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 focuses on critically analysing whether the Eritrean Military/National service could be conceptualised as 'persecution' within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention. It assesses the interface between international refugee law and other branches of international law such as international human rights law and international humanitarian law and how these distinct areas of law are applied, if at all, by national asylum decision-makers in the EU in giving content to the legal concept of 'persecution'. During her PhD studies, Sara has been a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab (the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery), where she conducted research for the 2018 Government Response Report and its former Slavery-Migration Nexus Project. Previously, she worked in the field of human rights, including at UNHCR 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, 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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