Sarah Adamczyk

Lecturing Fellow
Supervising Attorney, International Human Rights Clinic


Before joining Duke Law in 2015, Sarah Adamczyk worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) for four years, running legal and humanitarian programs in the Gaza Strip, Jordan and Ukraine, which included coordination of legal assistance to displaced populations as well as research, advocacy, and strategic litigation. She has experience managing projects with U.S. legal clinics, supervising students in fieldwork, and a track record of partnerships with local and international human rights institutions, including U.N. agencies.  Her research and advocacy has primarily focused on civilian protection, civil compensation, legal status, and access to housing, land and property rights.  

Adamczyk previously worked in the corporate bankruptcy and reorganization group with Sidley Austin LLP.  Her pro bono work has included assistance in an Alabama capital defence appeal, LGBT asylum applications and representation for victims of rape and domestic violence under U-visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  As a legal fellow with the Center for Justice and Accountability, she assisted in human rights investigations and litigation under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act. 

Adamczyk received her B.A. from Northwestern University and J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.  She additionally holds an M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, where she studied as a Rotary Scholar, as well as an LLM in Human Rights Law from Queen’s University Belfast.  From 2001-2002, Adamczyk studied in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar.