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

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

Keele experience

Emma has found her time at Keele to date highly enjoyable and rewarding.  She has received great encouragement and support, particularly from staff in the International and European Law research cluster with whom she has been most involved, and looks forward to completing her further studies here.