Mariagiulia Giuffré

Schumann Fellow 2021 - 2022

Reader (Associate Professor) in Law
at the Department of Law and Criminology,
Edge Hill University, United Kingdom





Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré (PhD, LLM) is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Law at the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University (UK), a Research Affiliate to the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), School of Advanced Study, University of London, and an Associate to ASGI (Italian Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration). She received her PhD in International and European Law (Distinction and Doctor Europaeus Certificate) from the School of International Studies of the University of Trento (Italy) in May 2014.

Over the last years, she has been a Visiting Researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, at the Centre of Migration Law at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, and she is currently a Schumann Fellow and a WiRe (Women in Research) Fellow at the School of Law of the University of Münster.

She has been a Guest Lecturer in a number of universities, including University of Oxford, College of Europe, Queen Mary, University of London, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Lund University, Naples University “L’Orientale”, University Bicocca of Milan, the University of Urbino and the University of Münster. From October 2010 to September 2013, she has been affiliated as a Guest Researcher to the Faculty of Law, Lund University where she has taught on the LLM programs in Maritime Law and International Human Rights Law.

Dr Giuffré has conducted training to judges and staff of the European Court of Human Rights and has been consulted as a legal analyst by European Union bodies, governments, the UK Parliament, and a number of law firms and NGOs on human rights and migration, law of the sea, citizenship, extradition, and the law and practice of search and rescue (SAR) at sea.

As a Principal Investigator, Dr Giuffré has been awarded a Grant by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to lead an international research team working on “Europe-Africa Cooperation: Refugee Rights and the New Frontiers of Externalization of Migration Controls”. The project includes fieldwork in Ethiopia and Tunisia (2019-2021).

She was part of an international research project on Administrative Detention of Palestinians in Israel. She has also participated to a project on Undesirable and Unreturnable? Excluded Asylum-seekers and Other Migrants Suspected of Serious Criminality but Who Cannot Be Removed. The project, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), was jointly convened by the Center for International Criminal Justice (Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) and the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London.

Dr Giuffré is a Member of the Group of Experts for the Project Sciabaca/Oruka, led by ASGI. The project explores current practices of externalization of borders with the primary goal to carry out research, train lawyers in African countries of origin of migrants, and prepare strategic litigation on migrants and refugee rights before domestic, foreign and international courts/ UN human rights committees, also together with lawyers in countries of origin and transit of migrants in Africa.

Dr Giuffré’s monograph on the Readmission of Asylum Seekers under International Law (Hart Publishing) was published in February 2020. Her research interests are in International and European Law, Refugee Law and Policy, Human Rights and Migration Law.