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Dr Rebecca Sutton

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow

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 joined Edinburgh Law School in 2019 as a Teaching Fellow in Human Rights Law, convening the LLM course in Human Rights & Conflict Resolution and teaching on international law subjects at the graduate level. Since January 2020, Rebecca has held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at Edinburgh Law School. Her three-year Leverhulme project is entitled ‘Frontline Land: The Everyday Life of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)’. The project explores the emotions and perceptual judgments of actors who are expected to implement legal rules in armed conflicts. The first strand of the project explores the interplay of law and emotions in humanitarian negotiation, and the second strand considers the role of emotions in IHL pedagogy.

Before joining Edinburgh Law School, Rebecca was a Postdoctoral Researcher on the ERC-funded Individualization of War project; she was based at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford. Rebecca also completed a postdoc in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, with the support of a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). As a Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Scholar, Rebecca earned a PhD in International Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2018. Rebecca’s doctoral project examined the civilian identity of humanitarian actors, drawing on field research conducted in South Sudan and at 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. She holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Aboriginal Legal Studies from the University of Toronto, as well as an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Rebecca is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has taught courses in law, humanitarianism, peace and conflict at institutions such as LSE, SOAS, and the University of Western Ontario. Rebecca’s scholarship has been published in academic journals such as African Affairs, Leiden Journal of International Law, National Journal of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Quarterly, Citizenship Studies, Refuge, and New Political Science. She also writes about IHL for the general public, contributing to forums such as International Law Grrrls Blog and The Conversation. Rebecca’s first monograph is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2021.

Outside of academia, Rebecca continues to build on over a decade of professional experience working with humanitarian and human rights organizations globally. From 2009-2011 she was based in Darfur, Sudan, as Country Director for the humanitarian NGO War Child Canada.  Rebecca regularly collaborates with frontline practitioners and policy makers, facilitating legal trainings for NATO soldiers, UN peacekeepers, and humanitarian aid workers. In 2019 and 2020 she conducted field research on UN peacekeeping in the Central African Republic; engaged in knowledge exchanges on peacebuilding with civil society organizations in Bangladesh; interviewed humanitarian negotiators in South East Asia about the role of emotions in their work; carried out ‘participatory action research’ with young people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to study Rohingya experiences of the covid-19 pandemic.

Twitter: @RebeccaAnneLaw

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