Sarah M.H. Nouwen

Sarah M.H. Nouwen

Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge

Areas of expertise

International Criminal Law  /  Public International Law  /  Transitional Justice  /  Rule of Law  /  Law and Politics   /  Peace Negotiations

Dr Sarah Nouwen is a Senior Lecturer in Law and a Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Trained in both international law and international relations, Dr Sarah Nouwen works on the intersections of law and politics, war and peace and justice and the rule of law. Building on her experience in diplomacy and peace negotiations, her research focuses on how international law plays out in concrete situations, combining doctrinal analysis and theory with empirical research and drawing on law, politics, and anthropology.

Her current research programme ‘Peacemaking: What's Law Got to Do with It’ explores the role of international law in peace negotiations and forms the background to the course on transitional justice and peace negotiations she teaches in the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy.

Her book Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan explores whether, how and why the complementarity principle in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has had a catalysing effect on the legal systems of Uganda and Sudan. She spent many months in both countries, interviewing officials, observing proceedings and searching documents to discover whether domestic legal reforms have taken place in response to the Court’s involvement.

Dr Sarah Nouwen was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a Senior Fellow of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a Visiting Scholar at the Free University Amsterdam and a Research Associate of the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University, Kampala.

She has advised on transitional justice, peace negotiations and the rule of law for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, The Hague and Sudan and for the United Kingdom Department for International Development in Darfur. In 2010-2011, she served as Legal Advisor to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, assisting in the negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan on issues of state succession and working on peace negotiations for Darfur.

Taught Courses

6 April 2013, Doha, Qatar: signature of the peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the  the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). Master in transitional justice - Course

Justice and Peace Making

This course addresses transitional justice in the context of peace negotiations in civil wars. Adopting a variety of disciplinary angles, the course explores (putative) international norms on addressing transitional justice in the context of peace negotiations and the different ways in which peace negotiations have dealt with transitional justice issues.

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Publications

Cover page of the Journal of International Criminal Justice

Symposium ‘Pursuing Global Justice through International Criminal Law’

March 2015

Sarah M.H. Nouwen, Wouter G. Werner

Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 13, Issue 1

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Cover page of the Leiden Journal of International Law

As You Set Out for Ithaka’: Practical, Epistemological, Ethical and Existential Questions About Socio-legal Empirical Research in Conflict

March 2014

Sarah M.H. Nouwen

Leiden Journal of International Law, Volume 27, Issue 1

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Cover of the book

Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan

2013

Sarah M.H. Nouwen

The Cambridge Series in Law and Society, Cambridge University Press

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First page of the article

Representational Practices at the International Criminal Court: The Gap between Juridified and Abstract Victimhood

2013

Sarah M.H. Nouwen, Sara Kendall

Law & Contemporary Problems, Volume 76, Numbers 3 & 4

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