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I have a five-year master's degree in Law from the University of Messina (2012) and a PhD in Public International Law from the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ (2016). The Italian Ministry of University and Research awarded me the Italian National Scientific Habilitation as Associate Professor of International Law (2019-2028).

I am presently Lecturer in International Law at the School of Law of the University of Westminster. In the past, I lectured on Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Litigation before the ICJ, and EU Law at the University of Messina, for the Italian Ministry of Defence and for the Italian Red Cross.

I have published widely in the field of public international law, including jus ad bellum, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. My scholarship has been cited in official documents by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the UN International Law Commission, and international NGOs.

My monograph on The Use of Armed Force in Occupied Territory was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. It has received critical acclaim by reviews appeared in the Journal of Conflict & Security Law, the Revue belge de droit international, the Military Law and the Law of War Review, the German Yearbook of International Law, and the Edinburgh Law Review.

My articles appeared in important peer-reviewed journals, including The European Journal of International Law, The Asian Journal of International Law, The Journal of International Criminal Justice, The Journal of Conflict & Security Law, The Melbourne Journal of International Law, The Netherlands International Law Review, International Law Studies, the International Community Law Review, the Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, The German Yearbook of International Law, The Polish Yearbook of International Law, The Spanish Yearbook of International Law, Rivista di diritto internazionale, the Anuario español de derecho internacional, the Wisconsin International Law Journal, as well as in several prestigious edited books.

I am the reviews editor of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, and I sit in the advisory board of the International Community Law Review. I am guest editor of the International Criminal Law Review and I was a member of the editorial board of the Journal on the Use of Force in International Law.

I have presented my scholarship at a number of important international conferences and events hosted, inter alia, in Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, Switzerland, UK, and US.

I have organised several high-profile conferences and seminar series at the University of Westminster and the University of Messina.

I am a member of the Italian Society of International and EU Law, the European Society of International Law, the American Society of International Law, and the International Law Association. I am also the faculty advisor of the ILSA at Westminster Chapter.

As a consultant, I advise UN bodies, NGOs, and companies on public international law, international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law issues.


So far, at Westminster Law School I have taught:


- Public International Law

- International Criminal Law

- International Humanitarian Law

- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

- International Human Rights Law

- International and Transnational Dispute Processes

- Corporate Social Responsibility Issues in Business and Law 

- Dissertations


- International Law and Global Justice

- Introduction to Human Rights Law

- Peace Processes and Law

- EU Law

- Civil Law and Legal Systems 

- Dissertations


My research focuses on Public International Law, with specific interest in International Humanitarian Law/Law of Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, and Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes.

At the moment, I am researching in the fields of the law of military occupation, sufficient gravity before the International Criminal Court, state responsibility, and the protection of community interests before the International Court of Justice.

I welcome PhD proposals in any of these areas.