Emma joined the Law School as a Lecturer in October 2019. She also completed her PhD within the School – which was fully funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council – and she previously graduated with both an LLM in International Law with French (Distinction) and an LLB in Law with Philosophy (First Class Honours) from Keele. Between her LLB and LLM, Emma undertook the LPC at the University of Law in Chester (graduating with Distinction) and began work as a trainee solicitor before ultimately deciding to return to academia.

Research and scholarship

Emma is a generalist public international law scholar (and is happy to supervise PhD students who wish to explore themes within this field). Her current research focuses specifically on questions pertaining to statehood, self-determination, state responsibility, international environmental law and the international law of the sea. She researches the unique challenges presented to the community of Pacific small low-lying islands by climate change.




Introduction to Public International Law

Law of the European Union

Contract Law



Foundations of International Law

Advanced International Law

International Environmental Law

International Refugee Law


Further information

Emma is an external member of the Centre for Small States at Queen Mary University of London and was in 2019 appointed as a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. This is a group of experts (including many of the key scholars who pioneered the study of the international law implications of sea level rise for small low-lying island communities) that is responsible for formulating proposals for the progressive development of international law in relation to the possible loss of all or parts of state territory and maritime zones due to sea level rise.

Research project

Thesis Topic (AHRC Funded Studentship): ‘Climate Change and Disappearing Island States – Deterritorialisation, Sovereignty and Statehood in International Law’

Emma’s PhD project 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. 

Dr Mario Prost
Dr Daria Davitti