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. Pietro Sullo
E.MA Programme Director
Tel: +39 041 2720937
Dr. Pietro Sullo holds a Ph.D. from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, where he has defended a thesis entitled Genocide and Transitional Justice in Rwanda: Gacaca Courts and the Search for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation (currently in the pipeline for publication, Intersentia Publishers). His research areas include international law, international human rights law, international criminal law (with a particular emphasis on genocide) and transitional justice.
Dr. Sullo previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, where he joined the Africa Projects in January 2011. At the MPI Heidelberg, he has been member of the overarching ‘Global Knowledge Transfer’ initiative, which, among others, provides legal support to post-conflict societies seeking to establish state structures based on the rule of law and democratic principles. Thus he was involved in the Africa Team’s “Sudan Project”, which provides the Government of Sudan and South Sudan with legal expertise on a wide range of legal issues – such as human rights, constitutional transitions and security sector reforms – and works towards strengthening legal education and training institutions through workshops.
At the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg he was also in charge of coordinating the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment, an interdisciplinary research cluster based on the cooperation of four Max Planck Institutes, namely MPI Halle (Social Anthropology), MPI Frankfurt (Legal History), MPI Heidelberg (International Law) and MPI Freiburg (International and Comparative Criminal Law). Following his graduation in law from the Ateneo Federico II of Naples, he has conducted extensive overseas research activities in Germany, Morocco, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia and the United States of America. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor in History of Justice at the Faculty of Law of the Ateneo Federico II in Naples, Italy.
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.
Mr. Athanasios Stathopoulos
Tel: +39 041 2720919
Athanasios is currently completing his PhD in the University of St Andrews. His doctoral research investigates the processes of state building in conditions of ‘state failure’ in sub-Saharan Africa and the ways territorial restructuring in weak states can have a positive effect on democratisation and human security.
As part of his thesis, Athanasios has conducted fieldwork research in Somaliland, funded by the Russell Trust Awards.
He has also contributed as a guest lecturer and a tutor in the School of International Relations in the University of St Andrews. His main research interests include state failure, sovereignty and statebuilding.
Ms Lucia Fanicchi
E.MA Executive Officer
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
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.