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I'm a PhD candidate in Law at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies specializing in disaster displacement. I actively collaborate in the Environmental Migration Hub within the Institute's DREAM Research Area, and in 5 (supra)national research projects on migration and asylum. I'm also Visiting Scholar at the Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Copenhagen, where I'm conducting focus-specific research on disaster displacement, trafficking in persons, and harmful environmental activities.
Moreover, I serve as external peer reviewer for UNESCO, as Contributor to the UNICEF Guiding Principles for children on the move in the context of climate change, and as Co-ordinating Committee Member of the Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law of the European Society of International Law.
Since June 2022, I have been appointed as Expert in International Protection and Human Rights at the Territorial Commission (first-instance competent authority) in Milan to determine the need for, and if so to provide, international and national protection statuses to claimants in Italy.
In 2021/2022, I was Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University as well as at the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division of IOM Regional Office in Vienna. Prior to that, I served as Human Rights and Migrant Protection Focal Point at UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and collaborated with numerous universities in the development of EU-funded projects on migration, asylum, sustainable development and human rights, including the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice and the University of Bologna, where I also worked as Supervisor, Tutor and Project Assistant. I obtained my Master's Degree in International Cooperation and the Protection of Human Rights cum laude from the same University.
My PhD project seeks to elaborate an alternative approach to international and EU refugee law in order to make them responsive to current protection needs, including those stemming from disaster displacement, and ultimately serve their purposes. Both displacement due to (potential/occurred) disasters and harmful environmental activities are examined. My research interests also encompass international and EU migration and asylum law and policy, migration governance, trafficking in persons, human and State's vulnerability, climate change, and migrant children's rights.
Lectures and conferences.
- 11 February 2022. CasaComune. Diritti della Terra / Diritto alla Terra. Migrazioni a carattere ambientale: sfide, opportunità e prospettive.
- 22 November 2022. European University Institute, The Climate Changes, Should EU Migration Law Change As Well? Insights from Italy.
- 28 October 2022. Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. So innovative yet so overlooked: Italy's legal and judicial responses to migration in the context of climate change.
- 6 July 2022. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Seasonal School on Climate Change and International Law. Legal and Judicial Responses to Environmental Migration.
- 24 June 2022. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Summer School on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Migrant Children in the EU: Migrant Children's Right to Development.
- 23 June 2022. Study Centre for Environmental Challenges of the University of Padua, Multidisciplinary Training Workshop for PhD students on environmental challenges: What are the political and legal solutions to environmental and climate migration?
- 20 June 2022. Lebanese American University. Refugees beyond the headlines. Navigating emerging and protracted challenges: The Role of the EU in managing migration crises in Ukraine and Belarus, with Francesca Biondi Dal Monte.
- 6 June 2022. Fondazione ISMU. Immigrazione e disabilità: Conoscenze, politiche e (buone) pratiche. A che punto siamo?: Quale protezione per le persone con disabilità in contesti di crisi? La prospettiva del diritto della disabilità e di asilo.
- 1 June 2022. Università di Messina, Accoglienza e cittadinanza: una sfida difficile: La crisi ucraina: impatto e ricadute sul sistema di accoglienza.
- 31 May 2022. Scuola Sant’Anna, International Conference on Environmental Migration under the spotlight: Legal and policy responses, individual and collective dimensions of a global phenomenon: Assessing the evidence of forced environmental migration and environmental victimhood: The Omo-Turkana case-study, with Stefano Porfido
- 30 May 2022. Scuola Sant’Anna, International Conference on Environmental Migration under the spotlight: Legal and policy responses, individual and collective dimensions of a global phenomenon: The principle of non-refoulement and environmental migration: A legal analysis of regional protection instruments.
- 30 May 2022. Scuola Sant’Anna, International Conference on Environmental Migration under the spotlight: Legal and policy responses, individual and collective dimensions of a global phenomenon: Legal challenges and gaps in the context of environmental migration, with Francesca Biondi Dal Monte
- 27 April 2022. Sant'Anna School, Giornatà della Solidarietà 2022: La Costituzione come fondamento di una partecipazione consapevole e punto di partenza per il perseguimento degli obiettivi comuni di sviluppo sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030: Unione europea, Italia e immigrazione: Oltre le apparenze.
- 26 April 2022. Sant’Anna School, MARS Seminar, The current and forgotten migration plights: Ukraine, Belarus and Afghanistan: The EU emergency response to the migration plight at the EU-Belarus border.
