Venice School of Human Rights

Lecturers 2015

Scientific Director

Florence Benoît-Rohmer

Prof. Dr. Benoît-Rohmer took up the function as EIUC Secretary General on 1 January 2009.
Born in Strasbourg, Florence Benoît-Rohmer holds a PhD in Public Law.
President of the Université Robert Schuman (URS), Strasbourg, from 2003 to 2008, Florence Benoît-Rohmer is Professor at the Law Faculty in Strasbourg. She is Director of the Master programme in Human Rights at the University of Strasbourg and has served as Vice-President of EIUC from 2002 till 2008 and as French national director of the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) since its inception in 1997.
Prof. Benoît-Rohmer is acting as human rights expert for the Council of Europe, was member of the European Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights set up by the European Commission, and is currently the President of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU. She is also member of the scientific committees of several international journals specialised in human rights, and in particular minority rights.
Prof. Benoît-Rohmer’s research interests range from the study  of Fundamental Rights in the EU,  the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and other conventions, and Constitutional Law  including national minority rights.

Academic Responsibles

Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer

Cluster Responsible: Business and Human Rights

The President of EIUC is Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer since 2002 and he was the first Chairperson of the European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation from 1997 till December 2000. Prof. Dr. Fischer is Director of the Brussels Office of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2007. Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer He is Academic Director of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht/IFHV) at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany; Professor of International Humanitarian Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands and adjunct Professor at SIPA/Columbia University, New York. From 1996 to 2004 he was the General Editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. In 1999 he received a special price for outstanding performance in international university co-operation by the German Rectors Conference and the Ministry for Education and Research.

Prof. Dr. Fischer covers also the following other key posts in the area of human rights, humanitarian law, and humanitarian action:

  • Co-founder in 1993 and since 1999 President of the ECHO-funded NOHA-Association in Brussels, offering the NOHA Master which has been selected as an Erasmus Mundus programme in 2004;
  • Co-founder of the European University Network comprising of 60 universities 'HUMANET' focusing on issues of humanitarian activities;
  • Adviser for international affairs for the German Red Cross since 1986 and the Netherlands Red Cross since 2001; President of the Berghof Peace Foundation Board in Berlin since 2001;
  • Member of the Board of the German Red Cross since November 2009.

Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué

Cluster Responsible: Human Rights and New Technologies

Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué, is Honorary Director General of the Council of the European Union, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg – of which he was President from 1983 till 1990 (at the time Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg). Within EIUC he is member of the Board of Administrators since 2010. Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué, in addition to his academic career within the University of Strasbourg, holds Visiting Professorships and research positions in several other prestigious institutions, including the College of Europe - Bruges, the European College of Parma, The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) in Brussels, and the universities of Barcelona, Bologna, Louvain, Lisbon, Madrid and Santiago du Chili. Author of books and articles on Administrative Law, International Law, and European Law, he has contributed – within the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union – to the drafting of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Prof. Maria Teresa Pizarro Beleza

Cluster Responsible: Violence against women, gender equality, gender violence from “CEDAW” to Istanbul and beyond

Prof. Teresa Pizarro Beleza graduated in Law and became an academic shortly after. She taught and did research on Criminal law and Women’s Law in Coimbra, Lisbon, Cambridge and Venice (EIUC). She initiated the teaching and research on Women’s Rights in Portugal, where she taught “Women’s Law” for the first time in 1998-1999, after being invited to join the new (1997) Faculdade de Direito (Law School) of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (

Her PhD thesis, on The Consruction of the Concept Women in the Criminal Law, was a daring and innovative feminist approach to Women’s Law and Criminology in Portugal. She opened up the way for many other younger lawyers and students who went on to doing research in such areas.

She has taught and published extensively on Criminal Law and on Women’s Law and Women’s Rights, both at pre- and post- graduate level.

She has supervised many Master and PhD dissertations on Human Rights, including Women’s Rights, some of which by E.Ma Students (Venice).

