge): 2015, 2017/18, including assistance with the preparation of a research memorandum for use in litigation before the United Kingdom Supreme Court concerning withdrawal of CANH of patients in a PVS
  • Research Assistant to Head of Griffith Law School Griffith University: 2008-2009

Other experience

  • Presenter, Trinity College Law Student Colloquium, 3 February 2018
  • Presenter, Second International Conference on End of Life, Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice, Halifax NS, 15 September 2017
  • Declarations Human Rights Podcast, Centre for Governance & Human Rights (University of Cambrige), 'Is there a right to die?'
  • Presenter, Cambridge Cancer Centre Early Detection Programme Annual Symposium, 16 January 2017
  • Presenter, The Future of Registered Partnerships (a Durham-Cambridge Family Law Conference), 11 & 12 July 2015

Fields of research

  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Medical law
  • Constitutional law 
  • Family law
  • Criminal law



Assisted suicide in England and Wales and the European Convention on Human Rights


The focus of my docroral research is the human rights implications of the blanket ban on assisted dying in England and Wales. My research revisits the existing jurisprudence (both domestic and Strasbourg) concerning the compatibility of the ban on assisted suicide with the European Convention on Human Rights ('ECHR'). The objective of my thesis is to examine the normative, doctrinal and empirical validity of the findings of the domestic and Strasbourg courts that s 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961 does not violate the right to life (article 2), the right to freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment (article 3), or the right to private life (article 8) enshrined the ECHR. 


  • Dr Kirsty Hughes 
  • Dr Stephanie Palmer

Representative Publications