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Sophie Gallop

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Dr Sophie Gallop is a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School. Her primary area of interest is in international human rights law and its intersection with public law. Sophie teaches on a number of modules delivered to first, second, and final year students. Those modules include Public Law and Research Skills, Contract Law and Problem Solving, Human Rights Law, and Critical Legal Thinking. Sophie also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and acts as Personal and Academic Tutor to final year LLB students.

Career overview

Sophie read LLB (Hons) Law at the University of Warwick before studying an LLM in International Law at the University of Bristol. During this time Sophie also worked part time as a legal assistant to support her studies. In 2013, in conjunction with the University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre, Sophie was appointed as a lecturer of law at the University of The Gambia. Whilst working there Sophie was the module leader on the Contract Law, Tort Law, and Legal Ethics modules, and was engaged in various initiatives alongside the Gambian Bar Association. Sophie was then awarded a fully funded studentship at the University of Birmingham Law School in order to research her PhD in the field of judicial reform in the Caucuses which she completed in 2019.

Whilst completing her PhD, Sophie worked as a Postgraduate Teaching Associate for three years at Birmingham Law School on the Contract Law module, and as a module lead on the Access to Birmingham (A2B) programme. She also worked as a research associate on a number of research projects alongside colleagues from the University of Birmingham and the University of Reading.

Sophie joined Nottingham Law School in October 2017.

Research areas

Sophie has presented her research at a number of national and international research conferences and has also worked with colleagues at the Universities of Birmingham and Reading as a research associate.

Since joining Nottingham Law School, Sophie has worked with a number of colleagues on a US State Department Funded project in Armenia. The Armenian Advocates Programme has been run in conjunction with Yerevan State University and the Armenian School of Advocates and is a part of the continuing professional development plan in the country.

Sophie has also published various articles with The Conversation, and appeared as an expert panel member on Al Jazeera. In 2018 she appeared as an expert before a House of Lords panel examining potential violations of the Convention Against Torture by the UK government with respect to its treatment of women during austerity. Sophie is currently an active member of the Centre for Rights and Justice.

Sophie would be happy to supervise masters and doctoral studies generally in the Human Rights sphere, but particularly theses with a focus on torture, judicial reform, and the separation of powers.


Journal Articles:

‘The Exhaustion of Domestic Remedies Rule: A Realistic Demand for Individuals Who Have Suffered Torture at the Hands of State Actors’ (2013) Bristol Law Review 75

‘Book Review ‘The Impact of the ECHR on Democratic Change in Central and Easter Europe: Judicial Perspectives’ edited by Iulia Motoc and Ineta Ziemele’ (2017) 23(2) European Journal of Current Legal Issues

Blog Articles:

Amid Mounting Abuse Claims, Jammeh is unlikely to face justice soon. Here’s why The Conversation 8 July 2019

A Turning Point for The Gambia, the smiling face of The Gambia? The Conversation 12 January 2017

The Problem With Human Rights: Public Perception Live Encounters 1 December 2015

Gambia becomes the latest African country to enact hateful anti-gay laws The Conversation 25 November 2014

Explainer: how flogging violates international law The Conversation 9 June 2015