Who's Who

Prof. Ria Wolleswinkel

E.MA Chairperson

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.


Prof. George Ulrich

E.MA Programme Director
Tel: +39 041 2720937
Email: george.ulrich@eiuc.org

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 E.MA 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 E.MA 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

E.MA Fellow
E-Mail:  chiara.altafin@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720919

Dr. Chiara Altafin is the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Law for the academic year 2016/2017. In this role she liaises with E.MA 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

E.MA Fellow
Tel: +39 041 2720920
E-Mail: wiebke.lamer@eiuc.org

Dr. Wiebke Lamer is the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Relations for the academic year 2016/2017. In this role she liaises with E.MA 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.

Ms Caterina Fantoni

E.MA Executive Officer

E-Mails: ema.secretariat@eiuc.org and caterina.fantoni@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720922  

Caterina Fantoni is the E.MA Executive Officer. She has been involved in E.MA activities since September 2016. She previously worked and studied in Rome where she obtained her BA Degree in Music, Theatre and Cinema, followed by a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Art and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Caterina joined the E.MA Executive Team in February 2017. Her tasks are specifically related to supporting E.MA students during the enrolment phase as well as over the entire academic year.

Ms Elisabetta Zennaro

E.MA Executive Officer

E-Mails: ema.secretariat@eiuc.org and elisabetta.zennaro@eiuc.org
Tel: +39 041 2720921  

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 E.MA Team in June 2016. In her role as E.MA Executive Officer she liaises with E.MA professors and students for all that concerns meetings, certificates and academic records. She also assists the E.MA Programme Director and collaborates with the E.MA staff on executive tasks. She deals with students’ records, careers, diplomas, and she is in charge of managing the E.MA 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.