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Shahrzad Fouladvand

Lecturer in International Criminal Law, University of Sussex

Dr Shahrzad Fouladvand is a Lecturer in International Criminal Law at the Sussex Law School. Prior to this, she was a lecturer in Human Rights Law at the Law School and a research fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull.

She also worked as an Associate Tutor and Research Assistant at Sussex Law School where she obtained her Doctorate. Shahrzad’s doctoral project was entitled Complementarity and Cultural Sensitivity: Decision-making by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor in Relation to the Situations in the Darfur Region of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Dr Shahrzad Fouladvand’s main research interests are in the areas of Transnational Criminal Law (TCL) and international criminal justice systems, particularly, International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research focuses on two forms of organised crime: human trafficking and Corruption. Particularly, she is interested in the ways in which these two wrongdoings are interrelated.

Shahrzad uses responsibilisation and network analysis approaches in her research. Her work also raises issues about the extent to which co-operation is possible or desirable with criminal justice agencies tainted by corruption, whether outside the EU or within it. Shahrzad’s research centres on evidential problems relating to human trafficking and the relationship between human trafficking and corruption, with a particular focus on Albania.

Shahrzad is a member of the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime (SHOC) at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). You can read my blog on ‘Tackling Human Trafficking: Moving Away from a Prosecution-Centred Approach’ here



  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad and Ward, Tony (2019) Human trafficking, vulnerability and the state. The Journal of Criminal Law, 83 (1). pp. 39-54. ISSN 0022-0183
  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad and Ward, Tony (2018) Human trafficking, victims’ rights and fair trials. The Journal of Criminal Law, 82 (2). pp. 138-155. ISSN 0022-0183
  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2018) Decentering the prosecution-oriented approach: tackling both supply and demand in the struggle against human trafficking. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 52. pp. 129-143. ISSN 1756-0616
  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2014) Complementarity and cultural sensitivity: decision-making by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor in the Darfur situation. International Criminal Law Review, 14 (6). pp. 1028-1066. ISSN 1567-536X

Book Sections

  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2019) Corruption, regulation and the law: the power not to prosecute under the UK Bribery Act 2010. In: Ryder, Nicholas and Pasculli, Lorenzo (eds.) Corruption, integrity and the law: global regulatory challenges. Routledge, London, pp. 70-88. ISBN 9780367186500
  • Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2019) Corruption and human trafficking: a holistic approach. In: Pasculli, Lorenzo and Ryder, Nicholas (eds.) Corruption in the global era: causes, sources and forms of manifestation. The Law of Financial Crime . Routledge, pp. 289-305. ISBN 9780367177768
  • Vogler, Richard and Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2016) The Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988 and the global war on drugs. In: Hauck, Pierre and Peterke, Sven (eds.) International law and transnational organised crime. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198733737
  • Vogler, Richard and Fouladvand, Shahrzad (2016) Standards for making factual determinations in arrest and pre-trial detention: a comparative analysis of law and practice. In: Ross, Jacqueline E and Thaman, Stephen C (eds.) Comparative criminal procedure. Research handbooks in comparative law . Edward Elgar, pp. 191-216. ISBN 9781781007181

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