SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Sidonia Lucia Kula

LLB (Utrecht) LLM (SOAS) PhD (SOAS)
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S. Lucia Kula
School of Law

Widening Participation Lead

Centre for Gender Studies


Dr Sidonia Lucia Kula
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Tuesdays 14.00 - 15.00 * Wednesdays 15:00 - 16:00
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Lucia Kula is an International Human Rights Lawyer and Lecturer in Law and Gender. Her research focuses on an interdisciplinary study of international law, forced migration and gendered violence through an auto-ethnographic lens. With a background in EU law and human rights law, her interest in the language and the epistemology of legal scholarship weaves together the lived experiences of those in liminal spaces of belonging such as borders and borderlands. Through an interrogation of feminist legal scholarship, she examines how legal theory understands (il)legality and (im)mobility, and how conflict and violence affects displaced bodies through the multidimensional continuum of cross-border migration.


What Women Want before Justice: Examining Justice Initiatives to Challenge Violence against Women in the DRC, International Journal of Transitional Justice - Oxford University Press (co-author Bilge Sahin), 2018

Book Review: Sexual Violence As A Weapon Of War: Perceptions, Prescriptions, Problems In The Congo And Beyond; S Lucia Kula (2016-02) Fem Rev, Palgrave Macmillan journal


  • Harvard Law School - Institute for Global Law and Policy 2019 IGLP Scholars Workshop (2019)
  • Workshop: Lusophoning Southern African Studies - University of Copenhagen (2018)
  • Workshop: Borders, Frontiers and Migration, in collaboration with Ondjango Feminista in partnership with EU Delegation to Angola, Luanda Angola (2018)
  • Angola Forum 2017: Economic Diversification, Development and Strengthening Democracy Panelist Consented Magazine; Focusing on Borders, Displacement and Mental Health – Chatam House (2017)
  • Workshop: Local, Regional and International Perspectives on Political Settlement and Transition, Onati, Spain (2016)
  • Panelist on We The People’s Film Festival in conjunction with the United Nations Association (UNA) and War Child with a focus on migration and the refugee crisis (2015)


  • MDG-Net
  • UNDP Gender-Net
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Co-Chair, RACE@SOAS
  • Women in Refugee Law (WiRL) Network



  • International Law
  • Francophone and Lusophone Africa
  • Migration and Refugee Law
  • Gender and Armed Conflict
  • Decolonising Scholarships


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  • Africa
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  • Angola
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Republic of the Congo
  • United Kingdom