- 14 April 2022. Associazione Nazionale Mutilati E Invalidi Civili (ANMIC) e Scuola Sant’Anna, I nuovi orizzonti del diritto della disabilità: La condizione del migrante con disabilità in contesti di crisi.
- 12 April 2022. European University Institute – Università di Firenze, EU Talk-Dialoghi sul Futuro dell’Europa: Il nuovo patto su migrazione e asilo – opportunità e profili critici.
- 11 April 2022. Scuola Sant'Anna, La riforma costituzionale in tema di ambiente. Quale impatto su migrazione e asilo?
- 5 April 2022. Università degli Studi di Salerno, Migrazioni internazionali. La crisi dei rifugiati ucraini come banco di prova di riforme mancate: Il Nuovo Patto su Migrazione e Asilo: Quali strumenti di gestione della vulnerabilità e delle attuali crisi migratorie?
- 31 March 2022. Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism: Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration and Global Compact on Refugees
- 28 March 2022. University La Sapienza of Rome, Dialoghi sull’Europa: Il ruolo della Convenzione di Aarhus nel tutelare l’attivismo ambientale dei giovani in UE.
- 23 March 2022. Scuola Sant’Anna, Instant seminar. La protezione delle persone in fuga dall’Ucraina: Scenari europei e nazionali.
- 18 March 2022. Next Generation Research. La prospettiva della Next Generation sul Next Generation EU: Un’analisi interdisciplinare del PNRR italiano. Dal diritto allo studio al trasferimento tecnologico with Claudia Schettini.
- 10 March 2022. Training course - DEMETRA project, Scuola Sant'Anna and ASGI "Il contrasto allo sfruttamento lavorativo: attori, strumenti e percorsi di tutela". Sfruttamento lavorativo e modelli di intervento: scenario internazionale e scenari nazionali a confronto.
- 9 March 2022. DIRPOLIS Institute's Quick Reaction Seminar "The War in Ukraine: an International Law Perspective": Forced migration flows, within and beyond Ukraine: The duties of States of reception.
- 28 February 2022. Winter School "Environmental Migration in International Legal and Policy Frameworks" organized by DIRPOLIS Institute and Institute for Migration Studies at Lebanese American University: The Impact of Climate Change on Migration Patterns.
- 24 February 2022. FAIR PLUS Advanced Course "The EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. Proposals, state of negotiations and impact on the Italian legal order": The other vulnerable groups in the Pact on migration and asylum.
- 3 February 2022. Lebanese American University - Institute for Migration Studies’ “Movement and Safety” Webinar Series: Environmental Migration at the International Level: What's there, what's not, what's needed?
- 17 December 2021. MARS Seminar: Quali standard di protezione per le migrazioni ambientali? Alcune riflessioni a partire dalla recente giurisprudenza (sovra)nazionale.
- 14-15 December 2021 Sirio Advanced Training Course "Immigrazione, asilo e accesso ai servizi”: Immigrazione e asilo: fonti internazionali e diritto dell’Unione europea
- 8 November 2021. ADiM Young Researchers Lab – Peer to Peer Discussions: Il principio di non respingimento e la migrazione ambientale nel diritto internazionale
- 8 September 2021. Pre-ESIL Annual Conference "The Evolution of the Principle of non-refoulement in International Law: What Role for New Types of International Law-Making?”: The Principle of Non-refoulement in the Context of Environmental Degradation
- 23 June 2021. Jean Monnet Module MARS Summer School "Family life and rights of migrant children in the European Union": The impact of Covid-19 on families, children’s rights and their well-being
- 31 May – 4 June 2021. Shaping Fair Cities International Summer School on Migration & Sustainable Development: Environment, climate change and migration: What is the nexus?
- 15-16 April 2021. Pre-conference ESIL Interest Group Event “Understanding solidarity under international and EU refugee law: between a rock and a hard place?”: Relocating the “most” vulnerable only: The latest symptom of EU irrecoverable solidarity
- 17 March 2021. FocusEnvironment Research Group - Sant'Anna School: Recognition and protection of environmental migrants in international law: A long-lasting swing between urgency and postponement
- 25 February 2021.“A confronto diretto con la giurisprudenza”: La solidarietà alimentare in tempi di Covid-19
- 3-4 November 2020. UNICEF and IOM’s Symposium Climate Mobility and Children: Climate change, displacement, and children’s rights: The case of Syria
3 August 2022: Winner of the New Voices Prize awarded by European Journal of Legal Studies for the best article of 2021/2022
January 2022: Nominated Expert in Migration Law by the University of Pisa (2022-2024).