Curriculum Vitae


09/2011 – 01/2016
Ph.D in Law, Law School, University of York

1999 – 2000
Master of Law in Comparative Laws (LL.M.), University of San Diego, California, U.S.A.

1992 – 1998
Law degree (Laurea in giurisprudenza), Universitá di Pavia, Italy

Professional Activities/Teaching

09/2018 – ongoing
Research Fellow, Department 'Law & Anthropology', Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

02/2014 – 08/2018
Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

09/2015 – 03/2016
Visiting researcher,  Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

01/2016 - 05/2016
Associate lecturer in European Law, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

11/2005 – 12/2010
Immigration solicitor, Turpin & Miller Solicitors, Oxford, UK

2003 –2005
Immigration attorney, Law Offices of Jan Austerlitz, Berkeley, California, USA

2003 - 2006
Volunteer mentor attorney, Civil Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, California, USA

2002 – 2003
Immigration attorney, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, California, USA

05/2001 – 12/2001
Law clerk, Protection & Advocacy, Oakland, California, USA

09/2002 – 12/2002
Law intern, American Civil Liberties Union, San Diego, California, USA


Erasmus scholarship, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Presentations at Conferences, Workshops, and other invited Talks

February 2020
Paper: “A Discussion on Critical Issues in Refugee Law”, Workshop, Oxford Brookes University, UK (19 February 2020).

October 2019
Paper: “Humanitarian Visas: the Case-Study of Italy’”, “Workshop: “‘The Zero-Sum Game of Migration in Europe: 20 Years after Tampere’ Workshop, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK (15 October 2019).

November – December 2018
Paper: “Legal and Anthropological Approaches to Refugee Law’”,  Workshop: “The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology”, Berlin, Germany (30 November – 2 December 2018).

September 2018
Book presentation: “The implementation of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons across EU States”, Conference: “Boundary Crossing”, University of Winchester, UK,  (3-4 September 2018).

May 2018
Paper: “Protected Entry Through Humanitarian Visas and Corridors in Italy”,  Workshop: “Humanitarian Visas and the External Dimensions of the EU Migration and Asylum Policy”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany (17-18 May 2018).

October 2017
Seminar: “Children, their Right to a Nationality and Statelessness”,  University of Hamburg, Germany (22 October 2017).

February  2017
Training for practitioners: “Statelessness and Immigration Detention”, London, UK (16 February 2017).

May 2017
Report presentation: “Arbitrary Detention of Stateless Persons in the UK”, Conference: “European Network on Statelessness”, Budapest, Hungary (3 – 5 May 2017)

October 2016
Report launch: “Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the UK”,  Garden Court Chambers, London, UK (10 October 2016).

October 2016
Seminar: “Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the UK”, University of York, York, UK (9 October 2016)

June 2016
Paper: “Barriers to Access Protection for Stateless Persons in the UK”,  Conference: ‘From Fortress Europe to Sanctuary Europe’, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, Oxford, UK  (17 and 18 June 2016).

October 2015
Paper: “Freedom of movement and right to asylum”,  Conference: “Offshored. Exploring the Hidden Dynamics of Globalization”, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK (22 October 2015).

September 2015
Paper: “The Application and Interpretation of the Definition of “Stateless Person”,  Workshop, European Network on Statelessness, Strasburg, France (21 – 23 September 2015).

March 2015
Seminar: “Statelessness Determination Procedures and Status in Selected EU States”,  Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK (4 March 2015).

June 2016
Seminar: “Statelessness: an Overview”,  University of York, York, UK (29 February 2012).

June 2010
Paper: “The EU Directive Laying Down Minimum Standards for the Reception of Asylum Seekers: Implementation in the United Kingdom”,  Workshop: “Third Country Nationals versus EU Citizens: Discrimination Based on Nationality and the Equality Directives” Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK (28 June 2010).

Membership in Professional Associations

May 2006 - Law Society of England and Wales, UK

January 2003 - New York Bar, New York, USA


Italian: Native speaker
English: Fluent
Spanish: Fluent
French: Intermediate
German: Basic

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