Module Convenors and Associate Tutors

Each module of the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies is developed and run by specialists in the field. Module Convenors and Associate Tutors provide academic advice and support to their tutor groups by leading online discussions, providing feedback on online activities (‘E-tivities’) and the final assessment and advising on reading materials and other resources related to each module on the programme.

The Module Convenors and Associate Tutors for the programme are:

Dr Caroline Abu-Sada
Dr Caroline Abu-Sada
Module co-convenor: RPM280 Displacement, healthcare and humanitarian action

Dr Caroline Abu-Sada holds a Doctorate of Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po, Paris. She has worked on food security and health issues and has coordinated programmes in the field, notably in the Middle East, for Oxfam GB, the United Nations and MSF Switzerland. She is currently the Director of the MSF-Switzerland Research Unit and is the author of "ONG palestiniennes et construction étatique, l’expérience de Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) dans les Territoires occupés palestiniens, 1983-2005", IFPO, 2007; "In the Eyes of Others. How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid", "Le développement, une affaire d'ONG? Associations, Etats et Bailleurs dans le monde arabe”, “Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action”, Mc Gill-Queen's University Press, 2012. She has also written numerous papers, reports and chapters on humanitarian action, NGOs, forced displacements and the Middle East.

Dr Céline Bauloz
Dr Céline Bauloz
Module co-convenor: RPM220 Asylum Law in Europe: Towards regional harmonisation of international protection

Dr Céline Bauloz is Senior Fellow at the Global Migration Centre (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and Managing Editor of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford University Press). She also currently works as legal expert for the European Asylum Support Office and the European Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ-Europe) on different training modules/materials for protection officers and members of courts and tribunals of EU Member States. Céline was previously Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA), Senior Researcher at the Global Migration Centre, Postdoc Researcher at the National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus (NCCR – On the Move) and Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She has published several books and articles on asylum in international and EU law, including the Research handbook on international law and migration (with V. Chetail, 2014) and Seeking asylum in the European Union: selected protection issues raised by the second phase of the Common European Asylum System (with M. Ineli-Ciger, S. Singer and V. Stoyanova, 2015).

Jean-François Durieux
Jean-François Durieux
Module convenor: Securing refugee protection in practice

Jean-François has many years’ experience in refugee protection and has published widely in the field of international and regional refugee law. After training as a barrister in Belgium, he served with UNHCR for over 30 years, working in Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America as well as at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, notably in the Division of International Protection and in the Regional Bureau for Europe. He taught international human rights and refugee law at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford in 2007–09 and 2011–12, and is still affiliated with that Centre as Senior Adviser to the Humanitarian Innovation Project. He is also currently Director of the Refugee Law and Forced Migration programme of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.

Dr Katy Long
Dr Katy Long
Module convenor: RPM020 An introduction to forced migration studies (core module)

Katy Long is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. She has previously held positions at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford and the London School of Economics. She has also worked extensively with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Policy Development and Evaluation Unit. Katy’s PhD (Cambridge, 2009) was published by Oxford University Press as The point of no return in 2013. More recently, she co-edited The Oxford handbook of refugee and forced migration studies (OUP, 2014), which is the core textbook for the programme, and The huddled masses: immigration and inequality (Thistle/Amazon, 2014).

Dr Tamás Molnár
Dr Tamás Molnár
Module convenor: RPM260 Statelessness, nationality and the protection of stateless persons

Dr Tamás Molnár graduated at the Eötvös Lorand University of Budapest (ELTE), Faculty of Law in 2003 and the Université libre de Bruxelles, Institut d’Etudes Européennes in 2006 (LLM in EU law); then obtained his PhD in public international law in 2013 at ELTE.

He is an adjunct professor in the Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of International Studies (currently on leave) and has published widely in the fields of international law, EU law and statelessness law. He has also undertaken ad hoc consultancy for UNHCR on statelessness issues since 2010. Since September 2016, he has been working for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (Vienna) as a legal research officer on asylum, migration and borders. Previously, among others, he was head of the Migration Unit, Department of EU Cooperation, Ministry of Interior of Hungary (2010–14), and was charged with the drafting of the Hungarian statelessness determination procedure in 2006–07.

