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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.
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.
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. He worked in the ICT field as well as for NGO, International Institutions and in Academia in various countries. Since 2011 he has dedicated himself to academic research at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal where he integrated the ALICE Project (ERC). He currently integrates the ECHOES project (Horizon 2020). He authored two books and a number of scientific articles.
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.
Angela Melchiorre (E.MA 1999-00) – Founder of Rights! and Academic Coordinator of Online Programmes for the Global Campus of Human Rights, Angela brings a wealth of human rights experience across sectors. In her previous academic roles she was Lecturer in Human Rights in International Politics at the University of Padua, Programme Director of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, and Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of London. Between 2010 and 2016 she was instructor for Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and guest lecturer at the Universities of Deusto-Bilbao, Oslo, Sevilla, Vienna, York. Angela has also experience in NGO work (ActionAid International), diplomacy (Italian Mission to the UN in Geneva and New York; EU Delegation in Geneva) and independent consultancies (UNESCO, UNICEF).
Michaël Merrigan (E.MA 2008-09) is a lawyer and a journalist based in Brussels. As a lawyer he focuses on Supreme Court litigation (Belgian Court of Cassation), and as a journalist on stories with a human rights dimension. He will soon defend his PhD dissertation at the University of Leuven, on the question of the relationship between individual rights and individual obligations, duties and responsibilities in the European human rights framework. Michaël 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). He is currently also vice-president of Amnesty International Belgium Flemish.
Elettra Repetto is a Doctoral Candidate at Central European University, an institution whose life is now torn between Austria and Hungary. As a political theorist, she writes about transnational civil disobedience, 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., Elettra 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.
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.
Sabrina Tucci is a human rights practitioner currently researching the labour and sexual exploitation of refugees and asylum seekers in the agricultural fields in Italy at University College London. Prior to that, she worked for several years at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International where, in her latest role, she was Amnesty’s Corporate Campaigner focusing on business and human rights. Sabrina has extensive field work experience in the MENA region, Africa and Europe. Among others, she served in Palestine as a human rights monitor and advocate on behalf of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Sabrina has published articles on different human rights issues in both academic journals and mainstream media. She holds a Master’s Degree in Refugee Studies from City, University of London.
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.
Editor-in-chief: Marcus Erridge