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Human rights defenders play an essential role in the realisation of rights and promotion of equality. Not only do they fight for human rights in situations of oppression and abuse; they also act as monitors, drawing attention both of their respective communities and of the international community to otherwise neglected violations and threats. They assist victims in claiming their rights and contribute to holding those in power accountable, thereby combatting cultures of impunity which serve to cloak systematic and repeated breaches of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Furthermore, by linking the local level to the global and the global to the local, human rights defenders contribute to sustaining a circle of empowerment at all levels. New generations of human rights defenders naturally focus on the precarious situation of children and youth in all regions of the world and in this way help to reinvigorate the global human rights movement.
Prof. George Ulrich is the Program Director of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA).
He served as EIUC Secretary General from 2003 to 2009 and as Academic Coordinator / Program Director of EMA from 2001-2004.
Dr. Ulrich is thus intimately familiar with the Venice-based inter-university center and Master’s program and is excited to re-join the E.MA and EIUC family.From 1999-2001 he was Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
He obtained his Ph.D. as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds the degree of Cand. Mag. in Social Anthropology and History of Ideas from Aarhus University, Denmark. Among George Ulrich’s current research interests are issues related to the history and philosophy of human rights, human rights diplomacy, human rights and development cooperation, health and human rights, international medical ethics, and ethics for human rights professionals.
Kalliope Agapiou Josephides has a great interest, and a long experience in the nexus of human rights and gender equality. She served as Chair of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EU Agency), Vice-President of the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.
She is a founding member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network.
She has participated in and led several national and international research projects, including a European Parliament study on “Women’s Rights During Democratic Transitions”. She has served as academic convener/ speaker at high-level international events and has taught/ delivered lectures across Europe and around the world: e.g. France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Argentina, India, China, Australia…
Kalliope Agapiou Josephides holds a PhD in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne University. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus and the recipient of a Jean Monnet Chair (2001). She is the European Master Director for the University of Cyprus.
EU/EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender and on UNSCR 1325/WPS
Ambassador Mara Marinaki
Since September 2015, Ambassador Marinaki [Greece] is the first-ever Principal Advisor on Gender Issues and on the implementation on UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security at the European External Action Service (EEAS). Prior to this she was the EEAS Managing Director for Global and Multilateral Issues.
Previously, she served as the Greek Permanent Representative to the OSCE. Her diplomatic experience includes stints as MFA Director on Justice/Home Affairs and Migration Issues, Deputy Director at the MFA Balkans Department and the Dipl. Office of the Greek Prime Minister. She also served at the Greek Embassy in Washington DC and as Consul General in Berlin.
A law graduate of the University of Athens, she holds an LL.M in International Law from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, and a joint MA Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the JF Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School.
Dr. Chiara Altafin is Senior Researcher at the Global Campus of Human Rights and EMA Fellow specialising in International Law. Chiara holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, and a Master’s in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University.
Chiara has conducted research for various Global Campus projects and publications. Since 2018 Chiara has worked as lead researcher of the research group related to ‘children living in places of detention with their imprisoned parents in the context of the criminal justice system’, which is one of the six key areas of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty led by the Independent Expert Prof. Manfred Nowak. In this regard she inter alia wrote (jointly with M. Nowak) ‘Data collection, children of prisoners and the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty’ in European Journal of Parental Imprisonment 5 2017. She worked as EIUC senior researcher on the 7FP FRAME Project - “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies” (2013-2017). Follow-up publications include: ‘The normative framework of the EU’s commitment to Human Rights: the Treaties, the Charter, Member States Constitutional traditions, and International Law’ (jointly written with M. Nowak and K. Lucas) in The European Union and Human Rights: Law and Policy, J. Wouters, M. Nowak, A.M. Chané, N. Hachez (eds.) Oxford University Press 2019; ‘The new Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy at a time of human rights crises’ (jointly written with V. Haasz, K. Podstawa) inNetherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 35(2) 2017. The Global Campus Human Rights Journal has published her following articles (jointly written with W. Lamer): ‘Challenges to the EU in 2017: Brexit Implementation, Populism, and the Renewed Attempt at Advancing the Social Dimension of the European Integration Project’; ‘Referendums on the rise in Europe: Powerful tool of the populists or a step towards increased citizen participation in EU politics?’.
Chiara holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, and a Master’s in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University. She graduated cum laude at the Law Faculty 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. Her doctoral dissertation examined the role, function and adequacy of public international law to deal with civilians’ access to, enjoyment and progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights as controversially affected during and in the aftermath of contemporary scenarios of armed conflict and contexts of occupied territories. Particular attention was devoted to the normative responses advanced under international humanitarian law, in tandem with the functional development of other applicable international legal regimes such as international criminal law and international human rights law.
