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Dr Rebecca Sutton

Teaching Fellow in Human Rights Law

PhD in International Law, London School of Economics
Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
Juris Doctor, University of Toronto
MSc, Violence Conflict and Development, SOAS

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Rebecca Sutton is currently a Teaching Fellow in Human Rights Law at Edinburgh Law School, where she teaches on human rights and conflict resolution subjects at the graduate level. In January 2020, Rebecca will commence a three-year Early Career Fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust, also to be held at Edinburgh Law School. This research project explores the role of emotions in the everyday practice of international humanitarian law (IHL). Rebecca is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has taught courses in criminal law, humanitarianism, and IHL at institutions such as the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Western Ontario, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Before joining Edinburgh Law School, Rebecca was a Postdoctoral Researcher on the ERC-funded Individualization of War (IOW) project; she was based at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Rebecca continues to conduct research on humanitarianism at McGill University, through a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) post-doctoral grant. From 2014-2018 Rebecca carried out doctoral studies at the LSE, with the support of scholarships from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and SSHRC. Rebecca’s doctoral research project examined how international humanitarian actors engage with IHL in their everyday practices. This project drew on original empirical material gathered through fieldwork in South Sudan and at global civil-military trainings. In 2016, Rebecca was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow on Professor Anne Orford’s Civil War, Intervention, and International Law project at Melbourne Law School. 

Rebecca is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Canada and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, as well as an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS. From 2009-2011 she was based in Darfur, Sudan, as Country Director for the humanitarian NGO War Child Canada.  Rebecca’s scholarship has been published in academic journals such as the National Journal of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Quarterly, Citizenship Studies, Refuge, New Political Science and the Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology. She also writes about IHL for the general public, contributing to forums such as International Law Grrrls Blog and The Conversation. Rebecca continues to collaborate with frontline practitioners and policy makers, facilitating legal trainings for NATO soldiers, UN peacekeepers, and humanitarian aid workers. In 2019 she is conducting field research on UN peacekeeping in the Central African Republic and engaging in knowledge exchanges on peacebuilding with civil society organizations in Bangladesh.

Twitter: @RebeccaAnneLaw