SOAS University of London

School of Law

Sara Bertotti

BA, MA (Bologna) [Laurea, Laurea Magistrale]
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School of Law

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Centre for Gender Studies


Sara Bertotti
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Academic Support Hours:
Thursday 11.00 - 12.00
Thesis title:
Law and Peace Agreements: Theory and Practice (working title)
Year of Study:
Year of entry 2016
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Sara Bertotti is the recipient of the e-FileReady Scholarship to complete a PhD on Law and Peace Agreements at SOAS, where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the PG course International Protection of Human Rights.

The objective of Sara’s research is to widen the current understanding of the role of law during the transition from conflict to peace with a particular focus on the crucial node of the making of peace agreements. As part of her research, Sara spent a total of six months in Kathmandu, Nepal, studying the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord.

Sara graduated in 2013 in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, Italy. After her graduation she worked in Ireland in the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Whilst at the Human Rights Unit, Sara provided guidance on human rights and gender issues and was Ireland’s delegate to the UN on three occasions. She also accumulated work experience with Amnesty International Ireland and the Geneva-based human rights NGO, UPR Info.


Bertotti, Sara (2019) Separate or inseparable? How discourse interpreting law and politics as separable categories shaped the formation of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review, The International Journal of Human Rights


Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Conference 2018 ‘The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies’, University of Kent, June 2018

 INTRAlaw Conference ‘Law in transition: Interacting legal orders and changing actors’, Aarhus University, September 2017

INTRAlaw Human Rights Colloquium, ‘Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants’, Aarhus University, September 2016


Sara is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for International Protection of Human Rights

Modules previously taught:

Legal Systems of Asia and Africa
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law


  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law and Peace Agreements
  • Transitional Justice
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • UN human rights mechanisms