On the importance of teaching critical approaches

26 January 2021
Sarah Thin in Law

As it stands, we don’t teach critical theory as part of the general international law syllabus in this Faculty. This is why, in October last year, I (with the help of several colleagues, for which I am extremely grateful) set up a reading group for students on Critical Approaches to International Law. I sent out word and hoped that students would be as enthusiastic about this idea as I was.

Sarah Thin

Sarah is a PhD Researcher and Tutor in the International and European Law Department (jointly with the University of Hasselt). Originally from Scotland, she moved to Maastricht in 2018 and has been happily learning the local language and traditions ever since. She holds an LLB (1st Class) from the University of Durham, UK and an LLM in Public International Law (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, UK. She has also studied at the University of Rouen (France).


Sarah has worked for and with a number of organisations in politics, human rights, social justice and environmental protection, and continues to do so alongside academic work wherever she can.


Sarah's PhD research focuses on state responsibility and the community interest in international law. She is also interested in human rights law, international environmental law, and other issues of public international law.


Sarah runs the Critical Approaches to International Law Discussion Group (for students and staff). She has taught on the International Law (BA, Hasselt), Introduction to International and European Law (BA, UM), and Public International Law (LLM, UM) courses.


Sarah is currently Editorial Assistant for the Hague Yearbook of International Law and Co-Editor of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights newsletter.