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Sarah Khan, BA LLB (Hons.), MA

Sarah Khan, BA LLB (Hons.), MA

Sarah Khan, BA LLB (Hons.), MA

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Sarah has worked for over 12 years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the international protection of human rights and on refugee and international humanitarian law in displacement contexts of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters. She has supported the development of protection policies for UN/NGO humanitarian country teams; assisted governments with the development of IDP legislation/policy; designed capacity-building programs on international protection and displacement for armed actors and civil society; developed protection monitoring systems for response and advocacy, and coordinated UN/NGO actors on inter-agency protection platforms.

She has worked as a senior protection officer and senior protection cluster coordinator with UNHCR. Her last position was as head of office in Northern Somalia, managing a multifaceted program covering refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and persons in mixed flows (refugees/migrants). She has also worked with NGOs—namely, Oxfam, CAFOD UK, and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre—where she facilitated integrated training courses for NATO/ISAF and UN Mission senior commanders. 

Sarah has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, covering various displacement situations, including in Afghanistan, Libya, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria. She has also worked at UNHCR Headquarters in the Global Protection Cluster covering various internal displacement situations, such as those in the Central African Republic, Colombia, Iraq, and the Philippines. 

She is a lawyer by training, with a BA LLB Hons. degree from the National Law School at India University and a master of arts in law and diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Sarah is excited to apply her extensive field operations practice to research as an LLM research student at Osgoode Hall Law School and as a Global Health Graduate Scholar at the Dahdaleh Institute. Her year-long research will focus on the 2016 NATO Policy for the Protection of Civilians and the prevention of displacement as a key consideration for protecting civilians in contemporary conflicts and complex emergencies.


Global Health & Humanitarianism


Governance, Migration





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