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.


Anton Maria Battesti

Anton Maria Battesti is Public Policy Manager in Facebook. He is also the Internet Governance Advisor for the French Foreign Office.

He has been previously consultant and representative of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) for France. Furthermore, Mr. Battesti is Professor of International Law at the University of Corsica.

Battesti received a Masters in European Policies from Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris in 2008, a Masters in Space and Telecommunication Law from Université Paris Sud (Paris XI) in 2007, and a Masters in International Law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) in 2005.

His major fields of study are: International Relations, Information Technology, International Law, Policy Analysis and Data Protection.

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.

Mary Dowell-Jones

Dr Mary Dowell-Jones is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, UK, and a member of their Economic and Social Rights Unit. Her work focuses on financial institutions and human rights, in particular the challenges involved in protecting human rights from global financial instability and implementing human rights standards across complex financial institutions, as well as the ethics and governance of the financial sector.  She is also a Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she is researching systemic risk in the financial markets and how to build a more resilient and stable financial system.   She has previously worked in investment banking in London and South Africa, where she  worked on risk management and the implementation of international capital adequacy regulations.

She has acted as a lead researcher and adviser on various projects and initiatives relating to the global financial crisis, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and financial reform.  She is currently part of the research team at Nottingham University contributing to the EU’s FRAME project – Fostering Human Rights Among European (Internal and External) Policies.  This is a large multi-disciplinary project linking 19 partner organisations worldwide; Mary’s input focuses on financial institutions and human rights.   Mary also sits on a local Government Standards Committee in the UK, charged with upholding the code of conduct for elected officials.  She also sits on an Audit Committee for one of the UK’s Police Forces, and has been involved in delivering governance and oversight of care standards for a hospital trust in the UK. 

Mary has a Ph.D. in public international law which analysed the macroeconomic and financial challenges involved in implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  She has an LLB from the University of Bristol, UK.  Mary has spoken at conferences in the UK, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and has lectured at various universities including Oxford University and the London School of Economics. 

Silvia Grundmann

Prof.  Dr. Silvia Grundmann is currently the Head of the Media Division in the Information Society Department at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.  She holds both German law degrees with distinction, followed by a Master of Common Law from Georgetown University Law Center and she has passed the New York State Bar Exam.  For her PhD thesis, she made a comparative study about airline deregulation in the U.S. and the EU. Prof. Grundmann started as a lawyer in private practice and worked in Brussels, Washington D.C. and Düsseldorf. She then became a judge and professor in Germany where she stayed until 2004, when she joined the Council of Europe’s department for the execution of judgements. She worked as an advisor for the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights from 2007 until 2013, when she became the Head of the Media Division.

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

Rikke Frank Jørgensen is a senior advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. She is a civil society representative in the Danish government delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society.

She is a co-founder of Digital Rights Denmark and of the European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRi) and is coordinating the human rights caucus of international civil society for the summit. Rikke holds a Master in Information Science and a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization (obtained at EIUC), specializing in Internet and freedom of expression.

She has previously been employed as a special adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation from 1995 to 2000, dealing with the social impacts of information technology. She has since June 2004 been vice-president of European Digital Rights (EDRi). She lives in Copenhagen.

Matthias C. Kettemann

Matthias C. Kettemann is Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz since 2009.

He obtained the Certificate in International Law at the University of Geneva in 2005. He holds a Master of Laws obtained at the Harvard Law School in 2010 and he was also proclaimed Doctor Iuris with highest honours at the University of Graz in 2012.

His major fields of study are: Internet Governance and International Law, Protection of human rights in the information society, conceptual development security including human security.

To conclude, among the many memberships he has, Dr. Kettemann is member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and of the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

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.

Jean-Paul Marthoz

Jean-Paul Marthoz (Belgium) is a journalist, writer, teacher and human rights activist. He is a foreign affairs columnist for Le Soir (Brussels), an associate editor of Europe’s World and a contributor to various other media (Espace de libertés, Démocratie, Médias, etc.)
He is professor of International journalism at the Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve and of Ethics in journalism at IHECS (Institute of High Studies of Social Communications, Brussels).

