I tailor my teaching approach to each student and discuss it before we commence classes.
In the past, I have mainly given one on one tuition to high school students and graduate students and devise a custom syllabus for each of them
I am an academic of law and legal theory, with a broad background in the humanities from History to Politics to Literature. I have been tutoring for over 5 years, and have taught high school students, undergraduates and graduate level students.
Heather Allansdottir: Curriculum Vitae
(Please note, my previous professional name was Heather McRobie)
Relevant professional experience
Faculty member, Bifrost University (July 2019 to present) Since summer 2019, I have been a faculty member of the Faculty of the Law and Social Sciences department of Bifrost University in Iceland. I lecture on human rights law, philosophy of law, social science research methodology, legal language and comparative constitutional law – in short, I teach across law and the social sciences. As a faculty member, I have been involved in developing the re-launch of the faculty’s academic journal, and producing my own research (namely my forthcoming academic publications in comparative constitutional law). From January 2021, my contract changed to adjunct status due to my return to the United Kingdom and forthcoming visiting fellowships; I will continue to teach courses for law students such as maritime law.
Editor, Free Speech Debate (October 2016 to May 2017, part-time). Part-time role editing and commissioning for the Free Speech Debate website on topics related to censorship, freedom of expression and media pluralism, liaising with Professor Timothy Garton Ash to plan the future content of the website and potential collaborations with other publications.
Editor, openDemocracy 5050 (January 2011 -December 2015) My work involved commissioning, editing and fact-checking articles on gender, human rights, and social justice. It also involved writing my own articles on gender issues, liaising with the other editorial sections of openDemocracy, contributing to editorial meetings, and representing openDemocracy at conferences. It also involved both uploading and editing articles online and other web maintenance work, and managing openDemocracy 5050’s social media account.
Editor, Oxford Human Rights Hub (January 2015-May 2015) My work at the Oxford Human Rights Hub involved commissioning leading researchers, experts and lawyers working on human rights issues and with international human rights law, and editing their writing on leading contemporary human rights issues.
Journalist (from 2008) For the last ten years I have worked as freelance journalist, writing for openDemocracy, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Foreign Policy, the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. The focus of my journalism has been human rights issues, Middle Eastern politics, Balkan politics, and gender issues. I also produced a series of research papers on transitional justice since the 2011 Arab revolutions, and constitution writing since the 2011 Arab revolutions, for the Norwegian research institute Chr. Michelsen Institute.
Research Assistant for Professor Noreena Hertz, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (part-time, from July 2008-2011) Professor Hertz commissioned me to produce research papers and literature reviews to facilitate research for the MA courses she was teaching.
Masters placement scheme, Kriterion Cinema Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (June – July 2010) As part of my Masters, I completed a seven week placement in a collectively run cinema engaged in youth activism and promoting human rights films.
Communications Assistant, intern for Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres, Transparency International, Berlin, Germany (February – July 2009) My main responsibility involved interviewing lawyers and citizens involved in anti-corruption work in South East Europe and Russia, and turning these interviews into stories and profiles to be used in advocacy for Transparency International, including the 2009 Global Corruption Barometer.
International Relations Co-ordinator, Amman Center for Human Rights Studies, Amman, Jordan (October 2008-February 2009) At ACHRS, my role entailed research, communication, and administrative tasks. I was responsible for maintaining the Amman Center's contacts and activities with other human rights NGOs, maintaining financial accounts, and organising and attending regional and multinational conferences on human rights throughout the MENA region.
Intern, New Statesman magazine, London, UK (May-July 2008) My role as an editorial assistant intern at the New Statesman's Arts and Books section involved commissioning articles, fact-checking and editing, contacting potential contributors, arranging conferences and meetings, and writing book reviews and a regular arts blog.
Intern, Amnesty International, Stop Violence Against Women department, London, UK (June-August 2004) My role on the Stop Violence Against Women campaign included liaising with other women's rights NGOs and helping organise conferences.
Education and Qualifications
Forthcoming 2021: Visiting Fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and the Institute of Aviation, Space Policy and Law at the Beijing Institute of Technology (spring to summer 2021)
Juris Doctor Student, USQ, Queensland (July 2018) I began studying for an Australian Juris Doctor part-time and online in 2018 in order to become a qualified lawyer in Australia. My main interest in the Australian context is native title, human rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and environmental rights and mining.
Visiting researcher and post-doctoral fellow, Tel Aviv University (September 2016 to July 2017). Stipendiary fellowship at the Buchmann Faculty of Law to research on the post-revolutionary constitutions of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, and whether the demands of the 2011 revolutionaries were reflected in the post-revolutionary constitutions.
Lecturer in human rights, Higher School of Economics, Moscow (September 2015-January 2016). I completed a term of lecturing at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, teaching students on their Masters programme in Public Policy the foundations of human rights law, particularly freedom of expression. I also conducted seminars and tutorials.
DPhil (PhD) Candidate, Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2011-2015) I began my DPhil (PhD) in October 2011, focusing on constitutions, human rights and transitional justice in Egypt since the 2011 revolution. As part of my DPhil, I attended advanced seminars on socio-legal methodology, transitional justice, international law including human rights, and the politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. I passed my doctoral viva in 2016.
Participant, Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, Tufts University (2012) The focus of the programme the year I attended the Tufts summer programme was protest movements in the 2011 Arab revolutions, and also covered general themes of civil society, human rights, and post-authoritarian transitions.
Summer research fellowship, Summer University Srebrenica (2011), I attended this two-month intensive programme for post-graduate researchers to conduct research projects on topics related to genocide, transitional justice, post-conflict studies, conflict resolution, and international human rights.
Distinction, MA in Human Rights and Democracy, University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo (2009-2010) My Masters programme was an interdisciplinary course on human rights and democracy, and included lecture courses on international human rights mechanisms, European and international institutions, transitional justice, theories of nationalism, genocide, and humanitarian organisations. I wrote a book based on my research in Sarajevo, published in 2013.
Visiting student, Islamic Studies: McGill University, Montreal (2007-2008) After finishing my undergraduate studies, I was awarded a Canadian Rhodes Foundation Scholarship to take a year of studies at a Canadian university. At McGill, I audited courses including Intensive Arabic classes, French classes, Women in the Middle East, and Islam in Europe and North Africa.
Distinction, BA in Modern History and Politics: University of Oxford (2003-2007) I took Finals papers in the following courses: World History 1815-1914, South Asian Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Comparative Government, Political Philosophy. Completed my final thesis on Holocaust historiography and genocide historiography.
Hills Road VI Form College, Cambridge, UK (2001-2003) A-Levels: AAAA (English, Politics, Philosophy, History); Advanced Extension Awards: History (Distinction) and English (Distinction).
Languages English is my mother tongue; French (intermediate); Arabic (intermediate); Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (lower intermediate); Hebrew (lower intermediate); Russian and Ukrainian (beginner).
Denis Galligan (Professor Emeritus of the Oxford Law Faculty, my former doctoral supervisor): c/o Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX26UD. Email: (concealed information)
Daniel Butt (former tutor, Associate Professor in Political Theory, Oxford University), c/o Balliol College, Broad Street, Oxford, OX2 2LD. Email: (concealed information)
Magnus Arni Skjold Magnusson (Dean of Bifrost Law and Social Sciences Department). c/o Bifrost University, Borganes, 311 Iceland
Sanjaykumar Rajhans (former colleague, Senior Lecturer, supervisor at Moscow School of Economics): c/o Leninskie Gory 1-61, Moscow, Russian Federation, 119991. Email: (concealed information) or (concealed information)
References from other previous employers available on request
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