2020 applicants

Sabina Garahan

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
Human Rights Centre
 Sabina Garahan



Sabina is an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate and consultant in human rights. She is an editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and a Visiting Fellow of the Open University's Project for Interdisciplinary Law and Religion Studies. Sabina teaches on the LLB Criminal Law (LW104) and the LLM International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW901) modules, and is also a member of the Death Penalty Sentencing Mitigation Unit. Prior to starting her PhD, Sabina worked as a Judicial Assistant to Judge Robert Spano at the European Court of Human Rights and as a Research Assistant at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Recent publications include: - Garahan, S., (2016). A Right to Discriminate? Widening the Scope for Interference with Religious Rights in Ebrahimian v France. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. 5(2), 352-358. https://doi.org/10.1093/ojlr/rww009 - Garahan, S., (2018). Hamidovic v Bosnia and Herzegovina judging skullcaps in the courtroom. PILARS. CC 2. http://law-school.open.ac.uk/sites/law-school.open.ac.uk/files/files/PILARs%20CC%202018_2.pdf - Olatokun, M. and Garahan, S., (2018). Human rights education - what is it and why is it important? The British Institute of Human Rights. https://www.bihr.org.uk/blog/celebrate70-hre - Beqiraj, J., Garahan, S. and Shuttleworth K., (2018). Ombudsman schemes and effective access to justice: A study of international practices and trends. International Bar Association. https://www.ibanet.org/PPID/Constituent/AccesstoJustice_LegalAid/Projects.aspx


  • LLM International Human Rights Law Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (2016)

  • LLB Law with French Law UCL (2014 )

  • Certificat Supérieur de droit français et européen Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (2013)

Research and professional activities


The role of the reasonableness concept in the pre-trial jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

Supervisor: Dr Carla Ferstman , Professor Geoff Gilbert , Dr Charilaos Nikolaidis




Colchester Campus