Sahla Aroussi

Dr. Aroussi has a Ph.D. in Politics (2011) and an LLM Transitional Justice (2007) from the University of Ulster and an MA Human Rights and Democratisation (2004) from the University of Malta. Aroussi previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Ulster and a Postdoctoral researcher in the University of Antwerp’s Law and Development research group. She also worked as an intern at the Northern Ireland Commission for Human Rights and the European Parliament. Aroussi's research interests lie in the field of gender and conflict particularly: the UN’s agenda on Women, Peace and Security; peace agreements; transitional justice; wartime sexual violence; and, gender equality in transitional societies. Aroussi has received various awards and scholarships including, The University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (2007), the Trent Lott Leadership scholarship (2008), the University of Antwerp Internationalisation Fund for research (2012) and the European International Cooperation Fund research grant (2012). In 2011, Aroussi was invited to deliver a public address on “Gender in memorialisation initiatives” at the Institute for African Transitional Justice, Northern Uganda. In addition to editing and authoring academic publications Aroussi has also constructed two peace agreements databases and carried out consultancy work for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (2013).

  • Aroussi, S. (forthcoming 2015) Women, peace and security: implementing the UN Security Council resolutions in peace agreements, Antwerp: Intersentia publishers.
  • Aroussi, S. (2014) Women and the world’s judiciaries – identifying the challenges and empowering strategies for change Africa and the Middle East. Report for the International Commission of Jurists International law and protection programmes.
  • Aroussi, S. and Vandeginste, S. (2013) ‘When interests meet norms: The Relevance of Human Rights for Peace and Power-Sharing’ The International Journal of Human Rights Special Issue on Law, Power-sharing and Human Rights, Vol. 17, no. 2, pp.183- 203.
  • Aroussi, S., Vandeginste, S. and De Feyter K. eds. (2013) ‘Law, power-sharing and human rights’ The International Journal of Human Rights Special Issue on Law, Power-sharing and Human Rights, Vol. 17, no. 2.
  • Aroussi, S. and Somerville, I. (2013) ‘Campaigning for ‘Women, Peace and Security’: Transnational advocacy networks at the United Nations Security Council’ in Gender and public relations:  Critical perspectives on voice, image and identity, C. Daymon & K. Demetrious (eds.) London: Routledge. pp. 156-176. (This edited Volume won the PRide Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association, USA).
  • Aroussi, S. (2011) ‘‘‘Women, Peace and Security”: Addressing accountability for wartime sexual violence’ The International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 14, no 4 pp. 576-593. (Selected by the Gendered Perspectives on International Development Resource Bulletin 2012 Vol 27(3) as the best feminist resource for 2012).
  • Online resource: African Peace Agreements Database on power-sharing and human rights hosted by the University of Antwerp website.
  • Women, peace and security: Implementing Security Council resolution 1325 in peace agreements 2007-2010: Doctoral research funded by the University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. The thesis investigated how peace agreements signed after the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security addressed gender issues and in particular those related to sexual violence and women’s political participation. The project involved compiling a database of peace agreements signed between 2000 and 2008, analysing the texts of the agreements to outline all their gender related provisions and identifying observed trends using SPSS. The second phase of the research consisted of conducting elite semi-structured interviews with key peacemakers to triangulate the results of the research and to explore the issues at a deeper analytical level. In particular the thesis chose to focus on the issues of sexual violence, political participation and the role of third parties in peace agreements.
  • A human rights approach to power-sharing as a conflict resolution tool in Africa (2011- 2012): The research project investigated the human rights implications of power sharing mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa. The output for this project included a special issue on power sharing and human rights and an online database of 82 peace agreements from 20 African countries studying the nature, prevalence and function of human rights in power sharing agreements. 
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