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Sarah Deibler

Sarah Deibler

S.J.D. Candidate

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“Forced Marriage and Sex under the Khmer Rouge: The Impact of Gendered Constructions of Victims, Sexual Agency, and Sexual Harm in International Criminal Law”

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Feminism and the Law with Professor Janet Halley, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • International Criminal Law with Professor Alex Whiting, Harvard Law School
  • Theories of Knowledge and Governance: Health, Human Rights, and Science with Professor Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Social Theories of Law with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Asylum and Immigration Law
  • Expert Witnesses
  • International Criminal Law
  • Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
  • Trauma and Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2016-Present
  • Northeastern University School of Law, LL.M., 2015
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K., LL.B., 2013

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School Graduate Program, Teaching Fellow, Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I, 2019-2020
  • Harvard Law School Graduate Program, Coordinator, Law Teaching Colloquium, 2018-2021
  • Harvard College, Teaching Fellow, Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century, 2019
  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Cleary Fellow, 2019
  • Harvard Law School Graduate Program, Teaching Fellow, LL.M. Writing Workshop, 2017-2019
  • Harvard Law School, Summer Public Interest Fellow, 2018 & 2019
  • Harvard Law School, Summer Academic Fellow, 2017 & 2018
  • Harvard College, Teaching Fellow, Sexual Ethics as Ethical Reasoning, 2017
  • Harvard Law School, Chayes International Public Service Fellow, 2017

Representative Publications

  • Sarah Deibler, ‘Perhaps the Foreigners May Not Know’: Contesting Claims to Cultural Expertise and International Law’s Universality at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, in International Law and Universality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Additional Information

  • Bar Admission: New York, 2017
  • Languages: English (native), French (proficient)
  • Awarded Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard Office of Undergraduate Education, 2017 & 2019

Last Updated: August 5, 2020