She served at the CPT (Council of Europe) as an elected member in respect of Portugal. She also participated as an expert in Human Rights in the EU-China and EU-Iran Dialogues.

She is now Director (Dean) of the Law School, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and a member of the Board of EIUC in Venice.

Prof. Kalliope Agapiou - Josephides

Cluster Responsible: Violence against women, gender equality, gender violence from “CEDAW” to Istanbul and beyond

Kalliope AGAPIOU-JOSEPHIDES is a Jean Monnet Chair Holder (2001) and Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus, Department of Social and Political Sciences.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Sorbonne University PARIS I Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Post Graduate Diploma in High European Studies and a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in History of the XXth Century (International Relations) both from the Robert Schuman STRASBOURG III University. She also holds a Degree in Applied Foreign Languages (French-English-German) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University PARIS III.

Her current research interests/ publications with regard to human rights and democratisation include: Women in Democratic Transitions, Women Political Participation, Election Observation Missions, e-Democracy, Parliaments and European Integration, Europe and the Mediterranean. She has undertaken/participated in several nationally and internationally funded research projects related to a variety of aspects of European integration.

She is the Deputy-President of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice and the European Master (E.MA) Director (European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation) for the University of Cyprus.

She is also Member of the Management Board of the European Institute for Gender Equality in Vilnius.


Wolfgang Benedek

Head of Institute of International Law and International Relations and Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy of the University of Graz

His main research interests are in the fields of human rights, human security and the regulation of the internet as well as international economic law where he has a focus on the WTO and Global Governance. He also has a specific interest in South-Eastern Europe and Africa. He has been involved in several research projects funded by national and European research foundations. He is the executive editor of the European Yearbook on Human Rights.

Prof. Benedek is teaching at all levels in international law and human rights law, international economic and development law, human rights in the Balkans, human security and the governance of the information society.

Emilio De Capitani

Emilio De Capitani is Executive Director of the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group – He is also visiting Professor at the “Orientale” University of Naples and the “Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna” of Pisa.

From 1998 to 2011 he was Secretary of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee at the European Parliament. Emilio De Capitani was also responsible for the institutional external relations of the European Parliament. He is author and co-author of numerous books and articles on European policies related to civil liberties, security and justice.

Stephanie Hennette-Vauchez

Stephanie Hennette-Vauchez is Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. She was previously involved as a Fulbright post-doctoral research scholar at the Northwestern University of Chicago, School of Law.

At the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne she obtained her PhD in Law. Her main areas of studies involve Fundamental Rights, Bioethics Law, European Law and Human Rights Law.

Ms Hennette-Vauchez is Member of the Scientific Council of the Emilie Institute of Châtelet since 2011 and she is also Member of the Scientific Council of the research project of Law&Justice since 2012. Finally, she took part in numerous Expertise Missions on Ethics and Bioethics Law.

Stefano Rodotà

Stefano Rodotà is Professor of Law at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He is one of the authors of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. He serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union and of the Internet Governance Forum, Italy. He is also the former President of the Italian Data Protection Commission and of the European Group on Data Protection. Professor Rodotà has taught at many universities, including the Universities of Paris, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Lima, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, as well as Oxford and Stanford Law School. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University College of Turin. He is a member of the Convention for the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. He is a former Member of the Italian Parliament, the European Parliament, and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Albie Sachs

From a young age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. As a result he was detained in solitary confinement, tortured by sleep deprivation and eventually blown up by a car bomb which cost him his right arm and the sight of an eye. His experiences provoked an outpouring of creative thought on the role of law as a protector of human dignity in the modern world, and a lifelong commitment to seeing a new era of justice established in South Africa.

After playing an important part in drafting South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution, he was appointed by Nelson Mandela to be a member of the country's first Constitutional Court (1994-2009). Over the course of his fifteen year term on the Court he has grappled with the major issues confronting modern South Africa, and the challenges posed to the fledgling democracy as it sought to overcome the injustices of the apartheid regime.