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 electoral Technical Assistance and Electoral Observation worldwide. After his Civil Service as Legal Assistant in an Immigration Center (91-93) and following his Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Genova, he has coordinated development programmes in Bosnia Herzegovina (1997-1999) and emergency relief projects in Albania.

He has supervised elections and provided technical assistance on behalf of OSCE, IFES and EU, by providing coaching to the Electoral Management Bodies, to the local political parties and the local NGOs in caring on civic and voter education. He was Head of the OSCE Antifraud Unit during the 2004 general Assembly election. On behalf of the EU he has observed several electoral cycles in Africa, Asia, Central and South America covering different position and roles, as an Observer and as member of the Core Team.

 
 

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Alice Colombi

Media 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 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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Armin Rabitsch

Chairperson of Election-Watch.EU

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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