Andrea Immanuel

PhD Candidate

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Andrea Marilyn Pragashini Immanuel is a PhD Candidate at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School. Her research project engages with questions pertaining to nationality and statelessness under international law during armed conflict.

Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice at Jindal Global Law School, India where she taught legal drafting, interpretation of statutes and coached moot court teams. She was also affiliated with the Centre for Public Interest Law and the Centre for International Legal Studies. She has researched extensively on statelessness and international law and has published in the Statelessness & Citizenship Review. Andrea worked with UNHCR India as a Refugee Status Determination Assistant and as a Protection Associate between 2016 and 2019. She became qualified to practise law in India in 2015 and has practised before the Madras High Court, India.

Andrea holds a LLM in Public International Law from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and was a recipient of the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. During her LLM, she also worked as a Research Associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group. She completed B.A.B.L. (Honours) from the School of Excellence in Law, the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, India. She has participated and won laurels in moot court competitions as well as written moot propositions throughout law school.

Thesis Title

The Right to Nationality in Armed Conflict

Thesis Summary

The right to nationality is regularly under threat during armed conflict. This doctoral thesis examines the conceptualisation of nationality under different international law frameworks applicable during armed conflict to analyse the extent to which these frameworks secure the right to nationality. This thesis uses a ‘human rights thinking’ approach to nationality to examine how the right to nationality is secured during armed conflict.