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Dr Sarah Mcgibbon

Lecturer in International Peace and Security

Lecturer in International Peace and Security in the Durham Law School


Lecturer in International Peace and Security

Sarah is a Lecturer in International Peace and Security at Durham Law School and the Acting Deputy Director of the Durham Global Security Institute. She joined the Law School in January 2018, relocating from the Netherlands where she was teaching and completed her PhD research. Originally from South Africa, in a previous life Sarah was a practising attorney in the field of administrative, constitutional and human rights law.

Sarah obtained her LLB (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and later her LLM (specialising in International Law) at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she was a Mandela Magdalene Scholar. She conducted her PhD research under the supervison of Professor Jure Vidmar and Dr Wim Muller at Maastricht University, Netherlands.That research focused on the international legal capacity and responsibility of non-state effective territorial entities.

Sarah convenes several courses in international law and peace and security at Durham, for both the Law School and the School of Governance and International Affairs. 

Sarah remains a visiting scholar at Maastricht University's Faculty of Law. She is also currently a member of the Dutch Research Council-funded project, Development Rights of Children Living in Unrecognised States.


Research interests

  • Critical Approaches to International Law
  • Public International Law
  • Non-State Actors in International Law
  • Statehood
  • Use of Force
  • International Peace & Security
  • International Human Rights Law
  • State Responsibility