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Board of Editors
María Barreiro (E.MA 2014-2015) – Maria works as an independent writer and editor in the field of human rights and international issues. She has had experience in managing communications, research and publications for various NGOs and publishing companies in Spain, New Zealand and Luxembourg. María holds a Bachelor´s Degree in International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid. In her work, María focuses on the field of Gender studies and Equality, in which she is currently completing a Master’s degree, with issues related to feminist movements being her primary area of interest.
Paolo Biondi (E.MA 2010-2011) – Paolo currently is a PhD Candidate at the University of London (SAS), a freelance consultant and an academic editor for the RLI Working Paper and the IALS Student Law Review in London. Previously, he worked for the UNHCR Bureau for Europe, the European Parliament, the Migration Policy Centre (EUI), UNHCR Liaison Office to EASO, UNHCR Liaison Office to OSCE and Vienna-based UN Agencies.
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. 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.
Cristiano Gianolla (E.MA 2007-2008) – 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.
Lenka Homolkova (E.MA 2010-2011) – Lenka currently works as Election Adviser to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan. Previously, she worked as governance and human rights consultant with various international organisations, including the EU, OSCE/ODIHR and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She observed or provided support to electoral processes in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2015, she was part of the Core Team of the EU EOM to Burundi as Legal and Human Rights Analyst. Lenka is enrolled into a Ph.D. program in Political Science focusing on elections and stability in Western Africa.
Angela Melchiorre (E.MA 1999-2000) – Currently 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).
Vito Todeschini (E.MA 2011-2012) – Vito 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.
Shamanth Vohra (E.MA 2016-2017) completed bachelors in Computer Science and Philosophy in Luxembourg. His main focus of study are economic rights especially in relation to the right to work and precarisation as well as democratic theory. Shamanth is particularly interested in civic republicanism as it relates to the notion of a common good, civic virtues, and political equality understood as participation in government. At the moment he is working as an independent writer and is preparing for a PhD in political science.
Editor(s)-in-chief: Angela Melchiorre, Vito Todeschini