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Piergiuseppe Parisi



Dr Piergiuseppe Parisi
Combined BA and MA in Law (University of Trento, Italy), LLM in Legal Studies (London South Bank University), PhD in International Studies (University of Trento, Italy)

Co-convenor, LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice

I joined the Centre for Applied Human Rights as a research associate in October 2019 and the York Law School as an associate lecturer in November 2019.

Prior to joining the CAHR and YLS, I worked as a research assistant for the HERA-funded MELA (Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective) Project. During my PhD, I taught seminars on the international law of the sea and international criminal law. I was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University College London. My doctoral research focused on the impact and effectiveness of Human Rights Council-mandated human rights inquiries in Israel and Palestine, where I conducted extensive fieldwork.

I am legally trained in Italy and have worked as a Protection Strategies Intern at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. I have 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. I am the Advocacy Director of the Colombian Caravana, a London-based charity that supports human rights lawyers and defenders in Colombia. In my role, I have travelled to Colombia and worked with local partner organisations, and I have co-drafted submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the Universal Periodic Review and the British Parliament.



My research interests fall within the broad areas of international criminal justice, transitional justice and international human rights law. My doctoral research explored how international commissions of inquiry on human rights seek to socialise states into complying with human rights norms by looking at a specific case study, Israel and Palestine.

At the CAHR, I am conducting research on environmental human rights defenders.


Selected publications

Peer-reviewed scholarly contributions:

‘Vicisitudes en el proceso de creación del Tribunal Penal Internacional para la ex Yugoslavia y su función en el desarrollo del Derecho internacional penal’ in Héctor Olasolo and Pilar Eirene de Prada (eds), El Legado del Tribunal Penal Internacional para la Ex - Yugoslavia con respecto a la Aplicación del Delito de Genocidio en el 70 Aniversario de su Convención (Tirant lo Blanch, el Instituto Iberoamericano de La Haya para la Paz, los Derechos Humanos y la Justicia Transicional & el Instituto Joaquín Herrera Flores, forthcoming 2019)

‘International Fact-Finding Missions’ in Manish Thapa and Scott Nicholas Romaniuk (eds), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies (Palgrave Macmillan) [forthcoming]

(with Gareth Sims) ‘Hindrances to Access to a Remedy in Business-related Cases in Colombia: The Case of Gilberto Torres’ in Jena Martin, Karen E Bravo, Tara L Van Ho (eds), Dying to Be Heard (Anthem Press, forthcoming 2019)

‘Le politiche della memoria dell’Unione europea: la Shoah e la legislazione anti-negazionista’ in Francesco Berti, Filippo Focardi and Joanna Sondel (eds), Una memoria comune europea? Italia e Polonia di fronte allá Shoah (Viella, 2019)

(with Irene Wieczorek) ‘Research Question’ in Jean-Frédéric Morin, Christian Olsson and Ece Ozlem Atikcan (eds), Key Concepts in Research Methods (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019)

‘Introduction: Law and Historical Injustice’ (2018) 13(1) The Journal of Comparative Law 20-25

‘Sulle immunità e gli obblighi di cooperazione con la Corte Penale Internazionale: la vicenda del Sudafrica e Al Bashir’, Indice Penale, Novissima Serie - Anno III - N. 2, Maggio-Agosto 2017, Pages 16-21, ISSN 0019-7084

‘Il processo italiano al Plan Condor: la sentenza della Corte di Assise di Roma del 17 gennaio 2017’, Indice Penale, Novissima Serie - Anno III - N. 2, Maggio-Agosto 2017, Pages 69-71, ISSN 0019-7084

Non-peer-reviewed scholarly contributions:

‘Finding the Crime: the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict through the lenses of International Criminal Justice’ (2013) Diritto Penale Contemporaneo [online]

Blog Posts and Op-Eds:

‘Trial Observation in Turkey’ (February 2019) Central London Lawyer 18

‘A “creeping annexation” of identity, culture, history and memory’ (5 June 2018) openDemocracy

‘Colombia: fine del conflitto con le FARC? Prospettive dal sud-ovest colombiano’ (13 settembre 2016) ISPI Commentary

Book Reviews:

Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey (eds), The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding, Journal of
International Criminal Justice
, Volume 15, Issue 2, 1 May 2017, Pages 400–401

Other Outputs:

(with others) Amicus curiae in the case: I/A Court H.R. The institution of asylum, and its recognition as a human right under the inter-American system of protection (interpretation and scope of Articles 5, 22(7) and 22(8) in relation to Article 1(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights). Advisory Opinion OC-25/18 of May 30, 2018. Series A No. 25

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Dr Piergiuseppe Parisi
York Law School
Centre for Applied Human Rights, 6 Innovation Close
YO10 5ZF