Jessie graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2004 with a BA majoring in Political Science, a Bachelor of Laws, and a first class honours degree in International Relations. As part of her law degree, she completed an internship with Dr Andrew Ladley, then the Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, looking at the then emerging case of Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui, the rule of law and the national security of New Zealand.
She was employed as a researcher at the IPS, part-time during 2004 while undertaking post graduate study, and full-time in 2005 to 2007. Most of her work has been related to public and international law, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and state building. Since 2007 Jessie has also become a PhD candidate, looking at the "conflicting state" and international efforts to assist post-conflict state transformation.
Most recently Jessie has undertaken a piece of research outlining and discussing relevant labour market and human rights law in relation to current and potenial low skilled migration to New Zealand. It takes a cross-cultural perspective, drawing on the experience of selected overseas countries. This is part of a wider project on the policy options for low skilled migration for New Zealand. Further information is on the project is available here
Selected Recent Publications
Williams, J and Ladley A (2010) “The Collier Challenge: How Can Reliable Transitional Financing Systems Be Created in ‘Barely Functional’ States?” in Goldsmith, B.E & Brauer, J (eds)Economics of War and Peace: Economic, Legal, and Political Perspectives (Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited), pp 147-165.
Williams, J., Tortell, L., and Callister, P.  The Mysterious Case of the Housemaid: Domestic Workers in New Zealand Law, New Zealand Law Review, Part 4: 695-723.
Williams, J and Ladley, A (2009) ‘The Collier challenge: is it feasible to build ‘reliable’ transitional financing systems in ‘barely functional’ states, especially those emerging out of conflict?’ paper given to the Third Australasian Conference on the Economics and Politics of War and Peace, 26-27 June, 2009, at the Darlington Centre, University of Sydney (publication forthcoming)
Callister, P, Badkar, J. and Williams, J. (2009) The future supply of caregivers for the elderly: Should Australia and New Zealand look to the Pacific? Pacific Economic Bulletin, 24(3): 162-172.
Callister, P, Badkar, J. and Williams, J. (2009) Paid Caregivers and domestic workers: Some policy issues in relation to meeting future demand in New Zealand, Policy Quarterly, 5(3): 38-43.
Williams, J. (2009) Low skill temporary migration in New Zealand: Labour market and human rights law as a framework. IPS Working Paper 09/09. Wellington, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
Callister, P; Tortell, L and Williams J (2009) Paid domestic work: A private matter or a public policy issue? IPS Working Paper 09/02. Wellington, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
Ladley, Andrew and Williams, Jessie (2007) Electoral Education in PNG: A survey of existing literature and reports. Wellington, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.