Who's Who

Ria Wolleswinkel

E.MA Chairperson

After receiving her PhD in 1997 Ria Wolleswinkel was appointed Associate Professor of Women and Law. She worked at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights and the Centre of Gender and Diversity. Since 2005 she is Director of Studies of the Faculty of Law.

In research her main focus is family rights of prisoners and their families from a gender perspective. She wrote her PhD thesis on Women in Detention and their right to family life (1997). Afterwards she also published on the rights of children of imprisoned parents. She has been one of the founders of the European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS) in Paris and became the chairperson of EUROCHIPS from 2000-2005.

In the field of education she coordinated several introductory courses in law, both at the Faculty of Law and at the University College in Maastricht. Besides that she coordinated a postgraduate interdisciplinary course on “Victims in Criminal Law” and gave negotiation and mediation skills. In 2005 she became Director of Studies. In that position she gives workshops about problem based learning and educational quality control management, f.e. in Indonesia at Udayana University in Denpasar and at University Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.


Dr. Andraž Zidar

E.MA Programme Director
Tel: +39 041 2720937
Email: andraz.zidar@eiuc.org

Andraž Zidar holds a PhD in international law form the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), a master's degree in human rights and democratization (University of Padua) and a university degree in law (University of Ljubljana).

Before joining EIUC, Andraž was the Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, Director-General (Legal Adviser) for International Law and Protection of Citizens at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia (MFA), a human rights diplomat at the MFA and Mission of Slovenia to the UN Office in Geneva, legal counsellor at the Ministry of the Interior of Slovenia, and a lecturer on international and constitutional criminal law at the European School of Law in Nova Gorica.

His area of expertise covers human rights, international law, international criminal law, global health law, international organisations and international adjudication. His publications include books 'Lustration: Removal of Opponents of Democracy from Public Positions' (author), ‘Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court’ (co-editor) and ‘The Law of Treaties: Handbook, Articles and Documents’ (co-editor), as well as articles on international law, human rights, diplomacy and international relations. Andraž is also Editor-in-chief of a Slovenian book series in international law and a Visiting Lecturer in International Law and International Humanitarian Law at Regent's University London.

Dr. Chiara Altafin

E.MA Fellow
E-Mail:  chiara.altafin@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720919

Chiara Altafin is the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Law for the academic year 2015/2016.

She holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute (EUI), an LL.M in Comparative, European and International Law from the EUI, a Master’s Degree in Rule of Law, Democracy and Human Rights from LUISS University, and a Master of Laws (LL.M, cum laude) from Roma Tre University.

Her doctoral dissertation examines the role, function and adequacy of public international law to deal with civilians’ access to, enjoyment and progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights as controversially affected during and in the aftermath of contemporary scenarios of armed conflict and contexts of occupied territories.

Over the last eight years Chiara has worked as research and teaching assistant to the chairs of International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights and International Protection, International Organizations and Human Rights, at the Departments of Law and of Political Science of LUISS University in Rome. Chiara was member of the LUISS research team for the 7FP PRIV-WAR Project on “Regulating privatisation of ‘war’: the role of the EU in assuring the compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights”. She has also conducted research and editorial activities for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, in particular concerning contemporary piracy, the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, coercive diplomacy and sanctions in international law. Before passing the Italian Bar Exam, she worked as a lawyer trainee at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome.

Dr. Wiebke Lamer

E.MA Fellow
Tel: +39 041 2720920
E-Mail: wiebke.lamer@eiuc.org


Wiebke Lamer is the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Relations for the academic year 2015/2016.

Ph.D. in International Studies, Old Dominion University
M.Sc. in U.S. Foreign Policy, School of Advanced Study, University of London
M.A. in International Relations, University of Leicester
B.A. in American Studies & Media Studies, De Montfort University

Wiebke’s doctoral dissertation examines the treatment of press freedom in the international human rights framework, specifically at the UN. Her current research interests include communication rights, international organizations, and the global politics of press freedom, with emphasis on the role of the media and NGOs in promoting freedom of the press as a human right.

Wiebke is originally from Germany, but over the past 14 years has lived, worked and studied in the UK, Ireland and the United States. In the U.S. she taught several courses on International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics at universities in the Norfolk, Virginia area, freelanced for a local, educational non-profit organization, and interned for NATO’s Civil-Military Fusion Centre and Allied Command Transformation. Before embarking on her graduate studies, Wiebke worked as an online marketing specialist at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. 

Ms Lucia Fanicchi

E.MA Executive Officer

E-Mail: ema.secretariat@eiuc.org and lucia.fanicchi@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720922  

Lucia Fanicchi has studied in Venice, Berlin, Trento and Dresden. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Languages and History in 2005 in Venice and her master’s degree in English and German Literature in 2008 in Trento.
In the same graduation session she also obtained her German MA in Germanistik and Anglistik at the Technische Universität Dresden. After her graduation Lucia has lived in South Africa, working for the Italian Institute of Culture at the Italian Embassy in Pretoria. Lucia joined the E.MA Team in October 2011.

Ms Manuela Torri

E.MA Executive Assistant

E-Mails: ema.secretariat@eiuc.org and manuela.torri@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720922  

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.