Prof. George Ulrich held the position of Rector and Professor of Human Rights at the Riga Graduate School of Law from 2009-2016. Prior to this, he served as EIUC Secretary General from 2003-2009 and as Academic Coordinator / Programme Director of EMA from 2001- 2004.
Dr Ulrich is thus intimately familiar with the Venice-based inter-university centre and master’s programme and is excited to re-join the EMA and EIUC family. From 1999-2001 he was Senior Researcher at the Danish Centre for Human Rights. He obtained his Ph.D. as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds the degree of Cand. Mag. in Social Anthropology and History of Ideas from Aarhus University, Denmark.
Among George Ulrich’s current research interests are issues related to the history and philosophy of human rights, human rights diplomacy, human rights and development cooperation, health and human rights, international medical ethics, and ethics for human rights professionals.
Publications include: Synergies and Linkages between Danish Efforts to Promote Human Rights at the Multilateral Level and in Development Cooperation; The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen 2014; Human Rights Diplomacy - Contemporary Perspectives, Martinus Nijhof Publishers 2011 (jointly edited with M. O’Flaherty, A. Müller, and Z. Kedzia); The Local Relevance of Human Rights. Cambridge University Press 2011 (jointly edited with K. De Feyter, S. Parmentier, and Chr. Timmerman); The Professional Identity of the Human Rights Field Officer. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 2010 (jointly edited with M. O’Flaherty); Beyond Activism: The impact of the resolutions and other activities of the European Parliament in the field of human rights outside the European Union, Marsilio Editori, Venice 2007 (co-authored with H. Fischer and S. Lorion); and Reparations – Redressing Past Wrongs. Yearbook Human Rights in Development, Kluwer 2003 (jointly edited with L. Krabbe Boserup).
Dr. Chiara Altafin is the EMA Fellow specialising in International Law for the academic year 2017/2018. In this role she liaises with EMA professors and students, and teaches the International Law Rolling Seminar as well as academic and practical skills classes.
Chiara holds a Ph.D in International Law from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, 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 in Rome, and a Law Degree (summa cum laude) from Roma Tre University. She was a visiting research scholar at the Center for International and Comparative Law of the University of Michigan
Law School in Ann Arbor. 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.
At EIUC Chiara has also worked as senior researcher on the FRAME Project - “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies” - funded by the European Commission. Over the last nine years Chiara has worked as research and teaching assistant to the chairs of International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights and International Protection, International Organization and Human Rights, International Protection of Cultural Heritage, at the Departments of Law and of Political Science of LUISS University in Rome. She was a member of the LUISS research team on 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” (2008-2011). Chiara has 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 becoming a qualified lawyer before the Italian Bar Association, she worked as a trainee lawyer at Avvocatura Generale dello Stato in Rome.
Dr. Wiebke Lamer is the EMA Fellow specialising in International Relations for the academic year 2016/2017. In this role she liaises with EMA professors and students, and teaches the International Relations Rolling Seminar as well as academic and practical skills classes.
Wiebke holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, and Master’s degrees in International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy from the University of Leicester and the University of London, respectively. Her doctoral dissertation examines the treatment of press freedom in the international human rights framework, specifically at the UN. Wiebke taught several courses on International Relations, International Political Economy and Comparative Politics at universities in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
She also interned for NATO’s Civil-Military Fusion Centre and Allied Command Transformation in the U.S. 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.
Before embarking on her graduate studies, Wiebke worked as an online marketing specialist at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Veronica Pietrobono is the EMA Executive Officer. She has been involved in EMA activities since January 2018 but she was part of the EMA Team also during the academic year 2014/2015. She studied in Rome where she obtained her BA in Cultural Mediation, followed by a Master’s Degree in Legal Translation in Turin and a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She previously worked as a legal researcher at FRA in Vienna and as Protection Officer in Nairobi and Goma with NGOs. She is also involved as an activist in different projects in the field of human rights.
In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA students for what concerns certificates, logistics and administrative issues. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting EMA students during the enrolment phase as well as over the entire academic year.
Elisabetta Zennaro started working in the Centre in 2008 in the EIUC Secretariat. She dealt with all departments and assisted guests, students and staff members with all kinds of enquiries. She joined the EMA Team in June 2016. In her role as EMA Executive Officer she liaises with EMA professors and students for all that concerns meetings, certificates and academic records.
She also assists the EMA Programme Director and collaborates with the EMA staff on executive tasks. She deals with students’ records, careers, diplomas, and she is in charge of managing the EMA Internships and EIUC EU-UN Fellowship Programmes.
She previously spent two years in London, UK, working and studying English, photography and attended a Galileo Travel Consultant course; she also spent a year in Zaragoza, Spain, for a study project organized by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Stefania Saccarola is EIUC’s Librarian. She started working for EMA in 2001, and then for the new born EIUC in 2003. She literally built the library from scratch and developed it through the years as a highly specialized research library, always paying attention to develop – in parallel – new technologies tools aimed at enhancing access and usability.
After many years working with students, professors and experts from all around the world, she has developed a unique expertise for helping students not only from a technical point of view but also as human archival memory of EMA and EIUC.