Dr Hannah Baumeister

School of Law

I joined LJMU in September 2021 as a Lecturer in Law. I am also the editor of the LJMU Student Law Journal.

Prior to this, I worked as a lecturer, fellow and tutor in European Cultural History, Law, and Gender and Security in Germany, Mauritius and the UK.

In the academic year 2022/23, I teach International Criminal Law, Criminal Law, and Introduction to Civil Law and Civil Justice. I lead Family Law.

My research focuses on conflict-related gender-based violence, its causes, consequences and ways of addressing. While my early research examined the psycho-social work with survivors of war rape in the former Yugoslavia, my doctoral research centred on legal responses. It analysed the politics behind the international criminalisation of war rape and forced marriage in times of armed conflict under the statute of the International Criminal Court. My broader research interests include the intersections between forced marriage and modern slavery, the role of civil society in law making and conflict-related justice, non-violent conflict resolution, transitional justice, and visual representations, especially of conflicts and women. Geographically, my work focuses on the Western Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Rwanda, Uganda, the DRC, CAR, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.




2016, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, PhD Law
2011, Swansea University, United Kingdom, MA War and Society
2010, University of Bremen, Germany, BA Integrated European Studies

Journal article

McCabe H, Stickle W, Baumeister H. 2022. Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery: Analysing Marriage as a “Choiceless Choice” Journal of Modern Slavery, 7 :33-57 Publisher Url Public Url

Baumeister H. 2020. Forced Marriage Real Simple Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, 1 :25-47 DOI Publisher Url

Baumeister H. 2019. Drawing on genocide Law and Humanities, 13 :3-28 DOI Publisher Url

Baumeister H. Legal Deteminism or Progressive Politics – The ICC Negotiations of War Rape and Forced Marriage Cambrian Law Review,

Internet publication

Baumeister H. 2020. Graphic Novels: Drawing on Peacebuilding Publisher Url

Baumeister H. 2019. Researching the inner workings of the International Criminal Court Publisher Url

Books (authored)

Baumeister H. 2018. Sexualised Crimes, Armed Conflict and the Law The International Criminal Court and the Definitions of Rape and Forced Marriage 9781315111490

Conference presentation:

Forced Marriage and Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Oral presentation. 2022

“To Have and to Hold”: Forced Marriage, Modern Slavery and National Legislation of the UN Member States, Slavery Past, Present and Future, Oral presentation. 2021

‘Choiceless Choices’: Consent, Agency, and Marriage, Modern Histories of Consent, Intimacy, and Law Symposium, Oral presentation. 2021

“To have and to hold”: Forced marriage, modern slavery and national legislation of EU countries, SLSA, Oral presentation. 2021

Gender and Violence, Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: Research Roadmaps to 2030, Oral presentation. 2020

What is Forced Marriage?, Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: Research Roadmaps to 2030, Poster presentation. 2020

Drawing on Genocide, SLSA, Oral presentation. 2019

How to unravel the process of defining war rape and forced marriage in times of armed conflict under the statute of the International Criminal Court, Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa: Research Methods, Research Ethics, and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production, Oral presentation. 2018

Forced marriage in times of armed conflict – A form of sexual slavery?, Between Slavery and Post-slavery: Citizenship, Dependence, and Abolitionism in African and Indian Ocean Societies, Oral presentation. 2018

Progressive politics or legal determinism? Sexualised crimes and the ICC negotiations, Women in and at War, Oral presentation. 2016

Painting a picture: forced marriage, Women in and at War, Oral presentation. 2014

Drawing on Forced Marriage, Visualizing Law and Gender, Oral presentation. 2014

Women in the Military - Forced Wives in Fighting Groups?, Behind the Lines: Gender in the Bunker of International Security and Defence?, Oral presentation. 2013

Conference organisation:

Elimination of Violence against Women Conference. 2018

Human Rights Symposium. 2017

Elimination of Violence against Women Conference. 2016

Human Rights Symposium. 2015

Teaching qualification:

Fellow Higher Education Academy. 2017


Outstanding Postgraduate Teaching Award. 2014

Research Grants Awarded:

Aberystwyth University, Unravelling the Process of Defining War Rape and Forced Marriage in Times of Armed Conflict Under the Statute of the International Criminal C0ort: Actors and Sturtcures, Grant value (£): 56,000.

AHRC, Drawing on Forced Marriage: Teaching Tough Topics Through Comics, Grant value (£): 60,000.

Other Professional Activity:

Advisory Board Member for Research, Savera UK.

Editorial boards:

LJMU Student Law Journal, Editor.