Sara Palacios Arapiles





Sara is an ESRC Doctoral Researcher (Socio-Legal Studies) at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham, where she is also member of its Forced Migration Unit. Sara is also Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE, Madrid), Tutor in the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London, and Convener of the ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law.

Sara's PhD project examines Refugee Status Determination (RSD) in the context of the Eritrean Military/National Service Programme. More specifically, she analyses how the concept of 'slavery' is construed in RSD procedures in selected European jurisdictions. During the course of her doctoral research, Sara has carried out fieldwork research in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, and conducted research stays at the League of Nations and United Nations Archives (Geneva), Lund University (Sweden), the University of Málaga (Spain), and the Brussels-based Think Tank Research Advisors & Experts Europe. Aside from her doctoral studies, Sara has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, the world's largest group of modern slavery researchers. Previously, Sara worked in the field of international refugee protection and human rights, including at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the UK and in non-governmental organisations in the UK, Belgium, and Spain.

Sara read Law at the University of Salamanca in Spain and was subsequently admitted to the Spanish Bar. In addition, Sara holds a LLM in International and European Law from the Institute for European Studies (IES), Free University of Brussels (VUB), and a MA in Social Science Research (Socio-Legal Studies) and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law, both from the University of Nottingham.

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