Emma Buxton

DPhil in Continuing Education


To what extent can the International Human Rights Law regime respond effectively to Indigenous women’s experiences of intimate partner violence? A mixed methods study of intimate partner homicides exploring the complexity of intimate partner violence in Indigenous communities.

Research abstract

My research will assess the sufficiency of existing International Human Rights Law frameworks for addressing Indigenous women's experiences of gender-based violence. This research uses innovative criminological research methods to explore interconnections between personal and structural violence and individual and collective rights.


Associate Professor Nazila Ghanea


I commenced my Dphil in Trinity 2016 as a member of Kellogg college and a Clarendon scholar. Alongside my studies, I work as the Research Analyst on the Domestic Violence Death Review Team in Sydney, Australia, where I design the Team's research. I have also worked as a sessional academic teaching in areas including human rights, philosophy of law and legal ethics. My prior qualifications include class 1 honours degrees in Law and Philosophy from Macquarie University, an Mst degree in International Human Rights Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a Masters of Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of New South Wales. I have been awarded various scholarships and academic prizes during my education.


Buxton-Namisnyk, E. 2014, 'Does an intersectional understanding of international human rights law represent the way forward in the prevention and redress of domestic violence against Indigenous women in Australia?' 18(1) Australian Indigenous Law Review pp. 119-137.

Bugeja, L., Butler, A., Buxton, E., Ehrat, H., Hayes, M., McIntyre, S. and Walsh, C., 2013, 'The Implementation of Domestic Violence Death Reviews in Australia' 17(4) Homicide Studies pp. 353-374.



Research interests

Domestic Violence

Human Rights

Indigenous rights