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Justine Noelle Stefanelli




Thesis title

Due Process and the Criminalisation of Immigration in the UK and the US (working title).


Summary of Research

I am examining the impact that recent trends to criminalise immigration have had on the due process rights of migrants liable to detention and deportation. In so doing, I will obtain a coherent picture of the content and nature of due process rights for migrants in this context, with a view toward further understanding how the patchwork nature of immigration law has resulted in lower standards of due process.


In addition to pursuing her PhD at Queen Mary, Justine is a full-time associate senior research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. Justine holds a BA in Psychology from Duquesne University (US), a Juris Doctor (LLB) from the University of Pittsburgh (US) with a specialisation in international and comparative law where she was awarded an International Fellowship to study European Law in Brussels, as well as the CALI Excellence Award in criminal law. She also completed a dissertation concerning the status of the European Software Patent as of May 2005. Justine also holds an honours certificate in European Law studies from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and an LLM in European Law studies from Queen Mary University of London, specifically focused on the European Internal Market and Justice and Home Affairs. She is qualified as a lawyer in the US, having passed the bar in the state of Pennsylvania in November of 2005.


  • 'Immigration Detention and the Rule of Law', BIICL October 2013 (with Michael Fordham QC and Sophie Eser)
  • 'Expanding Akzo Nobel: In-House Counsel, Government Lawyers, and Independence', International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr. 2013) pp. 485-92.
  • 'Filiere alimentari nell'UE: come assicurare rapporti equilibrati?' (with C Finardi, T Hind, M Rosiers), Agri Regioni Europa, Vol 8, No. 30 (September 2012).
  • M. Horspool and M. Humphreys, European Union Law, 7th ed (OUP 2012) [contributor].
  • 'Parallel Litigation and Cross-Border Collective Actions under the Brussels I Framework: Lessons from Abroad', in D Fairgrieve and E Lein (eds), Extraterritoriality and Collective Redress (OUP: 2012).
  • 'Disaster Strikes: Overcoming barriers to the effective delivery of international disaster assistance within the EU', Journal of International Humanitarian Law' (with Dr Sarah Williams), Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2011) pp. 53-83.
  • 'Who's Rule of Law? An Analysis of the UK's Decision not to Opt-in to the EU Asylum Procedures and Reception Conditions Directives', International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 4 (Oct. 2011) pp. 1055-64.
  • 'The Negative Implications of EU Privilege Law Under Akzo Nobel at Home and Abroad', International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 2 (April 2011) pp. 545-56.
  • 'La prise en considération du droit international humanitaire par l'Union Européenne - une introduction' (with Faria Medjouba) in L. Popescu, J-M. Sorel (eds.), "La protection des personnes vulnérables dans les conflits armés", Bruxelles, Bruylant (Magna Carta Serie), University of Bucharest (2010).
  • 'The Europeanisation of International Law: The Status of International Law in the EU and its Member States' (with Faria Medjouba), J Wouters, A Nollkaemper, E de Wet (Eds.) Common Market Law Review, Vol 46, p 1347 (August 2009).