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

Lecturer in Employment Law, Director of the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law

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Sara Benedi Lahuerta is a Lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Southampton Law School. Her research interests lie at the intersection of equality law and employment law (at international, EU and comparative level).

Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta’s research focuses on discrimination and employment law (at international, EU and comparative levels). She has written articles on the collective enforcement of equality law, the European Social Pillar, the links between migration and discrimination. Her research has been published in leading journals, including the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Journal and the European Labour Law Journal. She has also acted as guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.

She is particularly interested on avenues to improve the effectiveness of equality law through a range of regulatory tools like equality bodies, positive duties, ADR and collective remedies. Her current research projects concern the effectiveness of the new gender pay gap regulations; the coherence of EU Equality Law; the impact of Brexit on communities vulnerable to discrimination and the prevention of violence and discrimination on grounds of religion.

Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PhD from the University of Leicester (2015), an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe (2008) and a double degree in Law and Business from the University of Zaragoza (2007). She has been a trainee at the European Commission and an academic assistant at the College of Europe. Sara is a qualified Spanish lawyer and previously worked as an in-house lawyer in the private sector.


Society of Legal Scholars

Socio-Legal Studies Association

Labour Law Research Network

Discrimination Law Association

Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Research interests

Current Research

Building on her PhD dissertation on the effectiveness of racial equality law in Britain and Spain, Sara’s post-doctoral research has mainly focused on the analysis of enforcement procedures in employment and equality law, with a focus on collective redress, the use of ADR, the role of intermediaries, such as NGOs, trade unions, and the effects of austerity policies on access to justice.

She is also pursuing research in other areas linked to employment and equality law through different research projects:

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
  • The effects of technology and the Internet in the employment relationship

Sara welcomes PhD applications on any of the above and related areas.


Affiliate research groups

Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law, Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)

Director of the Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality & Law

Athena Swan Chair for the Law School

Member of the School Health & Safety Committee



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Book Chapters




  • Employment Law (LAWS2026)
  • Equality at Work (LAWS3137)
  • European Union Law (LAWS2017)
Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta
Southampton Law School Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK Email address:

Room Number: 4/2025

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