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Education CV

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  • PhD in Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2016-2019)
  • LLM (First Class Honours), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2015-2016)
  • Hague Academy of International Law, Public International Law Summer Course (2016)
  • LLB (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2008-2012)
  • BSc in Physics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2008-2012)

Awards and Scholarships

  • Commonwealth Scholarship, 2016-2019
  • Whewell Scholarship for International Law, 2016
  • New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Fellowship, 2016-2017
  • Honorary Bachelor Scholarship, Emmanuel College, 2016
  • Emmanuel College Prize, 2016

Professional Qualifications

  • Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand (admitted 2013)

Academic-Related Experience

  • Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) (2017 - present)
  • Headnoter, International Law Reports (2017 - present)
  • Research Assistant to Dr Sarah Nouwen, "Peacemaking - What's law got to do with it?", Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (2016-2017)
  • Editorial Assistant to Dr Julius Weitzdorfer and Prof Kristian Cedervall Lauta, "Fukushima and the Law" (2017-2018)
  • Managing Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (2016-2017), and General Editor (2015-2016)

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

  • Human Rights Law, undergraduate supervisions (2018-2019 academic year)
  • International Environmental Law, LLM Workshops (2018-2019 academic year)
  • EU Environmental Law, undergraduate supervisions (2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic year)

Administrative / Service Experience

  • Colloquium Convenor, Cambridge Pro Bono Project (2016-2017)
  • Conference Assistant, OUP Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law Workshop, January 2017
  • Conference Assistant, 'Experiments in International Adjudication' Workshop, September 2017
  • Secretary, Cambridge Pro Bono Project (2015-2016)
  • Women's Officer, Trinity College BA Society (2017-2018)
  • Green Officer, Emmanuel College MCR (2015-2016)

Fields of research

Public International Law, International Environmental Law, International Organisations, Law of Global Governance, Climate Change


Voice, Self-Determination and International Organizations: Towards Inclusive Global Governance


Dr Kate Miles and Prof Eyal Benvenisti (supervisors); Dr Sarah MH Nouwen (advisor)


First year: Dr Surabhi Ranganathan and Dr Lorand Bartels

Representative Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Edited Book

Conference Presentations

  • ‘Operationalizing the Paris Agreement’s Implementation and Compliance Mechanism: Will It Promote Universality of Climate Action?’ (European Society of International Law Conference, International Environmental Law Interest Group Event, 13 September 2018)
  • 'Voice and Participation in International Organizations: Rights of Peoples and Minorities’ (Cambridge International Law Journal Conference, 3-4 April 2018)
  • NM Jones, T Ryan and M O'Brien 'Representation of Future Generations in United Kingdom Policy-Making' (UK Student Policy Forum, London, April 2017)
  • NM Jones, T Ryan and M O'Brien 'Rights and Representation of Future Generations: Challenges for Existential Risk Governance' (Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk, December 2016)


Start Date

Oct 2016