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Andrea Nicholson

Team Lead

Andrea Nicholson is a team lead with the Rights Lab, a university Beacon of Excellence, where she leads the project Survivors’ Solutions. Her research draws on history, cultures, literature and psychology to interpret the law and frameworks surrounding contemporary slavery, focusing on the value and application of survivors´ narratives to anti-slavery strategies.

Her PhD on contemporary slave narratives is with the Department of American & Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She also has an LLM from Durham University and a first-class LLB from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. Before joining the University of Nottingham, she was the Research Director at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, and previously Principal Lecturer and Head of Department for Postgraduate Programmes. She has provided consultancy to the International Labour Organisation on the international legal framework on women's and labour rights for research conducted into the global care chain for migrant women; to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for the playwright Eve Ensler on slavery in the UK, and has been interviewed for the film Unmasking Modern Slavery.

She is a member of the University of Nottingham Centre for Research in Race and Rights; the Nottingham Trent University Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice; a member of the Advisory Board for HartinMedia, an award-winning video-production agency that produces films on slavery; a fellow of the HEA; a member of the Society for Legal Scholars; a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association; and teaches international human rights and on a massive open online course (MOOC) called Ending Slavery. 

She currently supervises the following postgraduate student: Shanlin Wu: ‘A critical examination of UK asylum determination in the case of acutely vulnerable groups’; and is Independent Assessor for Richard Jones: ‘Encouraging non-State Armed Groups to comply with the constraints of International Humanitarian Law: (how) can it be done?



Selected Publications

  • ‘A Survivor Centric Approach - The Importance of Contemporary Slave Narratives to the Anti-Slavery Agenda’ in: Sasha Poucki & Jennifer Bryson-Clarke (eds) The SAGE Handbook on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. (Sage. Forthcoming, May 2017)
  • A. Nicholson, Z. Trodd, and M. Dang, ‘Survivors’ Perceptions on the Definition of Slavery’ (forthcoming)
  • A. Trautrims, A. Nicholson, and C. Boulghassoul. Written evidence submitted to the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into support for victims of modern slavery. (Dec 2016)
  • ‘Transformations in the law concerning slavery: legacies of the nineteenth century anti-slavery movement’. In: W. MULLIGAN and M. BRIC, eds., A global history of anti-slavery politics in the nineteenth century. 2013. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 214-236. ISBN 9781137032591
  • A. Nicholson & T.Buck ‘Child Slavery: Constructing the Legal Framework’in:Gary Craig (ed) Child Slavery Now: A Contemporary Reader (Policy Press 2010)
  • A. NicholsonReflections on Siliadin v France: Slavery and Legal Definition’(2010) 14 IJHR 5, 705

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