Anna Purkey at the Michigan Grotius Research Scholar Program

Anna Purkey - Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-2016

This spring, Anna Purkey the 2015-2016 Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral Fellow spent six weeks in Ann Arbor as a participant in the Grotius Research Scholar program at the University of Michigan Law School. Welcoming approximately 25 research scholars from around the world in residence each year, the research scholar program allows researchers from all backgrounds and studying in all fields of law to participate in the intellectual and social life of the Law School.

Anna chose to visit University of Michigan after having received an invitation from James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and a leading authority on international refugee law to participate in his Refugee Rights Workshop. Through the workshop, worked on a research project commissioned informally by both the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights Watch, on recent changes in state asylum legislation in Europe. Once completed, this research will be forwarded on to those organizations in order to use in their own policy development.

Anna also presented her research at one of the weekly colloquiums held for doctoral students and research scholars. Finally, she was named to the Editorial Advisory Panel of RefLAW (, an online initiative of the University of Michigan Law School.

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