Marina Sharpe

Study program:
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law
Current affiliation:
McGill University

Marina is questioning the African human rights regime and its role in effectively protecting refugees

Marina Sharpe is an expert in international human rights and refugee law, particularly in the African context. Her particular focus is the regional legal framework for refugee protection in Africa. The vast majority of refugees flee to neighbouring countries; Marina has a unique understanding of the law governing refugees who leave one African state for another.

Marina Sharpe is a Visiting Fellow, and was formerly an Arnold & Blema Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow in International Migration Law and Policy, at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University. She is also Senior Research Fellow at Global Canada. Marina completed her doctorate in law at the University of Oxford. Her thesis, supervised by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, was about refugee protection in Africa. In 2018, it will be published as a book by Oxford University Press. She is called to the bars of England & Wales (Inner Temple) and New York, and spent over two years in private practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and London. Prior to this, she worked as a legal advisor with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University in Kampala, and later returned to Uganda as legal officer of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. Marina regularly undertakes consultancy work for organizations including Amnesty International, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UNHCR. She co-founded Asylum Access and served on its board for almost ten years, and has provided pro bono advice to organizations including the Convention Against Torture Initiative, Freedom Now and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She has taught at the Universities of London, Oxford and Sherbrooke and has guest lectured at universities including Georgetown, the University of Tripoli and Yale. Her scholarly work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, as well as by UNHCR. In addition to her doctorate, Marina holds common and civil law degrees from McGill, an MSc in development studies from the LSE and a BA in economics and international development from McGill.