18 July 2013
Sarah Singer, a PhD student at Queen Mary, has been awarded a Modern Law Review Scholarship for her studies in refugee law and policy.
The Modern Law Review is a charity devoted to the promotion of legal study and it awards funding for doctoral research students by annual competition.
Sarah’s current research focuses on the exclusion of suspected terrorists from refugee status in the UK. She is examining the UK’s interpretation and application of Article 1F, the ‘exclusion clause’ of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
Exclusion from refugee status is the most severe sanction that can be imposed in the international refugee regime, and available data indicates that the use of Article 1F has increased in recent years, both in the UK and globally. This is therefore an important area of research and one which it is hoped will not only contribute to the academic literature in the field but also assist policy makers and courts and tribunals in the UK by providing a unique analysis of how this area of law functions in society.
Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Sarah’s PhD supervisor said: “I am delighted that Sarah was awarded such a prestigious scholarship which clearly evidences the importance of her PhD. It is also a great honour for Queen Mary, since these scholarships were founded this is the third time that a PhD candidate from Queen Mary, School of Law has been a recipient.”