He is the author and co-author of some 25 books on global journalism, foreign affairs and human rights.

Jean-Paul Marthoz has been foreign editor of Le Soir, foreign policy adviser at the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, editor in chief of DimancheMatin, director of the Media for democracy project at the International Federation of Journalists, European Press Director for Human Rights Watch (1996-2005), and Editorial director of the foreign affairs quarterly Enjeux internationaux.


He is the chair of the Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP, Brussels) and a member of the advisory board of Human Rights Watch/Europe and Central Asia division.

Marco Pancini

Marco Pancini is European Senior Policy Counsel at Google Italy. He graduated in Law at the State University of Milano with a dissertation on Comparative advertising. Dr. Pancini was admitted to the Bar of the Court of Appeal of Milan in 1999 and since then he worked for important law firms in Italy. From 2002 to 2007 he was Head of legal and Trust and Safety at, the Italian subsidiary of one of the biggest online marketplaces.

On July 2007 he joined the Google team as European policy counsel in charge of government relationship for the Italian market. From February 2011 Dr. Pancini is member of the Google policy team in Brussels, where his main areas of responsibility are open Internet issues, freedom of expression, child safety, and intermediary liability.

Dr. Pancini speaks Italian (mother tongue), English and French.


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

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

Kim Tabell

Kim Tabell holds a position as Senior Legal Counsel at the head offices of IKEA Group in Leiden, Netherlands. He is current a member of directors of the IKEA holding entities in the US and Canada and has, since he joined IKEA Group in 2006, held board positions in several entities involved in a variety of operations such as IT, distribution and real estate.

Kim is responsible for legal support to the parent company as well as management advisory companies in IKEA Group and has in his capacity been in charge of or instrumental in high profile global projects in corporate governance, sustainability and risk management.

Before Kim took on his position in the IKEA Group he worked for Volvo Group as a Senior Legal Counsel and spent several years as an associate in the largest law firm in the Nordics. Prior to these assignments, he worked as a Junior Judge at the District Court of Gothenburg in Sweden. 

Eiko Thielemann

Dr. Eiko Thielemann is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute of the London School of Economics, where he is directing the the graduate programme 'International Migration and Public Policy'. He is the director of the LSE Migration Studies Unit (MSU), a visiting professor at New York University (NYU) and has worked as an advisor for several EU institutions.

 Since completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he has held research and teaching positions at several other institutions including the University of Cambridge, the Australian National University (ANU), the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

 His research focuses on EU- and comparative policy making, in particular asylum and immigration issues. He has been a guest-editor for the Journal of Common Market Studies as well as the Journal of Refugee Studies and is the co-author of a recent report on EU asylum policy for the European Parliament. For more information, please see his personal website:

Kristina Touzenis

Kristina Touzenis is a Programme Manager at IOM, Rome. She has an LLB and LLM from the University of Copenhagen. She has been working in Italy for the past 6 years, including 3 for IOM and has been teaching both post and undergraduates at the Universities of Trieste and Pisa.

Her research focuses on the human rights of women and children and she has published on both international human rights and international humanitarian law issues. She is currently researching issues related to transnational organised crime and human rights. She has managed programmes on irregular migration in West African and the Maghreb and is involved in various projects related to legal research on migration laws in these regions and she consults on issues related to the protection of migrant children and children’s rights.

Lorenzo Trucco

Lorenzo Trucco is President and co-founder of A.S.G.I, the Association for Legal Studies on Immigration. His career as a lawyer in Turin started in 1976 after having graduated at the University of Jurisprudence in the same city. His main fields of intervention are related to penal and administrative law, migration, asylum and human rights issues.

Dr. Trucco is also co-director of the Revue “Diritto, Immigrazione e Cittadinanza” (Law, Immigration and Citizenship). He was member of the “International Committee of Inquiry to protect Basic Human Rights in the face of globalisation”. Lorenzo Trucco has been teacher in numerous seminars and courses of studies related to migration and asylum law in the University of Florence and Turing among the many. To conclude, Dr. Trucco was rapporteur in several and important seminars and meetings regarding migration and asylum law and human rights.