Sarah’s research interests lie at the intersections of law & politics, war & peace and justice & the rule of law. While keen on doctrine and theory, she is also drawn to empirical research, intrigued by how international law plays out in concrete situations. Her book, Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013) explores whether, how and why the complementarity principle in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has had a catalysing effect on the legal systems of Uganda and Sudan. She spent many months in both countries, interviewing officials, observing proceedings and searching documents to discover whether domestic legal reforms have taken place in response to the Court’s involvement. She also served as a Visiting Professional for an ICC judge.
Her current research project "Peacemaking: What's Law Got to Do with It", funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize, an ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant and the Newton Trust, explores the role of international law in peace negotiations.
CV / Biography
Sarah lectures and supervises Public International Law; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at both undergraduate and graduate level.
She has served as a consultant for various NGOs and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Department for International Development (DfID) on rule-of-law building and transitional justice. In 2010-2011, she was seconded to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. She continues to assist international organisations in peace negotiations and national dialogues.
Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, The Hague and Sudan and for an NGO in Senegal.
Sarah holds an LLM (cum laude, Utrecht, with a specialisation in Cape Town), an MPhil in International Relations (Cantab) and a PhD in International Law (Cantab).
Further publications are available via Sarah's SSRN Author Page.
JURIST Guest Column: Protecting the South Sudanese Right to Self-Determination