SOAS University of London

School of Law

Sara Bertotti

BA, MA (Bologna) [Laurea, Laurea Magistrale]
  • Teaching
  • Research


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School of Law

Teaching Fellow

Centre for Gender Studies


Sara Bertotti
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Academic Support Hours:
Fridays 16:00 - 17:00 and by appt for 15PFFH008
Thesis title:
Between Law and Peace: a Critical Study of the Relationship between Peace Agreements, Law and Socio-political Change
Year of Study:
Year of entry 2016
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Sara Bertotti is a Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the SOAS School of Law where her research focuses on law, peace agreements and emancipatory socio-political change.

The objective of Sara’s research is to widen the current understanding of the role of law during the transition from conflict to peace and her work examines international and constitutional law through a range of critical methodologies (including gender, deconstructive and postcolonial perspectives).

Sara is the recipient of an e-FileReady Scholarship and, as part of her research, spent a total of six months in Kathmandu, Nepal, studying the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Sara holds a BA and an MA from the University of Bologna, Italy. After graduating 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 S., ‘International Law’, in Shepherd L.J. and Hamilton C. (ed.), Gender Matters in Global Politics, 3rd ed, Routledge, (Forthcoming).

Bertotti S., Heathcote G., Jones E., Labenski S., The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis, Vol. 2. Zed Books, London (Forthcoming).

Bertotti S., Heathcote G., Jones E., Labenski S., The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis, Vol. 1. Zed Books, London, 2021.

Bertotti S., Book Review. Ratna Kapur, ‘Gender, Alterity, Human Rights: Freedom in a Fishbowl’, Feminist Review 124 (1) 2020.

Bertotti S., ‘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 23 (7) 2019.


Law and Society Association (LSA) 2020 Annual Meeting ‘Rule and Resistance’ LSA, Denver, USA, via Zoom, May 2020

Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya, Social Science Baha, Shanker Hotel, Kathmandu, July 2019

Britain-Nepal Academic Council ‘17th Study Days - Nepal Conference’, University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, April 2019

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 Teaching Fellow for Contract Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Process.

Courses previously taught at SOAS:

  • Gender, Peace and International Law (Guest Lecturer)
  • International Laws on the Use of Force (Guest Lecturer)
  • Foundations of International Law
  • Gender and Conflict Summer School (Guest Lecturer)
  • International Law Summer School
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Legal Systems of Asia and Africa
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law


  • Law and peace agreements
  • Feminist approaches to international law
  • Critical legal approaches
  • International human rights law
  • Transitional justice
  • Women, peace and security
  • International humanitarian law
  • UN human rights mechanisms