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Sabine Michalowski

Professor of Law, University of Essex

Sabine Michalowski joined the University of Essex in 2000. She holds a German law degree, a Diploma in Comparative Law from the University Paris II and a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

She is a member of the Essex Transitional Justice Network, where she chairs the research area economic dimensions of transitional justice, and she is also a member of the Human Rights Centre.

Her publications include 'Legalising active voluntary euthanasia through the courts - some lessons from Colombia' (2009) in Medical Law Review, and 'Trial and error at the end of life – no harm done?’ (2007) in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.

She has carried out extensive research on sovereign debt, with a particular focus on Latin America, resulting in the book Unconstitutional Regimes and the Validity of Sovereign Debt: A Legal Perspective (Ashgate, Aldershot 2007) and articles on the relationship between social rights and sovereign debt (eg 'Sovereign Debt and Social Rights-Legal Reflections on a Difficult Relationship' (2008) 8 Human Rights Law Review 35-68).

Building on this research, she is working on economic dimensions of transitional justice, in particular the link between transitional justice and sovereign debt (see 'Ius cogens, transitional justice and other trends of the debate on odious debts - A Response to the World Bank Discussion Paper on Odious Debts', 48(1) Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 2009 (co-authored with Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky), and transitional justice and corporate complicity.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, University of Essex