Scheme Leader for Law
- Scheme Leader for Law
- Lecturer in Law
- Member of the Staff Student Consultative Committee
- Member of the Academic Management Committee
I have four years’ experience of teaching various legal and non-legal topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. My main areas of teaching in law include Human Rights, International Law, European Law and Tort Law. In appreciation of my teaching skills, Aberystwyth University awarded me with the Outstanding Postgraduate Teaching Award in 2014.
Areas of Research Interest
- sexualised war violence
- feminism and gender issues
- Human Rights
- International Politics
- non-violent conflict resolution
- civil society
- graphic representations
- Western Balkans
- Sub-Saharan Africa
My early research focused on psycho-social work with survivors of war rape, using the Western Balkans as a case study. I also researched European conflicts and how they are remembered. In my postgraduate studies, I specialised in non-violent conflict resolution. Throughout my studies I have been interested in the role of civil society in conflict and post-conflict situations.
My main current research analyses the politics behind the international criminalisation of war rape and forced marriage in times of armed conflict under the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It addresses the ongoing challenge of how to define the two crimes in a way that adequately reflects women’s experiences as well as the nature of the crimes. I am also interested in graphic representations, especially of conflicts as well as women, and their potential to educate.
In the future, I would like to continue this research. My research interests include exploring the interpretation and application of the ICC definitions of war rape and forced marriage in the court’s jurisprudence. I am also interested in researching whether the ICC negotiations influenced the Special Court for Sierra Leone, its instruments and jurisprudence regarding forced marriage. Taking my research to a domestic level, I would like to study the impact of the ICC’s definitions of rape and forced marriage on domestic rape and marriage laws.
Research Related Activities
12/2015 - current
Member of the Editorial Team
Aberystwyth University Student Law and Criminology Journal
09/2012 - 09/2015
Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Research Group, Aberystwyth University
My studies constitute a combination of Law with Politics, Conflict Studies, History and Sociology. I completed my BA in Integrated European Studies from the University of Bremen in Germany and specialised in issues of sexualised war violence. I obtained my MA in War and Society from Swansea University in Wales. During my postgraduate studies, I specialised in non-violent conflict resolution. My PhD in Law (Aberystwyth University) is near completion. In my thesis I analyse the politics behind the international criminalisation of war rape and forced marriage in times of armed conflict under the statute of the International Criminal Court. My interdisciplinary background enriches my teaching with different perspectives and contributes an inclusive angle in my research.
While I was studying towards my undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degree, I taught various legal and non-legal subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I was the co-convener of the Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Research Group at Aberystwyth University and a member of the editorial team of the Aberystwyth University Student Law and Criminology Journal. I worked as a research assistant with the ‘Europakoffer’ project of the University of Bremen (Germany) where I researched European conflicts and how they are remembered. During my undergraduate and PhD degree, I held the position of student representative.
My activities outside university that influence my academic work include my involvement with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany where I worked primarily on the programme ‘Cultural Diplomacy in Africa’ and organised events like panel discussions and conferences. As a volunteer with Theatr Fforwm Cymru, I planned and facilitated educational theatre workshops.