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Sarah Nouwen

Professor of Public International Law (as of September 2020)

nouwen by inglehaertSarah Nouwen will take up a Chair in Public International Law at the European University Institute as of September 2020. She will be on leave from the University of Cambridge, where she is a Reader in Public International Law, a Fellow of Pembroke College and Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Nouwen is also an Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law. Nouwen received a 2-in-1 LLB and LLM from Utrecht University, doing part of her degree at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town. She then obtained an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge, where she subsequently became a Junior Research Fellow. Prior to assuming her lectureship at Cambridge in 2012, Nouwen worked in international diplomacy: at the Dutch mission to the United Nations, at the Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum, and as a Senior Legal Advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel in Sudan. She also served as a consultant for the UK Department of International Development in Darfur and worked with an NGO in Senegal on microfinance. (Profile photo credit: Inglehaert, Hay Festival)

Supervision Interests

"I am interested in supervising in any of the areas of my own research interests, listed above, and beyond. I plan to be working on a book on international law and peace negotiations, so synergies in PhD supervision might be mutually inspiring" 



Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • Politics of International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Peace negotiations / peacekeeping / peacebuilding / peacemaking
  • Third World Approaches to International Law
  • International Law – International Relations
  • International Law – Constitutional Law
  • Anthropological Approaches to International Law
  • Qualitative Empirical Research in International Law
  • Critical Approaches to International Law
  • History of International Law

Contact Details

Administrative Assistant: Claudia de Concini

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati)

Working Languages: English, Dutch, French (passive), German (passive)

Page last updated on 21 February 2020