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From Paper to Practice: A Study on International Law and the UN Peace Operation in Haiti


Catherine Bevilacqua's PhD focuses on the UN peace operation in Haiti to examine the relationship between the law on paper and in practice. The dissertation combines field-based qualitative research in Haiti and New York with international law analysis.

With a mixed background in social science research and international law, Catherine has a long-standing interest in bridging scholarly analysis and practice through interdisciplinary methods. Previous work includes co-directing a research unit in the School of Law at the University of Essex, which provided legal and policy analysis serving UN experts, diplomats and NGOs. Catherine holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Essex, including a semester at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

She is fluent in several languages including German, French and Brazilian Portuguese, and has basic working proficiency in Haitian Creole.

Catherine's PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), with additional support for fieldwork from the AHRC and the Faculty of Law.


Dr. Sarah Nouwen