Isabel Simonsen Carrascal

School of Law

Research Student


I joined the Department in 2016 after having completed an LLM in International Law and Global Justice at the University of Sheffield as well. Prior to that I was working as a researcher at International Law and Policy Institute in Oslo Norway where I landed after having finished my LLB at the University of Granada in Spain.

  • Grado en Derecho (with a year abroad) Universidad de Granada and University of Sheffield (2010-2014)
  • LLM International Law and Global Justice, University of Sheffield (2015-2016)
Research interests
  • International human rights law
  • queer theory
  • postcolonialism
  • LBTQ rights
  • critical legal theory

A postcolonial-queer reading of international human rights law

My thesis examine the content, nature, and boundaries of international human rights law protection for sexual and gender diverse individuals and groups from queer postcolonial perspectives. In my research I examine queer postcolonial theories identifying key theoretical insights through which international human rights law can be critically analysed. I further use these theoretical insights critically examine the decisions by the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Supervisors: Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg and Professor Graham Gee

Research group

Sheffield Centre for International and European Law

Teaching activities

I have taught both International Law and International Human Rights Law at the University of Sheffield. I also have external teaching experience at masters level on the topic Gender, Sexuality and International Law.

Professional activities

Presented 'A queer postcolonial analysis of the Reports by the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity' at the 2019 Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference held at the University of Leeds.