Dr Sarah Trotter

Dr Sarah Trotter

Assistant Professor of Law

LSE Law School

Telephone
0207-955-7258
Room No
New Academic Building 7.08
Languages
English, Welsh
Key Expertise
Family law; European human rights law

About me

Sarah joined LSE Law School as an Assistant Professor in September 2018. Her research is mostly about how the human condition is imagined in European human rights law, and she is currently writing a book about this. She is particularly interested in the assumptions that are made in law about how we relate to one another and ourselves. Her most recent work in this context concerns the way in which relationships were legally constructed and portrayed in the context of the COVID-19 concept of the ‘support bubble’; the meaning of the ‘right to hope’ in European human rights law; the construction of notions of truth and reality in family law (particularly in contexts in which the meaning of knowing comes into question); and the role of ideas about absence, loss, and lack in the context of the construction of the category of personal identity in European human rights law. She convenes and teaches the LL221 Family Law course (which is about the legal construction and regulation of family life) and she also teaches on the Property I course (which is about ideas of property in legal and social thought). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Sarah wrote her PhD thesis (‘On coming to terms: How European human rights law imagines the human condition’) at the LSE, where she also taught family law and EU law on the LLB programme and human rights on the Summer School programme. She did her LLM at the University of Cambridge and her LLB at the LSE (including an Erasmus year at Sciences Po, Paris). 

As of 1 December 2021, Sarah is the Adviser to Women Students at the LSE, and she is available to talk to any women students who want or need to talk about anything, and to offer advice and support on issues of concern or personal difficulties. (You can write to me directly or contact me through the student support pages.) 

Administrative support: Law.Reception@lse.ac.uk

Research Interests

Sarah’s research is mostly about how the human condition is imagined in European human rights law and about the assumptions that are made in law about how we relate to one another and ourselves.  

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