Course dates:

15 – 20 November 2021

Registration deadline: 29 October 2021

Lecturers and Experts

The Global Campus of Human Rights avails itself of a wide range of experts who have trained more than 400 future international electoral observers in the past seven years. In addition, among the pool of experts, presentations have been included by representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have given their patronage to the training course.

Demetrio Lazagna

Training Responsible

Demetrio Lazagna

Extensive experience in international relations particularly focused on Technical Assistance and Electoral Observation worldwide. After his Civil Service as Legal Assistant in an Immigration Center and following his Master Degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Genova, he has coordinated development programmes in Bosnia Herzegovina and emergency relief projects in Albania. He has provided strategic advice and direct technical assistance to National Stakeholders in transitional and sensitive political environments on behalf of EU, OSCE and IFES.

From 2000 he has designed, planned and executed elections observation missions worldwide and contributed to elections operations in the Balkans, West Africa, Middle East and North Arica, Central and South America, Southern Asia, providing managerial support, political analyses and punctual recommendations on reforming to national stakeholders.

He was Head of the OSCE Antifraud Unit during the 2004 General Assembly election. He worked for the foundation (IFES) in South Sudan as referendum adviser (2011) and in Tunis as elections operations adviser to the Libyan EMB (2014-2016).

Most recently, on behalf of EU, he was providing direct Technical Assistance to Electoral Management Bodies, National Civil Registries, Constitutional Assemblies and Civil Society organizations in Tunisia, Libya, Cambodia and Honduras contributing to fostering stakeholders dialogue and promoting institutional reforms based on sustainability and rights.

From 2012 he is the scientific coordinator of training course on International Election Observation at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice.

 
 

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Silvia de Félix

Election Observation Expert

Silvia de Félix

Graduate in Journalism from the University of Navarre (Spain) and Master's degree in European Union Affairs from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), Silvia de Félix has more than 15 years of professional experience in elections and election technical assistance.

She currently works as international consultant on media and elections for the European Union, the OSCE and the Carter Center. She has worked as core team expert on media and social media analysis, as well as on communication and public outreach activities in more than 25 electoral processes, mainly in Africa and Latin America. In recent months, she has been member of the Election Expert Mission deployed by the European Union to monitor Ecuador’s general elections.

 
 

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Charlemagne Gomez

Election Observation Expert

Charlemagne Gomez

Charlemagne Gomez has a degree in European Law and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the Global Campus of Human Rights. She is currently finalizing a second master’s degree in Evaluation of public policies and programs in Madrid.

She has over 17 years experience of working in democracy and gender mainly in a post-conflict setting. She has participated in over 25 election observation missions both as an observer as well as a core team member for the EU, OSCE, the Carter Center and a Dutch NGO.

She has also provided technical assistance to the Electoral Commissions of Afghanistan and South Sudan, the Human Rights Commission in South Sudan and worked as a Gender and Legal Advisor to the National Parliament of Timor-Leste. Since 2013 she has worked as freelance consultant, conducting trainings on election observation, female political participation and carries out evaluations of democratic governance projects and projects on gender on behalf of the UN, EU and other key international organizations working on these issues.

 
 

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Idrissa Kamara

Political/Electoral Affairs Officer

Idrissa Kamara

Idrissa Kamara currently serves as Political/Electoral Affairs Officer in the African Union Commission. He has over 16 years of professional experience in the management of electoral and democratic processes at the national and international level, including with the African Union Commission, the Carter Center, the International Republican Institute, and the UN in Timor Leste, Sudan, and Iraq.

He holds an MA degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Exeter in the UK, a BA degree in Political Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management from Helsinki Espana & The Human Rights Institute of Complutense University in Spain, as well as several professional certificates in electoral management, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

He is currently pursuing a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Peace Mediation at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. His interest areas are supporting the integrity of electoral processes, strengthening of election management bodies and political parties, preventive diplomacy, and conflict resolution.

 
 

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Jan Kaminek

Human Rights Lawyer

Jan Kaminek

Since 2002 Jan Kaminek has been working as a human rights lawyer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in Prague. His agenda includes civil and political rights, European Union’s human rights issues and human rights in Africa.

His favourite part of the agenda is democracy support including election related issues. Jan is the Focal Point for election observation, he participated as an election observer election observation missions especially in Africa.

He prepared several resolutions on Equal Political Participation adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. At the same time Jan is the Chairman of the Employee Organization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 
 

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Raul Muresan

ODIHR Project Coordinator "Support to Electoral Reforms in the Western Balkans"

Raul Muresan

Raul Muresan is a Romanian national and holds a degree in Sociology. He has over 20-year field and HQ progressive career, including extensive (management) experience in electoral operations, assistance and observation in 25 countries with UN, OSCE, EU and ODIHR.

He started as a journalist, then worked on civil affairs and democratic governance for UN and CSOs, participated in 25 ODIHR missions as Deputy Head of Mission, Team Leader, Election Analyst and Long-term Observers Co-ordinator, and worked in ODIHR Headquarters as Election Adviser. Since 2017, he is co-ordinating the ODIHR project Support to Electoral Reforms in the Western Balkans.

 
 

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Armin Rabitsch

Election Observation Expert

Armin Rabitsch

Armin is the chairperson and co-founder of Election-Watch.EU, a non-partisan CSO, which conducted the first comprehensive election assessment mission to the European Parliament elections, and is advocating for participatory electoral reforms and young voter education in the Europe.

Armin has been working on democratisation and strengthening human rights with a focus on electoral assistance, political assessment, human rights and conflict mitigation. Armin held various fixed-term assignments as IFES Country Director, OSCE/ODIHR Senior Election Adviser and UNDP Governance Analyst. He worked as democracy support & election expert in more than 30 countries (African, American, Arab, Asian, and Pacific) for various international organisations, most recently for a UNDP funded project on peace and conflict monitoring in Iraq. Armin is currently co-drafting a UNESCO/UNDP guide for electoral practitioners on elections & internet, social media, and AI.

Armin holds a PhD in international relations and an LL.M. in international Human Rights Law. He lectures on electoral assistance in Europe and abroad, within the Masters Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck/Austria, at Universities in Baghdad and Erbil/Iraq, as well as at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice/Italy.

 
 

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