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E.R. (E.MA 2014-2015) has obtained her Doctoral Degree at Central European University, an institution whose life is now torn between Austria and Hungary. She is a political theorist and writes about political authority, while also being interested in migration and climate change. She is the former coordinator of the Migration Research Group at CEU and she has been recently a Fellow at Telluride House, at Cornell University (NY). Before starting her Ph.D., E.R. collaborated with NGOs working with asylum seekers and refugees in Italy and Greece and gained considerable experience as an environmental activist. Besides her E.MA (2014-2015), she holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Pavia. She is a passionate photographer, interested in documentary filmmaking.
Luca Bonadiman (E.MA 2011-12) is currently a JD Student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law. He holds a BA and MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padova. He is an alumni of the E.MA Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. He completed a PhD in Law at City University of Hong Kong with a Thesis on the Historiographical Turn in Human Rights. He worked as Post-Doctoral Residential Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School from 2017 to 2020, focusing on distributional analysis and the transformations of the human rights regime. He is broadly and eclectically interested in power and has been looking at the ambivalence of human rights as both language of resistance/emancipation and instrument of governmentality.
Vinícius Alexandre Fortes de Barros is a Federal Prosecutor in Brazil and an International Law Master Student at the University of Cambridge. He is also Project Manager at the Cambridge Pro Bono Project – Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project. He is specialized in International Criminal Law (Siracusa International Institute for Human Rights and Criminal Justice, Italy). He was a State Judge in Brazil (2016), volunteer Professor of Environmental Law at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil (2018), and, currently, is a Federal Prosecutor, position in which he works with international law, environmental law, criminal law, and human rights. His research interests include decolonization, law of armed conflict, international criminal law, and critical theory of international law.
Cristiano Gianolla (E.MA 2007-08) – Cristiano studied Computer Science, Philosophy (BA), Political Philosophy (MA), Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA), Sociology and Political Science (PhD) in Italy, Germany and Portugal. His main fields of expertise are democratic theories and their intersections with the metaphorical South, interpersonal and intercultural dialogue, cosmopolitanism, post-colonialism and global justice. Cristiano is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, a member of the “Democracy, Citizenship and Law” research unit, PI of the UNPOP project and co-coordinator of the research groups “Inter-Thematic group on Migrations” and “Epistemologies of the South”. Cristiano teaches on “Democratic Theories and Institutions” and “Critical Intercultural Dialogue” and further researches on democratic processes, populism, emotions, narratives and postcolonialism. He integrates the ALICE Project (ERC) and the ECHOES project (Horizon 2020). He has authored two books and a number of scientific articles.
Indrasish Majumder is pursuing his B.A. in L.L.B. (Hons.) at National Law University, Odisha. He has a special interest in human rights, humanitarian law, public international law, and criminal law. Accordingly, he has presented papers at national and international conferences, namely: The City University of New York, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also published articles in reputed international blogs, e.g., Opinio Juris, Jurist Commentary (University of Pittsburgh), Oxford Business Review, Rights Blog, Rights Blog (Columbia University), and the Advanced School of Studies in Human Rights Law (University of London). In pursuance of his interest in policy research, criminal law, and human rights, he has interned at the NLUD Centre for Criminology and Victimology, the NLSIU Centre for Women and Law, the NLUO Centre for Disability Rights, and the NUALS Centre for Women and Law. He has also volunteered at the Amnesty International Troll Decoders Project. Indrasish has been involved in various volunteer programs in his college and outside, such as The Robin Hood Army, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), Parichay, IAYP (International Award for Young People), Child Rights and You, and Help Age India, to name a few.
Michaël Merrigan (E.MA 2008-09) is based in Brussels and currently works for the Belgian Federal Human Rights Institute. In a previous life, he worked as a lawyer at the Brussels bar focusing on Supreme Court litigation (Belgian Court of Cassation). He holds a PhD in human rights law from the University of Leuven. In his research, he has focused on the question of the relationship between individual rights and individual obligations, duties and responsibilities in the European human rights framework. Michaël also holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Leuven, an LL.M in Public International Law from Leiden University, the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, and a Post-Graduate Degree in International Research Journalism from Thomas More University of Applied sciences (in cooperation with the Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism).
Ana Regedor (E.MA 2014-2015), is a human rights lawyer and PhD student in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra , Portugal. She holds a BA in Law and is trained in asylum, migration and nationality litigation, being an expert in handling human rights complaints and organizing peace operations and humanitarian action. She has worked for the International Organization for Migration in Portugal and the United Nations Development Program (Cape Verde) – in close relation with the National Human Rights Institution and as a consultant in the field of governance, public administration and justice, as a lawyer and legal advisor. She has also collaborated with Amnesty International and the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) as a trained victim support technician. Her volunteering experiences include raising awareness for HIV and AIDS (India); assisting an urban indigenous community (Peru); visiting detainees in prison (Portugal). Her research interests include migration, racism, education, indigenous peoples and environmental justice.
Former Board Members (2015 -2021)
Marcus Erridge is a PhD Human Rights in Contemporary Societies candidate at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research focuses on the human right to sanitation, data and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). Having worked in university administration for a number of years, he completed an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies in 2011. Since then, Marcus has worked for a number of NGOs, most recently as a Data Analyst and a Senior Research Associate in the United States. In his free time, Marcus has worked as a music and film reviewer, and produces an online weekly music radio show.
Saphia Fleury – following 12 years at Amnesty International and several years working as an environmental consultant, Saphia decided to focus on her primary interest: climate change. Joining the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute in 2019, her research aims to show the link between the current climate crisis and the exploitation of child migrants. Saphia holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies. In her prior roles she published a number of books and research reports on a range of human rights topics, including international fair trial law, and guidelines for combating torture in detention. For 10 years she also contributed to Amnesty’s annual report on The State of the World’s Human Rights.
Simon Levett is a journalist, lawyer and academic. Simon’s inter-disciplinary PhD dissertation is on “the Status of the Special Protection of Journalists Reporting on Conflict in International Law” at Western Sydney University; Simon has undertaken Field Research in Australia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories for his PhD. Simon has a Master’s Degree of Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Simon has published in both academic journals and mainstream media, worked as a producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and lectured in law. Internationally, Simon has worked for the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). In Australia, Simon has worked for different government departments including the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Vito Todeschini (E.MA 2011-12) – Vito co-founded Rights! and is an Associate Legal Adviser at the Middle East and North Africa Programme of the International Commission of Jurists, based in Tunis. He holds a Ph.D. from Aarhus University, Denmark, where he researched on the obligation to investigate in armed conflict and peace operations, with a special focus on the interaction between international humanitarian law and human rights law. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Trento, Visiting Researcher at the Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Visiting Fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, and Lecturer in the master’s course “The Law of Armed Conflict and Military Operations” at Aarhus University. Vito’s interests lie in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the law on the use of force.
Meredith Veit (E.MA 2018-19) is a writer, multimedia storyteller, researcher, and human rights advocate. In addition to the EMA degree, she holds a B.A. in Communications from The George Washington University. Her journalism and activism work has allowed her to live and work in 15+ countries–principally across the Americas, Africa, and Europe. Topics of special interest include the right to defend human rights, freedom of the press, digital security, and technology.
Former board members (2015-2020):
Federico Batista Poitier