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Hillary Mellinger PHD.JLCR

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M.A. Political Science, George Mason University

B.A. International Relations & Modern Languages, Beloit College

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Hillary Mellinger is a PhD candidate and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her academic interests include comparative asylum / refugee law and policy, the criminalization of migration, and judicial activism in regard to immigration law.

Hillary's dissertation, titled "Access to Justice at the Asylum Office," analyzes legal representation and interpretation before the Asylum Office. In addition, Hillary is collaborating on a research project that assesses Latino immigrants' perceptions of law enforcement and how this contributes to existing literature on procedural justice and community policing.

Hillary’s previous research compared the U.S. and Australia’s use of offshore detention centers, as well as the influence of Europe’s two supranational courts – the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – on European states’ migration policies.

Prior to entering the doctoral program, Hillary worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative at the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

Research Interests:
- Immigration Law & Policy
- Discretion & Legal Outcomes
- Policing & Immigration
- Courts