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Sahar's research focuses on the critical analysis of international legal justice institutions and systems using a background in political philosophy and law. Before commencing her PhD, Sahar completed her Master of Laws at City Law School where her dissertation examined the proceedings addressing the Rohingya Genocide at the International Court of Justice and at the International Criminal Court. Her academic background is in political theory, philosophy, and ethics and supplemented by her Masters at King's College London in Global Ethics as well as a foundation in English Law. In addition to her academic work, Sahar has worked as a legal researcher and translator for various human rights advocacy organisations.
Provisional Doctoral Thesis title - "Old Court, New Crimes: the International Court of Justice and the Adjudication of Mass Atrocity Crimes" is supervised by Dr Mauro Barelli (City) and Dr Andrew Wolman (City). The thesis will examine the recent emergence of the International Court of Justice as an adjudicator of mass atrocity crimes from the current The Gambia v Myanmar ICJ case to the forthcoming Crimes Against Humanity Convention and the forthcoming proceedings of The Netherlands v Syria citing the Convention against Torture and the impact of these phenomena on the aims of international justice and on international legal institutions themselves.
Research Interests: human rights institutions, international legal institutions, Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, genocide, war crimes, crimes against women, minority rights, civilian rights in conflict, comparative constitutional law, US Civil Rights Law, critical legal theory, international justice theory, ethics.
- PhD of Law, City, University London, United Kingdom, Jan 2021
- Master of Laws (L.L.M.), City, University London, United Kingdom, Sep 2019 – Sep 2020
- Graduate Diploma of Law (G.D.L), BPP University, United Kingdom, Jan – Dec 2018
- Master of Arts (M.A.), King's College London, United Kingdom, Sep 2016 – Sep 2017
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of Houston, United States, Aug 2012 – Aug 2016
- Studen Research Assistant, City, University London, Dec 2019 – Feb 2020
Memberships of professional organisations
- Junior Member, Association of Young International Criminal Lawyers, Jan 2021 – present
- Student Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Sep 2019 – present
- Second Violinist, London Lawyer's Symphony Orchestra, May 2019 – present
- Student Member, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Sep 2018 – present
- City Law School (2020) City Law School Award for Excellence in International Criminal Law: The Practitioner's Perspective
Arabic (can read and understand spoken), English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review), French (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Persian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).
Title of thesis: Old Court, New Crimes: The International Court of Justice and the Adjudication of Mass Atrocity Crimes
Summary of research
Examination of recent phenomena (e.g. The Gambia v Myanmar, the forthcoming Crimes Against Humanity Convention, forthcoming proceedings The Netherlands v Syria) indicating the emergence of the International Court of Justice as an adjudicator of mass atrocity crimes and its impact on the aims of international justice as well as on other international legal justice mechanisms.
- Dr Mauro Barelli, Reader
- Dr Andrew Wolman, Lecturer in Law
- Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developing Rights in a Developing World. (Conference) Birmingham, United Kingdom (2018). Panel Member. Invited speaker.
Paper: Can International Humanitarian Law bear the burden of a modern intrastate conflict?
Author: Sadoughi, S.
- 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. (Conference) Barcelona, Spain (2015). Invited speaker.
Paper: Limitations of International Refugee Law
Author: Gadkar-Wilcox, S.
Co-authors: Sadoughi, S.
- Oxford Fellowship in Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. (Conference) Oxford, United Kingdom (2015).
- Student Translator, BPP University Pro-Bono Translation Service (Aug – Dec 2018).
- Translator, Oslo Freedom Forum (Feb – Jul 2018).
- Legal Researcher, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (Jun – Nov 2015).
- Co-Chief Fellow, Phronesis Program in Politics and Ethics at the Honors College at the University of Houston (Aug 2013 – Aug 2016).