Over the last eleven years Chiara has worked as lecturer, 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 the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law of LUISS University. She was a member of the LUISS Research Team on the 7FP PRIV-WAR Project on “Regulating privatisation of ‘war’: the role of the EU in assuring the compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights” (2008-2011). Chiara has conducted research and editorial activities for Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, in particular concerning contemporary piracy, the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, coercive diplomacy and sanctions in international law. Before becoming a qualified lawyer before the Italian Bar Association, she worked as a trainee lawyer at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome (2005-2007).
Gender Equality Expert
Senior Gender Expert to the European Union Delegation in Brazil: good practices exchange regarding gender equality within the context of the Public Prosecution Service in Brazil.
Elaborating the final report based on five regional conferences in the country with the purpose of producing data on gender equality issues regarding women Public Prosecutors and Promotors.
Adjunct to the President of Socialist Women of the Portuguese Socialist Party: developing action plan for the 2018-2020 mandate of the President of Socialist Women, conferences, training, and country wide proximity route through all the Socialist Women Federations in Portugal; Elaborating a European Agenda on Equality for the structure of Socialist Women.
European Parliament - Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union
Stefan Krauss has been working in the European Parliament for ten years. Since 2015 Stefan serves the Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union where he is in charge of the following areas: Directorate for Democracy Support, Human Rights Action Unit, Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Sakharov Fellowship for Human Rights Defenders.
Stefan got a PHD in political science at the University of Regensburg in 1999. Later, he worked at the European Commission for five years before his first assignment at the Policy Department, Mediterranean and Arab Peninsula of the European Parliament.
Independent expert to the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights
Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law at Nottingham University School of Law, where she also co-directs the Human Rights Law Centre. She was elected to the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights in November 2016.
In 2018, she served on the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s UNCRC Working Group to input on the best model of incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law.
She has published extensively in the areas of human rights and constitutional law, particularly in relation to children's rights and economic and social rights. Professor Nolan has acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national organisations and bodies working on human rights issues, including numerous UN Special Procedures, UN treaty bodies, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, and multiple NHRIs and NGOs.
Her books include the prize-winning Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy & the Courts (Hart, 2011) and Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (CUP, 2014). She has held visiting positions at academic institutions in Europe, Africa, the US and Australia. She is an Academic Expert member at Doughty Street Chambers.
Dalila is responsible for implementing WITNESS’ global engagement strategy and oversees the production of WITNESS training resources and online platforms.
She has spent over a decade working with activists and NGOS in Germany, USA and Bosnia. Dalila is committed to cross-regional sharing of tools, tactics, and methodologies, and trains human rights defenders on digital security, video advocacy, and media ethics.
Global Campus Secretary General
In addition to his function as Secretary General of Global Campus, Manfred Nowak is Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Vienna (where he is head of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights and two human rights research centres, including the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, which he founded in 1992). In October 2016 he was appointed as UN Expert to lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
Aside from Vienna University, Manfred Nowak was Professor of International Law and Human Rights at various prestigious universities, such as Utrecht, Lund, Stanford and the Graduate Institute in Geneva and has published more than 600 books and articles in this field.
In the past, Manfred Nowak also carried out various expert functions for the UN, the Council of Europe, the EU and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Most importantly, he served for many years in various functions as UN Expert on Enforced Disappearances (1993 to 2006), as one of eight international judges in the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo (1996 to 2003), and as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004 to 2010).
Maria Teresa Pizarro Beleza
She is Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the new School of Law of NOVA (New University of Lisbon). She graduated in Law from the University of Coimbra and went on to Cambridge University for an M.Phil in Criminology.
Her PhD in Law was awarded by the University of Lisbon, where she has taught for many years before moving to NOVA in 1998. Her main fields of interest are Criminal Law and Procedure, Gender, Equality and Discrimination, Human Rights.
Non-academic affiliations include: Member of Public Prosecutors Governing Council (1996-2000); Vice-President of “Centro de Bem Estar Social”, Parish of Sesimbra, daycare center for children from 6 months up to 10 years of age (1997-2002); EU expert in EU-China and EU-Iran Dialogues on Human Rights (1999-2002); Member of the CPT (Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Council of Europe) in reference of Portugal (1999-2003).
Tammy Sheldon is Senior Project Manager at the Mukwege Foundation, where she coordinates SEMA, the Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence, a network that engages in international advocacy efforts to bring an end to wartime sexual violence and impunity.
The Mukwege Foundation amplifies the voices, concerns and needs of survivors through the SEMA network, whose members come from over twenty countries. The Foundation promotes survivor rights, including access to reparations and holistic care, which is an approach to health and humanitarian services developed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Mukwege that integrates medical, psychosocial, legal, and livelihood support for survivors. Prior to joining the Mukwege Foundation, Ms. Sheldon was lead organiser at Women’s March Netherlands, managing national strategy, developing partnerships, and advocating for women’s rights.
With a background in both private sector and non-profit project development and management, community outreach, and grassroots organising, Ms. Sheldon has always looked for ways to connect people while working toward social justice.