Chloë Gilgan


Chloë M Gilgan is completing her PhD in Law at the University of York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights with funding by the Economic and Social Research Council. Chloë graduated cum laude with a juris doctorate of law (JD) from New York Law School and cum laude with a BA degree in Urban Studies and Film from Barnard College, Columbia University. Chloë was awarded the Professor Lung-Chu Chen Award for Excellence in the Field of Human Rights for four public interest fellowship awards during law school. The fellowships enabled her to provide legal assistance to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, the Crown Prosecution Service in London, the Women's Rights Project at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where she was part of the Delic defence team. Chloë's initial foray into refugee and asylum law was through the Special Juvenile Immigrant Status Project where she assisted a practicing immigration attorney in processing and advocating for juveniles who qualified for special status in the United States due to neglect, abandonment or abuse. After admission to the New York State Bar in 2009, Chloë worked at Laura Devine Solicitors, a boutique London law firm handling US and UK immigration. Chloë holds a Level 2 Accreditation in Immigration and Asylum Law from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Chloë's research and expertise lies in US constitutional law and public international law, particularly in the areas of international human rights, international refugee law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.  Her research is interdisciplinary as it often adopts an international relations and foreign policy framework for understanding issues around the practice of global laws and norms.

Her PhD dissertation examines the link between the UK’s commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) norm and the UK's resettlement policies on Syrian refugees fleeing mass atrocities.  Chloë's current PhD research seeks to uncover and understand the gaps between the theory and the practice of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) norm, thus contributing to the on-going debate on how to implement policies designed to prevent and respond to mass atrocities in practice.  

She is supervised by Dr Lars Waldorf (University of York) and Dr Edward Newman (University of Leeds).


Gilgan, C., 'Exploring the Link Between R2P and Refugee Protection: Arriving at Resettlement', 9(4), 366-394 (Oxford University Press, 2017). 

Gilgan, C., A Review of The Responsibility To Protect: A Defense, by Alex J. Bellamy, Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).


University of York: 2015-currently


War, Humanitarianism and Law (York Law School)

  • Delivered lectures and seminars, assisted in developing seminar programmes and assessment questions, undertook marking, provided guidance and feedback to 70+ third year undergraduates, and provided references for students applying to Master's programs and employment.


Asylum, Migration and Trafficking Law (Centre for Applied Human Rights)

  • Delivered seminars and provided guidance and feedback to 30+ Master's degree students.

External Activities

  • European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK. PhD Researcher, 2016-currently.
  • Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Doctoral Affiliate, 2016-currently.
  • Responsibility to Protect Student Journal, University of Leeds and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), Peer Review Editor, 2015-currently.
  • White Rose scholar
  • New York State Bar (retired status)
  • SRA Level 2 Accreditation in Immigration and Asylum Law

Chloe Gilgan