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Emily White

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JSD legal theory and human rights
New York University

    Emily Kidd White is a doctoral candidate at the New York University School of Law. Her JSD project, supervised by Professor Jeremy Waldron, draws upon the philosophy of emotion to examine the legal concept of human dignity. Emily specializes in legal theory, constitutional law, and international human rights law. After completing her doctorate, Emily plans to pursue an academic career in law.

    Born in Toronto, Emily studied politics and philosophy at Queen's University, where she graduated with a first-class BA (honours). At Queen's, Emily played varsity rugby, winning the team's leadership award for four consecutive years. It was there that Professor Stephen Leighton introduced Emily to Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics, works on which Emily continues to draw for her research. For three summers, Emily worked as a policy intern at the Ontario Ministry for Public Safety and Security, a position that deepened her commitment to the study of law. At Queen's Law School, Emily served as the equity commissioner, participated in the Wilson Moot, and spent a summer studying public international law in England. Emily graduated from Queen's Law on the Dean's Honour List, receiving the C. Thomas Asplund Memorial Award in Legal Ethics and the Denis Marshall Community Contribution Award.

    Emily spent two exciting years working with the Litigation Group at McMillan LLP before entering the International Legal Studies LLM program at the New York University School of Law. Emily relished the opportunity to be back in school, taking courses in transitional justice, global governance, human rights and humanitarian law, and legal philosophy. In each course, she found herself pressing the same sorts of questions about the persistent gaps in legal theory and practice pertaining to emotions. Upon graduation, Emily was awarded the Jerome Lipper Prize for distinction in the program and was offered a two-year research fellowship under Professor Joseph Weiler at the Jean Monnet Center for Regional and International Economic Law and Justice. During this time, Emily served as the associate editor of the European Journal of International Law and as the teaching assistant for the Institute for International Law and Justice Colloquium.

    Emily's intellectual agenda is to examine the productive and critical potential of emotions such as disgust, humiliation, pity, and empathy, in international human rights and constitutional law.