He is an associate member of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), and a member of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the coordinating committee of the ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, the International Law Association (ILA) – Hungarian Branch, the Société française pour le droit international (SFDI), the Fédération internationale de droit européen (FIDE) and the European Law Institute (ELI).

Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Module convenor: RPM250 Internal Displacement in Law and Policy: War and beyond

Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield where she teaches international law, human rights law, and the law of forced migration. Bríd completed her doctorate in 2014 at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Her research focused on the relationship between the protection of Internally Displaced Persons and International Refugee Law and was supervised by Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill. Bríd also holds an LLM cum laude in Public International Law from Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands, and a BCL (International) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously, she worked as a legal researcher in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr Naohiko Omata
Dr Naohiko Omata
Module convenor: Researching Refugees, research methods component of the Dissertation (core module)

Dr Naohiko Omata is Senior Research Officer of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He received his PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. He also holds a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo, an MA in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Aid from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. From September 2009 to January 2012, Naohiko was Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies at SOAS. Previously, he worked as a practitioner and consultant for UNDP, UNHCR and international and local NGOs in sub- Saharan African countries. He has published widely on refugee livelihoods, repatriation, and rights based on extensive research in East and West Africa.

Dr Oroub El-Abed
Dr Oroub El-Abed
Module tutor

Dr Oroub El-Abed is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for British Research in the Levant, supported by a British Academy grant. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. She has consulted for several UN agencies and international NGOs, and written about political economy of development and forced migration, particularly in relation to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. She is the author of Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948 (Washington, DC and Ottawa: Institute for Palestine Studies and the International Development Research Centre, 2009).

Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi
Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi
Module co-convenor: RPM220 Asylum law in Europe: Towards regional harmonisation of international protection

Lilian is a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI). She will defend her doctoral thesis at the Law Faculty and the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in the autumn of 2016. Her current research focuses on the administrative governance  of the EU asylum  policy and EU funding in selected policy areas. She regularly undertakes consultancy work for EU institutions and international and non-governmental organisations. She was most recently employed as researcher in the framework of EU-funded projects at the ULB and at the UCL, and as advisor for a Member of the European Parliament. Lilian has authored a number of articles and book contributions in the field of refugee and asylum law. Her recent publications include: P. De Bruycker and E. Tsourdi (eds), Special Issue: The Challenge of Detention to Refugee Protection (2016) 35(1) Refugee Survey Quarterly; E. Tsourdi (with M. Peek) ‘Asylum Reception Conditions Directive 2013/33/EU’ in K. Hailbronner & D. Thym (eds), Commentary on EU Immigration and Asylum Law (Beck/Hart Publishing 2016) 1381; E. Tsourdi (with J.P. Gaucci & M. Giuffré) (eds) Exploring the boundaries of refugee law: current protection challenges (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015).

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler
Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler
Module convenor RPM240 Advanced international refugee law

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, where he is Director of the LLM Programmes in Human Rights, International Law, and Advanced Legal Studies. He is Editor-in-Chief, Working Paper Series, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London; Academic Fellow, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Convenor, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section, Society of Legal Scholars; and Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and the Civil Liberties & Human Rights Section Convenor of the Society of Legal Scholars. Ruvi is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, analysing the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Institute’s Democratic Principles project. Ruvi’s areas of research interest include citizenship and electoral rights, international refugee law, comparative constitutional law and international humanitarian law. He has recently published Voting rights of refugees (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Previously, Ruvi was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program; a Tutor in Public International Law at the University of Oxford; and a legal advising officer at the Israel Defence Forces’ Legal Counsellor’s Office (mandatory military service). Ruvi holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; an LLM (with specialisation in public law) from Hebrew University; and an LLB, BA (Economics) from the University of Haifa. He was called to the Israeli bar in 2003.