Sara Palacios Arapiles





Sara is an ESRC Doctoral Researcher (Socio-Legal Studies) in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham, where she is also member of its Forced Migration Unit. Sara's PhD project examines Refugee Status Determination (RSD) in the context of the Eritrean Military/National Service Programme in Europe. Her research assesses the interface between international refugee law and other branches of international law such as international human rights law and international criminal law and how these distinct areas of law are applied (if at all) by national asylum decision-makers in giving content to the refugee law concept of 'persecution'. During the course of her doctoral research, Sara has carried out fieldwork in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Aside from her doctoral studies, Sara has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, the world's largest group of modern slavery researchers, and co-leads the United Against Inhumanity’s Working Group on Asylum. Previously, Sara worked in the field of human rights, including at UNHCR UK and in non-governmental organisations in the UK, Belgium and Spain. In a consultancy capacity, Sara has trained and undertaken research for asylum lawyers, NGOs, and refugee-led organisations.

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

PhD Title: Refugee Status Determination in the context of the Eritrean Military/National Service: Persecution amounting to Slavery?

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