UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Silvia Suteu

Associate Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2016

Research summary

Dr Silvia Suteu joined the UCL Faculty of Laws in September 2016. She was previously a tutor and ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where she also co-founded and convened the Constitutional Law Discussion Group and acted as Associate Director for Research Engagement of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. Prior to that, she held research positions at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (on the Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project), the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR), and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She currently also serves as manager of the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog.

Silvia’s current research interests are in comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. She is especially interested in the theory and practice of deliberative constitutional change, constitutional entrenchment and democratic theory (in particular eternity clauses), transitional constitutionalism, and gender-sensitive constitution-making. She has also done work in international humanitarian and human rights law. Silvia has provided legal expertise on constitution building to organisations including Democracy Reporting International, the Euromed Feminist Initiative, International IDEA and UN Women.

Teaching summary


Public Law

Human Rights in the UK

Jurisprudence Big Book


Comparative Constitutional Law

Comparative Human Rights Law

Gender, Law and the State


Silvia obtained her PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh, titled “Eternity and the Constitution: The Promise and Limits of Eternity Clauses”. She also holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from the Central European University in Budapest, and a BA in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and was a visiting researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin.