Sara is a Doctoral Researcher (Socio-Legal Studies) at the School of Law, University of Nottingham. Sara read Law at the University of Salamanca in Spain and at Queen's University of Belfast (Erasmus Exchange Programme) and was subsequently admitted to the Spanish Bar. She holds a LLM in International and European Law from the Institute for European Studies (IES), Free University of Brussels and a MA in Social Science Research (Socio-Legal Studies) from the University of Nottingham.
Sara is member of the Forced Migration Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, and member of the Executive Committee of the NGO United Against Inhumanity in the UK. During her PhD studies, Sara has worked as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, where she conducted research for the Global Slavery Index and its former Slavery-Migration Nexus Project. In a consultancy capacity, Sara also provides research, capacity building support and training to refugee sector stakeholders.
Sara previously worked in the field of human rights. She worked as a protection consultant at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in UK, where she conducted a Participatory Assessment with newly recongised Eritrean refugees in the UK and in the NGO sector, including at the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Brussels as a legal trainee. Additionally, Sara has been involved in a number of advocacy activities concerning the international protection needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Eritrea, including submissions to Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.
Sara's PhD project focuses on critically analysing whether the Eritrean Military/National service could be conceptualised as 'persecution' (Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention) thus leading… read more
PALACIOS ARAPILES, S., MADZIVA, R. and THONDHLANA, J., 2018. 'Placing the Refugee Camp at the Centre of Trafficking and Modern Slavery Discourses: The Case Study of Tongogara Refugee Camp in Zimbabwe' In: International Conference 'Migration and SDGs: ASEAN and Beyond', Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand).
THONDHLANA, J., MADZIVA, R. and PALACIOS ARAPILES, S., 2018. 'Gender and the Complexities of Mobility: The Case of Zimbabwean Women Survivors Rescued from Kuwait' In: International Conference 'Migration and SDGs: ASEAN and Beyond', Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand).
Sara's PhD project focuses on critically analysing whether the Eritrean Military/National service could be conceptualised as 'persecution' (Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention) thus leading to the granting of refugee status in EU asylum determination proceedings. It aims to assess the interface between international refugee law and other branches of international law such as international human rights law and international humanitarian law and how these distinct areas of law are applied, if at all, by asylum decision-makers in the EU in giving content to the legal concept of 'persecution'. Sara's research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and supervised by Dr Daria Davitti and Professor Annamaria La Chimia.