UCL Faculty of Laws


Natalie Sedacca

Natalie Sedacca
Key information

Natalie joined the Faculty of Laws in September 2017. Her research focuses on the intersection between labour rights and human rights in relation to domestic workers. It is supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership and a Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship.

Natalie's primary supervisor is Professor Virginia Mantouvalou in the Faculty of Laws. Her secondary supervisor is Dr Par Engstrom in the Institute of the Americas, reflecting her empirical interest in Latin America. 

Natalie has been a Teaching Fellow on the Tort LLB course for the past two academic years, and also ran a special seminar course on actions against the police and public authorities in the academic year 2019-20. She taught and guest lectured on the Employment Law LLB in 2018-19 and convened a course on Labour Law and Human Rights at Queen Mary University of London in 2020.

Natalie is on the editorial board for the UCL Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (having previously been joint academic editor during 2017-18) and is the Editorial Assistant for the Labour Law blog. She is also a trustee for the migrant domestic worker NGO Kalayaan, and is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

Natalie holds a BA / MA (Cantab) from Cambridge in Archaeology & Anthropology and an LLM in Transnational Law from King's College London.

Prior to starting her PhD 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.

Natalie is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Human Rights, Employment and Equality

UCL Associations/Academic & Professional Memberships

Professional Experience

  • 2008 - 2010: Trainee Solicitor
  • 2010 - 2017: Solicitor specialising in Civil Liberties




  • Sedacca, N, 2019. 'Migrant domestic workers and the right to a private and family life', Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 32, 288-310.
  • Sedacca, N, 2019. The ‘turn’ to Criminal Justice in Human Rights Law: An Analysis in the Context of the 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement. Human Rights Law Review, 19, 315–345


  • Sedacca, N, 2017. Abortion in Latin America in International Perspective: Limitations and Potentials of the Use of Human Rights Law to Challenge Restrictions. Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, 32, 109-136.

Policy Report


  • Sedacca, N and Sharp, A, 2019. 'Dignity, Not Destitution: The Impact of Differential Rights to Work for Migrant Domestic Workers' - report for Kalayaan.