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Dr Yulia Ioffe
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  • Lecturer in Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Dr. Yulia Ioffe is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) at University College London (UCL). Before joining UCL, Dr. Ioffe was a postdoctoral fellow in children's rights law at Queen Mary University of London and a researcher in international refugee law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. 

Dr. Ioffe also clerked for H.E. Judge James R. Crawford at the International Court of Justice and worked at the UNHCR Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UNHCR Regional Representation for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, and a New York litigation firm. 

She has completed her DPhil (PhD) in Law degree (no corrections) from University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis focused on the rights of asylum seeking children and the role of international organisations in treaty interpretation in this field. She holds an LL.M degree with concentration in international human rights law from Harvard Law School, where she worked at the Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic and served as an Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. She has also completed LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons) degrees from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Institute of International Relations, Ukraine.

Research Summary

Dr. Ioffe's primary research interests are in theory of international law (specifically the law of treaties), non-penalisation and non-criminalisation of refugees and other migrants, children's rights and forced migration, reparations for human rights violations, and sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict.

Her work appeared in the American Journal of International Law, International Journal of Refugee Law, The Lancet, Journal of Genocide Research, International Studies Review, Elgar Encyclopaedia of Human Rights, Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, and Oxford Commentaries on International Law. Dr. Ioffe is part of the Case Law Editorial Team at the International Journal of Refugee Law. 

Her work on non-penalisation of refugees and other migrants for illegal entry or stay was cited positively by the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Professor Siobhan Mullally, in her report to the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council. 

Dr. Ioffe welcomes approaches for supervision of PhD candidates in international law, particularly, children's rights, migration, and research concerning Ukraine and Eastern Europe more broadly.

Teaching Summary

At UCL, she teaches:

- IRDR0034 International Legal Framework for Humanitarian Action

- IRDR0033 International Migration Law 


She previously taught public international law, international and European human rights law, international refugee law, and tort law at University of Oxford and Queen Mary University of London.


In the past ten years, she has advised students in different moot court competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

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