Course dates:

22 - 27 February 2021

Registration deadline: 15 January 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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Cristina Castagnoli

European Parliament

Cristina Castagnoli

Cristina Castagnoli is currently Head of Unit in Democracy and Elections Actions Unit, DG EXPO at the European Parliament. She joined the Unit as administrator in 2015, and has previously worked in the EEAS as Principal Advisor in the Cabinet of HRVP Catherine Ashton (2011-2014) and as administrator in Policy Department Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, DG IPOL (2009-2011).

From 2007 to 2009 she was Member of Cabinet of Meglena Kuneva, Commissioner for Consumer Protection, from 2002 to 2006 she worked as administrator in the Civil liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and from 2000 to 2002 as political advisor in the ALDE group.

 
 

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Alice Colombi

Media and Digital Communications Expert

Alice Colombi

Alice is an international consultant in media analysis and social media monitoring with some 15 years’ experience in the field of elections, democracy and governance from across Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, Africa, Central and South America.

Registered publicist in the Italian Journalists’ professional Order since 2010, she has worked as a consultant and trainer with several Italian and international academic and private institutions, including Osservatorio di Pavia, institute specialized in mass media communication and international democratisation processes' analysis. She participated as a media and digital communications expert in 20 election observation missions with the EU and the OSCE/ODIHR, as well as technical assistance projects in South Sudan and Madagascar. Alice holds a degree in Foreign Languages and Intercultural Mediation.

 
 

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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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Magnus Ohman

Election Adviser

Vladimir Misev

Vladimir Misev has a background in political science. He has been working as an Election Adviser in ODIHR since 2015 and as an election consultant since 2004.

Vladimir worked as a lecturer of political science and as a researcher in a several think-tanks in the Balkan region. He has over 15 years’ experience in the field of democratization, research and management, and elections.

Vladimir has been part of more than 25 ODIHR missions in different countries in different capacities.

 
 

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Christian Morresi

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Christian Morresi

Christian Morresi is an Italian diplomat, currently serving at the CFSP/CSDP Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security. In his current position, among other things, he oversees the Italian participation to the EU Electoral Observation Missions.

He graduated in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University and got a Master in Diplomatic Studies at the Italian Society for the International Organization (SIOI – UNA Italy).

 
 

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Gianandrea Nelli Feroci

Election Expert

Gianandrea Nelli Feroci

Gianandrea Nelli Feroci joined The Carter Center in June 2017, where he manages the Center’s Democracy Program projects in Latin America focusing on electoral processes and reforms.

He has more than 13 years of experience in political economy analysis and management, specializing in democratic governance planning and implementation at regional and country levels in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

He has worked for international and multilateral organizations – including UNDP, UNOPS, and the EU – as well as for international NGOs Oxfam International, Christian Aid, and Agenfor International.

He has published articles on development policy issues in academic journals and magazines based in Argentina, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

Nelli Feroci has a master’s degree in modern and contemporary history from University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy; and University Complutense, in Madrid, Spain; and a master's degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he specialized in democratic transition processes in Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and Eastern Europe.

 
 

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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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