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Biography

Robyn is Research Associate in The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London.  She is working full-time on the Future of Legal Gender, a three-year critical law reform project led by Professor Davina Cooper and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

She studied English Law and German Law at the Universities of Kent and Marburg, and then trained as a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  After six years working as a corporate lawyer in Freshfields' London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices, Robyn studied for an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Hong Kong.  She then held several posts at HKU's Law Faculty, including Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and Deputy Director of the LLM Human Rights programme, before relocating to the UK.  

In 2018, Robyn completed a PhD in Law at the University of Keele on the legal situation of transgender prisoners in the UK, focusing on the tension between human rights and risk discourse in the management of their everyday lives.  Before then, she taught the MA Women's International Human Rights course, as a Senior Teaching Fellow, at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and trained as a magistrate.  She continues to sit regularly as a magistrate on the West and Central Hertfordshire bench. 

Research interests

Robyn's research interests lie in gender, sexuality and the law, with a particular focus on human rights.

Selected publications

  • Emerton, R. (2018) Transgender prisoners: law, prison administration, and the emerging tension between human rights and risk. Doctoral thesis, Keele University (full-text access via Keele University Research Repository)
  • Emerton, R. and Harris, M. (2016), “New Policy on Transgender Prisoners: Progressive but can Prisons keep pace?” Inherently Human.
  • Emerton R., Adams, K., Byrnes, A., and Connors, J. (eds) (2006) International Women’s Rights Cases (Cavendish: London).