Our team is led by the master’s program director and is comprised of academic and administrative staff members. They ensure smooth implementation of the programme including coordination of teaching faculty, student support during the Venice-based semester and the mobility semester, and compliance with policies and regulations.
EMA Programme Director
Dr. Orla Ní Cheallacháin
Dr Orla Ní Cheallacháin joined the Global Campus as EMA Programme Director in 2021. She is responsible for the operational and academic management of the programme, student support, and liaison with the network of EMA professors and other stakeholders.
She is also responsible for teaching the International Relations Rolling Seminar, academic skills, research methods and thesis proposal workshops in addition to other teaching contributions throughout the first semester.
Orla holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from University College Dublin, an MSc (Econ) in Terrorism and International Relations from Aberystwyth University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research Skills with a specialism in researching violently divided societies from the University of Ulster. She holds a BA in History and Language and Cultural Studies (Italian) from University College Cork.
Orla’s doctoral research comprised a critical discourse analysis of emergency counterterrorism debates in the United Kingdom with a view to understanding the politics of crisis legislating over time and how human rights are protected during times of crisis. The project analysed how terrorism was conceptualised by the legislature when introducing, renewing or expanding counterterrorism law and examined the legislature’s role in the normalisation of emergency powers. The project compared conceptualisations of terrorism during the Northern Ireland conflict and the so-called ‘global war on terror’. She is currently working on several articles informed by her doctoral research.
Orla’s research interests include critical approaches to International Relations and security studies, including feminist approaches, the role of gender in peace and conflict, issues of global justice in relation to the climate and biodiversity crises, and how different ‘ways of knowing’, including the arts, inform knowledge production and expertise.
Before joining the Global Campus, Orla taught courses on International Relations, critical security studies, and gender, peace and conflict at University College Dublin and provided teaching assistance on a range of courses including political theory, comparative politics and research methods. In addition, she worked as a Writing Instructor at the UCD Writing Centre providing tuition on academic writing skills, critical thinking and postgraduate thesis support.
Dr. Chiara Altafin leads various research-based activities and projects at the Global Campus Headquarters, with a primary focus on strengthening research, education, training, network-building and advocacy for the rights of children.
She has also worked as EMA Fellow for the EMA Programme since September 2015, and in this role lectures on topics related to human rights, International and European law, coordinates and teaches in the Cluster on Children’s Rights, and conducts academic skills and thesis proposal workshops.
She holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, a Master’s in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University, and graduated cum laude at the Law Department of Roma Tre University. She was a visiting research scholar at the Center for International and Comparative Law of the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.
Currently she is leading a project on Independent Children's Rights Institutions as well as the UN Global Study component of the ACRiSL project ‘Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation’. She is one of the editors of GC Human Rights Preparedness. Previously she edited the GCHRJ’s first special focus on children’s rights. She also coordinated the EMA research contribution to the Global Classroom 2020 focusing on children deprived of liberty. In 2018-2019 she was lead researcher on the situation of ‘children living in prisons with their primary caregivers’ for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. In 2016-2017 she was senior researcher on the FP7 FRAME project.
Her main research interests are: children’s rights; economic, social and cultural rights in times of crisis, including in contexts of armed conflict and occupation; business and human rights; social justice; environmental justice; and governance.
Over the last twelve years she has worked as lecturer and research and teaching assistant in International Organization and Human Rights, Human Rights and International Protection, International Law, International Protection of Cultural Heritage, and International Criminal Law at LUISS University, where she also was a member of the Research Team on the FP7 PRIV-WAR project. She conducted research and editorial activities for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She worked as a trainee lawyer at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome and has been admitted to the Italian Bar.
Daniela La Mattina started working for the Global Campus in 2018. In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA students for what concerns certificates, logistics and administrative issues. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting EMA students during the enrolment phase as well as over the entire academic year.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa. Prior to joining EIUC, she spent three years at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, working in a project aimed at promoting social mobility in education.
She previously worked in the field of democracy support at the European Parliament, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the Italian Embassy in the Republic of Congo.
Sara started working for the Global Campus in 2020. She liaises with partner universities, professors and students for what concerns certificates, general enquiries about the EMA Programme’s structure and other administrative procedures. She is also responsible for managing the GCHR EU-UN Fellowship Programmes and EMA Internships.
Before joining the GC, Sara worked as an office assistant at Telenergy, a company engaged in renewable energies and photovoltaic installations. She previously spent one year in Brussels studying at the University of Saint-Louis and working as a social work team assistant for Fédasil, a refugee centre for unaccompanied minors.
After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the University of Padova, she conducted an internship as a legal and advocacy officer for minority rights at the NGO Global Human Rights Defence located in The Hague.
Elisabetta Zennaro started working for the Global Campus in 2008. She dealt with all departments and assisted guests, students and staff members with all kinds of enquiries. She joined the EMA Team in June 2016. In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA professors and students for all that concerns meetings, certificates and academic records.
She also assists the EMA Programme Director and collaborates with the EMA staff on executive tasks. She deals with students’ records, careers, diplomas, and she is in charge of managing the EMA Internships and EIUC EU-UN Fellowship Programmes.
She previously spent two years in London, UK, working and studying English, photography and attended a Galileo Travel Consultant course; she also spent a year in Zaragoza, Spain, for a study project organized by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Stefania started working for GC Europe / EMA in 2001. She literally built the library from scratch and developed it through the years as a highly specialized research library. In parallel, she has continuously adopted new technology aimed at enhancing access and usability.