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Emanuele Sommario is presently Associate Professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (Italy). Since 2018 he is the Director of the Scuola's Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management.

He holds a PhD in International Law from the Scuola Sant’Anna, an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Degree in Political Science from the University of Pisa (all awarded with honours). From January to May 2010 he has been Excellence Fellow at the International Law Department of the University of Geneva. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he has been Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 he has been Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

His main interests lay in Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, the International Law on the use of force, Collective Security Law and International Disaster Law, and he is the author of several scholarly works on the above topics, which he teaches at under- and post-graduate level. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been unit coordinator of the International Disaster Law Project, a joint research endeavour financed by the Italian Ministry for University and Research. Between September 2020 and September 2023 he has been the coordinator of a Jean Monnet Module on European and International Human Rights Standards in Disaster Settings. Starting from October 2023 he holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European and International Human Rights Standards in Conflicts and Disasters. Since November 2023 he is also the Principal Investigator for the PRIN 2022 (Projects of Relevant National Interest) study on Health Emergencies and Legal Preparedness, managed with the University of Bologna.

He is a member of the Italian Society of International and EU Law, of the International Law Association (ILA) and of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. He is a member of the ILA Committee on Human Rights in Times of Emergency, as well as the co-editor Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill) and  a member of the Editorial Committee of the and of The Italian Review of International and Comparative Law (Brill).

As from 2000, he is Programme Officer at the International Training Programme for Conflict Management of the Scuola Sant’Anna. He served in several Electoral Observation Missions and was engaged in training activities for the personnel of international, governmental and non-governmental organisations in Europe, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

He speaks Italian, German and English.


  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law on the use of force
  • International Disaster Response Law



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