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Riccardo Luporini's research deals with the intersections between climate change, disasters and human rights under international law. 

Riccardo is serving as course tutor and key teaching staff member at the Advance Training Course on "European and International Human Rights Standards in Disaster Settings" (EIHRSDS), offered in the framework of a Jean Monnet Module led by Prof Emanuele Sommario and co-funded by the European Union. 

Currently, Riccardo is focusing on human rights-based climate litigation, and to this end he is also national rapporteur for Italy at the global climate litigation database of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (Columbia University in the City of New York).

Riccardo obtained a PhD from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna with a research project dealing with climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction from a human rights perspective. 

Previously, he served as Assistant to the Special Rapporteur on the topic "Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters" at the 68th session of the International Law Commission of the United Nations. He worked as a Blue Book Trainee at DG ECHO, European Commission, where he dealt with the implementation of the rescEU initiative. He has been Visiting PhD Fellow at the Centre for International Law and Governance (CILG) and at the Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), University of Copenhagen.



  • Climate change, disasters and human rights under International Law
  • Climate change litigation
  • Flood risk management and implementation of the EU Floods Directive in Italy