Miss Alice Mcdonald
Alice McDonald is a current MJur student at Durham Law School, having graduated from Durham with an LLB (Upper Second Class Honours) in July 2010. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre.
Under the supervision of Professor Ian Leigh and Professor Gavin Phillipson, Alice's current research focuses on the oversight and accountability of the UK Intelligence and Security Services, with particular relation to recent allegations of their complicity in extraordinary rendition.
Alice will look broadly at the current oversight structure in the UK, especially including the role of the Intelligence & Security Committee (ISC), in order to judge whether the institutional framework is fit for purpose against the background of alleged malpractice by agency officials. Alice will consider the role of the UK courts as a means of incidental review of the agencies, and will look at the effect of transnational intelligence cooperation on the ability of oversight bodies to work effectively. She will also use the responses of other jurisdictions to similar allegations, and subsequent reforms introduced overseas, in order to provide a template for possible reforms to the UK model.
- Administrative and Regulatory Law
- Domestic and Comparative Law
- Human Rights Law
- Public Law