Piergiuseppe is a lecturer at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and the York Law School and the co-convener of the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice.
Prior to his current role, Piergiuseppe worked as a research associate for the Generating Respect Project and the Human Rights Defender Hub, both hosted by the Centre for Applied Human Rights, as well as an associate lecturer at the York Law School teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Prior to joining the Centre, Piergiuseppe worked as a research assistant for the HERA-funded MELA (Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective) Project. He was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University College London. His doctoral research focused on the impact and effectiveness of Human Rights Council-mandated human rights inquiries in Israel and Palestine.
Piergiuseppe has extensive field experience in Israel/Palestine, Colombia and Mali.
Piergiuseppe is legally trained in Italy and has worked as a Protection Strategies Intern at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He has also interned at REDRESS, assisting in the preparation of ground-breaking torture cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.
Piergiuseppe holds a PhD in International Studies from the School of International Studies of the University of Trento (Italy), an LLM in Legal Studies from the London South Bank University (UK) and a combined MA and BA in Law from the University of Trento (Italy).
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Piergiuseppe’s research interests span the broad areas of international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal justice, and transitional justice, with a specific focus on human rights fact-finding, indigenous rights and human rights defending.
He has been awarded funding by the AHRC-funded Creating Safer Space research network to conduct the project: ‘Ritualising’ protection in conflict: a collaborative visual ethnography of the cultural and spiritual protection practices of the Nasa people in Colombia. This project seeks to understand how Nasa ancestral spiritual and cultural practices protect indigenous communities in the midst of the Colombian armed conflict and what coordination mechanisms could be put in place to ensure that these practices are effectively supported by the state. The project will start in October 2022 and end in September 2023.
Previously, Piergiuseppe co-led a project titled Shaping a Human Rights-Based Approach to COVID-19 in the City of York, a collaboration with the City of York Council and York Human Rights City aimed at researching co-production practices between the Council and the charitable sector in decision-making and policy development across the city, as well as on existing framework for assessing the human rights impacts of the Council’s policies and decisions. Building on this, Piergiuseppe secured CPD funding to design, pilot and conduct a Human Rights Training for City of York Council staff and Civil Society Organisations in York.
Piergiuseppe also worked as a research consultant for the Amnesty International UK-led Brave Indicators Project, which sought to develop a set of recommendations addressed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) advocating for the adoption of a coherent and consistent strategy for the support and protection of human rights defenders abroad.
Piergiuseppe’s research employs doctrinal, interdisciplinary, socio-legal, empirical and arts-based research methodologies.
Wednesdays 15:00 - 16:00
Fridays 10:00 - 11:00
(Autumn term 2021)
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Applying International Human Rights Law (module convenor)
Human Rights Placement (module co-convenor)
Piergiuseppe serves on the Board of Trustees and Directors of the Colombian Caravana, a London-based charity that supports human rights lawyers and defenders in Colombia.