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Sangeetha Manavalan

 Sangeetha Manavalan

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis title: 

Prevention of Trafficking in Persons in Europe: A Comparative Analysis of International and European Regulatory Mechanisms


Professor Phoebe Okowa and Dr Mario Mendez

Summary of research:

This research deals with the prevention of trafficking in persons in Europe. It offers a comparative analysis of international and European regulatory mechanisms on trafficking, and explores the extent to which regulatory mechanisms assist in the development of the broader legal framework of trafficking. It focuses on regulatory mechanisms for trafficking of women for sexual exploitation in Europe, and argues that there is need for greater concerted action by states to implement and enforce effectively trafficking provisions to which they are a party at international and European levels. In doing so, this research presents an honest effort to bring the European discourse on trafficking within the broader legal framework of trafficking in international law, and intends to impact current and future policies against trafficking.


Sangeetha completed her LLB with Honours from the University of Sussex in 2010 and her LLM in Public International Law with Distinction in 2011 from Queen Mary University of London. Sangeetha is one of two students to have been awarded the 2011-2012 University of London's Georg Schwarzenburger Prize for the best performance on the LLM in Public International Law. She was also awarded the Public International Law Prize for best student on the LLM by the School of Law at Queen Mary. She commenced her doctoral research at Queen Mary in October 2012 and is funded through the School of Law at Queen Mary.

Sangeetha's main academic interests are in international law, European Union law and human rights. She has a particular interest in the prevention of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation in Europe. She is also interested in the scope of freedom of religion under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the presence of religious clothing and symbols in public institutions in Europe.

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