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Natasha Yacoub and Veronica Fynn Bruey

A warm welcome to two new Visiting Fellows for this Trinity Term:

Natasha Yacoub (Visiting Research Fellow) is an international refugee law practitioner and scholar. She started her career as a refugee lawyer working for the Founding Director of RSC, Professor Harrell-Bond. From 2001, she worked for UNHCR in refugee protection positions in Egypt, Sudan, Ireland, UNHQ New York, Myanmar, Australia and the Pacific Island States (including Nauru and Papua New Guinea). From 2012 to 2014, she served as a decision-maker on the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal in Australia. She presently teaches at the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London, where she convenes a Working Group on Feminist Theory and Refugee Law. She is finalising her doctoral studies at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales. Her thesis is titled: ‘Gendering the International Law Criteria for Return of Refugees: the case of Sudan. She publishes on a range of international refugee law issues, from "offshore processing" in Australia to the history of refugee protection in Southeast Asia.

Veronica Fynn Bruey (AfOx Fellow 2023) has over 25 years of research and teaching experience in some 30 countries. Dr Fynn Bruey holds six degrees: PhD (ANU), LLB (Hons) (London), LLM (Osgoode), MPH (Nottingham), BA (UBC), and BSc (Hons) (Ghana). She has authored five books, several book chapters, and journal articles. Her research is focused on Transnational Indigeneity, Patriarchy and Displacement (t-IDP). Currently, she is an Africa-Oxford Fellow, (2023-24); an assistant professor of legal studies at Athabasca University; part-time lecturer at the University of Alberta; Director of Flowers University Global Health Science; faculty affiliate at Seattle University School of Law; and research affiliate at University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative. She’s held academic positions at the University of Washington, University of Cape Coast, University of London, the Australian National University, Georgetown University, University of Witwatersrand, York University, and the University of British Columbia. Dr Fynn Bruey is the president of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration; founder/editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement; co-lead of Displaced Peoples Network; lead of the Disrupting Patriarchy and Masculinity in Africa, the co- Chair of the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and the founder of the Voice of West African Refugees at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. Dr Fynn Bruey is a recipient of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Association’s Distinguished Academic Early Career Award (2023); an Action Canada Fellow (2022-23); and the Australian National University International Alumna of the Year, 2021. She supervises and mentors some 40 students around the globe. Dr Fynn Bruey is an Indigenous Liberian war survivor and a global migrant.