Kathryn Allinson

Kathryn Allinson

PhD in International Law. Thesis Title: Causing Forced Migration: An Inquiry on Third State Responsibility

Whilst working full time in International Development for 6 years, I completed my GDL in 2013 at BPP Law School and in the academic year 2015, I finished my LLM in International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with distinction. In September 2016, I re-joined the School of Law at QMUL as a PhD candidate and I was awarded with Queen Mary University of London Research Studentship. Through a legal-doctrinal methodology, drawing on a multi-disciplinary approach (IHL, IRL and IHRL), my research scrutinizes the responsibility of third countries, defined as States which are not the country of origin and are ‘not directly affected or injured by an internationally wrongful act’, that have contributed to a forced migration flow, whether directly or indirectly, through acts or omissions amounting to internationally wrongful conduct. Two key questions are addressed: firstly, is the causing of forced migration flows an international legal wrong? If so, what primary obligations, when breached, cause flows of people? Secondly, can the laws on State responsibility be applied to hold third States accountable for causing such flows when they breach these primary obligations?