Rachel Sieder

Global Fellow

Senior Researcher, CMI and Research Professor, CIESAS, in Mexico City


Political scientist whose research interests are located within an inter-disciplinary field which straddles politics, legal anthropology, and legal sociology.
Her research interests cover indigenous rights, human rights, judicial reform, access to justice, legal pluralism and counter-hegemonic forms of globalization. Her geographic area of specialization is Guatemala and Central America.
Sieder is currently senior research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Educación Superior en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico City, and research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London, where she held the post of senior lecturer in politics until 2008.

Other projects at the centre: Women on the Bench Project and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Project.

Personal website.



PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes

Truth Commissions and Sexual Violence: African and Latin American Experiences
2021 - 2024

Women on the Bench: The Role of Female Judges in Fragile States
2017 - 2022

Abortion Rights Lawfare in Latin America
2014 - 2017