Prof. Dr. Carmen Márquez Carrasco
Since December 2007 Prof. Dr. Carmen Márquez Carrasco is the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) at the European Inter-university Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice, Italy. She was the Programme Director of the E.MA Programme during the a.y. 2005/2006, where she is also frequent lecturer.
At EIUC, Prof. Márquez Carrasco has developed and spearheaded international initiatives to increase the visibility of democracy (The EIUC Photo Competition Visualising Democracy) in and out the EU partner universities. In February 2007 Prof. Márquez Carrasco was co-director of the first international conference on the new human rights diplomacy. She is also a Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of Seville. Prof. Márquez Carrasco holds a Ph. D. in Law from the University of Seville. She has also coordinated a Master’s degree on Development and Humanitarian Action at the International University of Andalucia and another Master’s degree on International Criminal Jurisdiction. Prof. Márquez Carrasco has been one of the advisers for human rights issues for the Spanish Commission for the Assistance to Refugees (CEAR). Prof. Márquez Carrasco has also worked as consultant for the Institute of Human Rights of Catalonia. Her academic work has focused on international criminal law and questions related to the maintenance of international peace and security. She is the author of more than forty publications dealing with human rights, peace and security, codification and development of international law and international criminal law.
Dr. Angela Melchiorre
E.MA Programme Director
Tel: +39 041 2720937
Dr. Angela Melchiorre is the Programme Director of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).
Before returning to EIUC, Dr. Melchiorre worked as Research Coordinator for the Right to Education Project within ActionAid International, as Lecturer in Human Rights at the University of London and as Human Rights Advisor for the Italian Permanent Mission at the UN in Geneva and New York. In her personal capacity, she also worked as a consultant for the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education Prof. Katarina Tomaševski, UNESCO-IBE, and UNICEF-Italy.
Dr. Melchiorre’s areas of expertise are children’s rights, the right to education, and the UN human rights system. She is the author of At what age… are school-children employed, married and taken to court?, a worldwide comparative analysis of minimum ages under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As a spin-off from this work, she wrote her PhD thesis on child marriage and the CRC.
Dr. Melchiorre’s history with the E.MA Programme speaks by itself of her commitment: she graduated from the course in 2000, worked as E.MA tutor in 2000/2001, was awarded the E.MA Internship in 2001, participated in the E.MA Fellowship in 2003 and acted as Geneva liaison officer for the E.MA Fellowship in 2004.
Mr. Alan Desmond
Tel: +39 041 2720918
Alan Desmond is the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Law for the academic year 2013/2014. In this role he liaises with E.MA Professors and students and teaches Rolling Seminars and Legal Support classes.
Alan is currently completing his Ph.D in University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. His doctoral research, funded by the Faculty of Law, UCC and the Irish Research Council, investigates the situations in which irregular migrants in the EU may have a right to a legal status. During the course of his Ph.D Alan has been a Visiting Researcher at Warsaw University, Harvard Law School and UCLA School of Law and undertook an internship with the Brussels-based NGO, PICUM (Platform for International Coooperation on Undocumented Migrants).
His primary research and teaching interests lie in the fields of EU law, international law and the ethics of immigration. Before embarking on his doctoral studies, Alan taught Irish in Poland at the Catholic University of Lublin and Adam Mickiewicz University. He has also written a number of award-winning Irish language books.
Ms Manuela Torri
E.MA Executive Assistant
Manuela Torri is the E.MA Executive Assistant. She has been involved in E.MA activities since 2007, working in particular with the EIUC Financial Department. She previously worked and studied in the UK where she obtained her BA Degree in Arts and Tourism Management, followed by a Master’s Degree in Arts and Heritage management.
Manuela joined the E.MA Executive Team in April 2012. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting E.MA students during the enrollment phase as well as over the entire academic year.
Ms Silvia Del Fabbro
E.MA Executive Officer
(on maternity leave)
Tel: +39 041 2720918
Silvia Del Fabbro is the E.MA Executive Officer. In her role she assists the E.MA staff in the daily administrative and academic activities and Non-EU students in the enrolment phase. Silvia holds an MA in International Peace and Security and a post-graduate diploma in Geopolitics and Analysis of International Relations.
Before joining the E.MA Programme in December 2009, she worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International as Research and Campaign Assistant and collaborated with British Irish Rights Watch. She has a deep interest in the history and evolution of conflict and the issue of war in the media age.