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Katarina Schwarz

Rights Lab Associate Director and Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

Dr Katarina Schwarz is an Assistant Professor in Antislavery Law and Policy in the School of Law, and Associate Director of the Rights Lab, at the University of Nottingham. Her research explores the intersections between slavery and the law, from the historical to the contemporary. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham (considering the case for reparations for transatlantic enslavement in international law), as well as LLB and BA degrees from the University of Otago.

In her role leading the Rights Lab's Law and Policy Programme, Schwarz works at the interface of research and policy to deliver evidence-based guidance for contemporary antislavery action. Her Rights Lab research interrogates the law and policy frameworks operating at the global, regional, and domestic level to determine the elements of effective antislavery governance and map trends, successes, and failures.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant professor, University of Nottingham
  • 2019–present
    Associate director, The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
  • 2017–2020
    Postgraduate teaching assistant, University of Nottingham
  • 2018–2019
    Research fellow, University of Nottingham
  • 2017–2018
    Research assistant, University of Nottingham
  • 2017–2018
    Teaching assistant, University of Nottingham
  • 2016–2017
    Teaching assistant, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2015–2015
    Teaching assistant, University of Otago


  • 2019 
    University of Nottingham, PhD (Law)
  • 2015 
    University of Otago, LLB(Hons) - First Class
  • 2014 
    University of Otago, BA


  • 2018
    Reparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Historical Enslavement: Linking past atrocities with contemporary victim populations, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
  • 2018
    Reasserting Agency: Procedural Justice, Victim-Centricity and the Right to Remedy for Survivors of Slavery and Related Exploitation, Journal of Modern Slavery