Giulio Regeni, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, was found dead more than two years ago in Egypt, where he was conducting his research activities. A lot of questions have remained unanswered regarding his kidnapping, torture, and murder. The present event discusses some issues that are yet to be disentangled, including the role of Egyptian authorities from the perspective of international law. The talk addresses judicial remedies available to the family of Giulio Regeni and analyses whether the rules on international responsibility may contribute to reaching truth and justice. The talk takes into account the legal and diplomatic tools that Italy has employed in relation to Egypt so far and those that might still be activated, with a specific focus on diplomatic protection.
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Guest speaker: Federica Violi is Assistant Professor of International Law at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She received her PhD from the University of Milan and has previously lectured on international law and EU law at the University of Messina. She has been visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Public Law in 2014 and 2016. Her research interests include sovereignty and territoriality, and investment contracts in natural resources. She has been working on the affair of Giulio Regeni for more than two years in collaboration with Dr. Martina Buscemi.
Chair: Marco Roscini is Professor of International Law at the University of Westminster.
Discussant: Marco Longobardo is Research Fellow in Public International Law at the University of Westminster, and Adjunct Professor of EU Law at the University of Messina.