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Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta LLB, BA (Business), LLM, PhD

Lecturer in Employment Law

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Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta is Lecturer in Employment Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

Sara joined the Law School in September 2014. She graduated in Law and Business at the University of Zaragoza (2007); she holds an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (2008) and a PhD from the University of Leicester (2015).

During her doctoral studies, she was a trainee at the European Commission (DG Justice), an academic assistant at the College of Europe and an associate tutor at the University of Leicester. She has also collaborated with local and European NGOs dealing with equality, migrants and women rights, and she has trained Spanish civil servants on EU and Spanish anti-discrimination law. She was also a research assistant on a project on public policies against religious phobias (Universities of Alcala and Zaragoza).

Sara is a qualified Spanish lawyer and she previously worked as an in-house lawyer in the private sector.






Research interests

Current research:

Building on her PhD on the effectiveness of racial equality law in Britain and Spain, Sara’s current research focuses on the analysis of enforcement procedures in employment law, with a focus on the use of ADR, the role of intermediaries (equality bodies, NGOs, trade unions) and prevention policies. She is also analysing the effects of the crisis on access to justice in the area of employment.


General research interests:

  • Social and employment law, at EU and comparative level
  • Equality law
  • Access to justice and ADR, particularly in employment law
  • Human rights, particularly in connection with interculturality, migration, freedom of religion and freedom of expression
  • Free movement of persons in the EU

Affiliate research group(s)

Work Futures Research Centre

LLB 3rd year coordinator

Athena Swan Coordinator





  • Equality at Work (LAWS3137)
  • Employment Law (LAWS3059)
  • European Union Law (LAWS2017)
Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta
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