Katarina Schwarz

PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham

Katarina is currently reading for a PhD in law at the University of Nottingham, having transferred from Queen's University Belfast in 2017.

Katarina's interests and research span multiple fields, including international law, transitional justice, human rights, international criminal law, humanitarian law, 'post-colonial' and 'post-conflict' studies, and legal history. In particular, she focuses upon the prohibition against slavery in both domestic and international contexts and the right to remedy in international and human rights law, exploring the nature and scope of reparations in public international law and transitional justice in order to consider the claim to redress for 'historical' enslavement.

Funded under the AHRC Antislavery Usable Past award, her project is supervised by Professor David Fraser (School of Law) and Professor Kevin Bales (School of Politics and International Relations) and supported by Professor Jean Allain (Monash University) and Doctor Luke Moffett (QUB).

Katarina completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Otago (New Zealand) - a Bachelor of Laws (First Class) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class) in Theatre and Performing Arts - as well as an 'Honours' qualification in Law with a thesis in international law.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher at QUB Faculty of Law, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2015 
    University of Otago, LLB(Hons) - First Class