Emma Nyhan is a research fellow on the ARC-funded project ‘The Potential and Limits of International Adjudication: The International Court of Justice and Australia’ led by Professor Hilary Charlesworth and Associate Professor Margaret Young. Emma assists with research on legal issues in topic areas such as the role of international adjudication, the background to Australian litigation before the ICJ, and the impact of the cases in which Australia has been involved. She also assists with the administration of the project.
Emma recently received a PhD from the European University Institute, Italy. Her doctoral dissertation, ‘Indigeneity, Law and Terrain: The Bedouin Citizens of Israel’, explored the ways in which the international concept of indigenous peoples came to be applied to the Bedouin in Israel. Her research pursues a socio-legal agenda and employs legal, historical and anthropological methodologies. Her doctoral studies were supported by awards from the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Council for British Research in the Levant.
Emma qualified as a barrister at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Ireland. She holds a Master of Laws in comparative, European and international laws from the European University Institute, Italy, and a Master of Laws in pension law from the Universität Konstanz, Germany. Emma received a Bachelor of Laws and German from University College Cork, Ireland. She has been a visiting scholar at New York University, USA, The College of Management Academic Studies, Israel and Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain. Emma spent a number of years engaged in law centres in Ireland, Belgium, Israel, and the United States.