Venice School of Human Rights

Lecturers 2014

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

Fabrizio Marrella

Cluster Responsible: Business and Human Rights

A member of the EIUC Board since the EIUC foundation in 2002 (until 2008), Prof. Marrella has lectured for ten years in the E.MA Programme in the section "Economic globalisation and human rights" developing the section on Business and Human Rights. Then, from 2008 until July 2011, he has served as E.MA Programme Director being also the cluster responsible of the section Business and Human Rights of the EIUC Venice School on Human Rights.

He is general editor of the EIUC series on Human Rights and Democratisation by Cambridge University Press and has participated in international symposia or given invited lectures at a range of Universities and professional organizations in the five continents. As a professor of International Law at the University "Cà Foscari" of Venice (Italy), he has written extensively on, taught and practiced International Law, International Investment Law and International & European Business Law.

Prof. Marrella speaks fluently four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian) and holds the highest doctorates with top grades from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and the University of Bologna, as well as the Diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law.


Paolo De Stefani

Cluster Responsible: People on the Move and their Human Rights: The Internationalization of Migration Law and The Role of The EU

Paolo De Stefani is researcher and aggregate professor on international law at the School of Econmics and of Political Science, University of Padova. 
LLM, Padova University. Specialised diploma (PhD level) on Human rights protection, Padua University.
“National director” for Italy of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice).
Teacher at the Master on intenational cooperation, ISPI, Milan, and at the Theological Faculty of Noth-West Italy, MA in Religious sciences, Padua.
Member of the Padua University's Human Rights Centre.
Member of the editorial board of the Italian yearbook of human rights.
Consultant and adviser for ombudsman structures and children rights commissioners in the Region of Veneto.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the E. Zancan Foundation on social research in Padua.

Wolfgang Benedek

Cluster Responsible: Freedom of Expression and Assembly Online

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.


François Crépeau

François Crépeau is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants since 2011. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Global Migration Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva (2013-2014).

François Crépeau is the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2012.

The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and the Rule of Law in the face of globalization.

François Crépeau has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written or directed or codirected eight books.  He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection at Éditions Bruylant (Brussels), where 26 books have been published since 1997. 

Detailed cv and bibliography.

Martin Scheinin

Martin Scheinin is professor of International Law and Human Rights at the European University Institute (EUI) since 2008.

He was professor in Finland for 15 years. In 1993-1998 he was Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki where he also got his doctorate in 1991. In 1998-2008 he was Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

In 1997-2004 he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the treaty body acting under the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In 2005 he was appointed as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, a position of trust he held until July 2011.

Currently he is the President of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

His fields of research are: Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, the Law of Countering Terrorism, and Privacy and Surveillance.

Detailed cv and bibliography

William A. Schabas

William A. Schabas is professor of International Law at Middlesex University in London. He is also professor of International Criminal Law and Human Rights at Leiden University, emeritus professor Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland Galway, and an honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing and Wuhan University.

He is the author of more than 20 books and 300 journal articles, on such subjects as the abolition of capital punishment, genocide and the international criminal tribunals.

Professor Schabas was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights and president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He serves as president of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association chair of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

His fields of research are: Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Court, Transitional Justice, and Capital Punishment.

Detailed cv and bibliography on the blog humanrights

Radu Mares

Radu Mares has Doctor of Law (2006) and Associate Professor (Reader/Docent) (2012) degrees from the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden, and is senior researcher at Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, specialised in the area of business and human rights.

His preferred approach is to deliberately keep in the picture both governmental and private actors, and both law and corporate voluntarism, so their interaction can be studied, synergies can be captured, and their effectiveness be enhanced.

His work focuses on ways to strengthen the protection of human rights and good governance in the Global South. Mares has written on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in the context of the UN Guiding Principles, on the relation between law and self-regulation, on CSR in the mining industry and supply chain contexts.