Emma graduated from Keele with a First Class Honours LLB with Philosophy in 2011.  She then undertook the LPC at the University of Law in Chester (graduating with Distinction in 2012) and began work as a trainee solicitor before deciding, in 2013, to return to Keele to complete an LLM in International Law with French (graduating with Distinction in 2015) and now a PhD.

Research and scholarship

Emma’s PhD project is provisionally titled ‘Climate Change and Disappearing Island States – Deterritorialisation, Sovereignty and Statehood in International Law’.  It is funded by the AHRC and considers the international law implications of climate change for a number of small low-lying island states located in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, specifically the recalibration of maritime entitlements and the potential loss of statehood.  Her supervisors are Dr Mario Prost and Dr Daria Davitti.

Emma’s main research interests lie in the areas of general public international law (particularly statehood), the international law of the sea and international environmental law.