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: Law’s Violence and the Displacing of Dissent in Peace Agreements (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 Guest Lecturer for International Laws on the Use of Force and Gender, Peace and International law as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Foundations of International Law, Contract Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Systems.  

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. In particular, Sara’s research explores what happens once peace agreements (often hybrid legal-political, domestic-international documents) are translated into the domestic legal order. As part of her research, Sara spent a total of six months in Kathmandu, Nepal, studying the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord.

Sara’s work contributes to an emerging field of research shedding light on a previously overlooked aspect of peace-making which has the potential to significantly contribute to improving understandings of how the transition from conflict to peace takes place.

Sara graduated in 2013 in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs 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. 1 & 2. Zed Books, London (Forthcoming).

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.


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 Foundations of International Law, Contract Law and Introduction to Law and Legal Process. She is also a Guest Lecturer for International Laws on the Use of Force and Gender, Peace and International Law.  

Courses previously taught at SOAS:

  • 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


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