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Dr Natalie Sedacca

Lecturer in Law


Natalie is a Lecturer in Law (Education and Research). She joined Exeter Law School in January 2021 and currently teaches Employment, Tort and Constitutional & Administrative Law. Natalie also acts as an Academic Personal Tutor and co-convenes seminars for Laws PhD students and the annual PhD conference.

Natalie’s research focuses on human rights and labour law, with a particular interest in the rights of domestic workers and other marginalised workers, and in issues of gender and migration. Her PhD, completed at University College London (UCL) in 2021, analysed the legal position of domestic workers and their frequent exclusion from protective labour law legislation, using human rights standards to criticise this exclusion. It included case studies on Chile and the UK with empirical work in each.

Natalie has published articles drawing on her PhD and LLM research in leading journals including Human Rights Law Review and Industrial Law Journal (see publications section for details). Her ongoing research projects include the rights of domestic workers in the ‘gig economy,’ and the human rights implications of the ‘hostile environment’ for migrant women.

Natalie is a trustee for the migrant domestic worker NGO Kalayaan, and is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. She is the joint convenor for the Labour Law section of the Society of Legal Scholars, and is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. 

Prior to joining Exeter, Natalie was a Teaching Fellow at UCL from 2018 to 2020, teaching Tort and Employment Law. In 2020, Natalie convened a course on Labour Law and Human Rights at Queen Mary University of London. Before entering academia, Natalie spent nine years in legal practice (two years in training and seven years as a qualified solicitor) specialising in claims against the police and public authorities. 


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Research interests

Labour law; human rights law, including as relevant to (domestic) workers' rights, rights of women and migrants, socio-economic rights, and positive duties; feminist and anti-racist approaches, Latin America; business and human rights.

Other information

My office hours are Tuesdays at 2pm to 4pm during spring term 2022. Seminar tutees and academic personal tutees are welcome to book an appointment at .

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