Mikayla is an MPhil candidate in Public International Law (PIL) at the University of Oxford. She is a scholar at Worcester College and Junior Dean at Mansfield College. Her MPhil thesis explores the requirements of the ‘humane treatment obligation’ in non-international armed conflict detention under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). She is dually supervised by Professors Lavanya Rajamani and Antonios Tzanakopolous from the Law Faculty. She holds law degrees from Bond University, Australia (exchange at Leiden University) (LL.B.), the Australian National University (GDLP) (which qualified her as an Australian lawyer), and the University of Oxford (BCL) (equivalent to LLM).
Before coming to Oxford, Mikayla practiced in law and was a Teaching Fellow in Law at her alma mater. She also worked on IHL cases as a Foreign Law Clerk to (the then) Justice/Vice President Salim Joubran of the Supreme Court of Israel. While at Oxford, she has been a Legal Researcher for the Oxford Pro-Bono Publico on Judicial Independence in Military Courts and on Self-Determination Referendums (advising West Papua). Currently, she is Research Assistant in PIL for Federica D’Alessandra at the Blavatnik School of Government, who is Executive Director of both the Oxford Programme on International Peace & Security, and Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. Mikayla is also Editorial Assistant for the Global Community Yearbook on International Law and Jurisprudence for board members such as the International Court of Justice Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade.