Sari Kouvo

Senior Lecturer

Department of Law
Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 650
40530 Göteborg

About Sari Kouvo

I hold an associate professorship in international law and a lectureship in legal theory at Gothenburg University. Throughout my career, I have sought to combine academic work with policy and field work. My previous engagements include, co-director of Afghanistan Analysts Network, policy officer at the European External Action Service, head of program at the International Centre for Transitional Justice, adviser to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan and lecturing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Kent University, Birkbeck University and Gothenburg university.

I hold a doctorate in International Law from Gothenburg University (Sweden). I have held visiting fellowships at the NATO Defense College (Italy), Kent University (UK), Abo Academy (Finland) and the Australian National University.

I have published extensively on Afghanistan, European Union, international law, especially human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law, and gender-related subjects.

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Research areas

  • International law, human rights, conflict and crisis management, gender legal studies, Afghanistan

Teaching areas

  • International law (especially human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law and international criminal law), conflict and crisis management (especially EU and Afghanistan), equality and non-discrimination law and legal theory

Selected publications

Tell Us How This Will End? Conflict, Justice and Reconciliation in Afghanistan (report)
Kouvo, Sari, Gossman, Patti
Afghanistan Analyst Network, 2013

Law as a Placeholder for Change? Women’s Rights and Realities in Afghanistan
Kouvo, Sari, Levine, Corey
in Kim Rubenstein and Katharine G Young (Eds.) (2016). The Public Law of Gender: from the local to the global, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016

Gender & International Law
Pearson, Zoe, Kouvo, Sari

Field Notes: Reconciliation, Justice and Mobilization of War Victims in Afghanistan
Kouvo, Sari, Mazoori, Dallas
International Journal of Transitional Justice, 5:3, s. 492-503, 2011

Making Just Rights? Integrating Human Rights and Gender
Kouvo, Sari
Iustus Publication, Sweden, 2004