Visiting scholars

Margherita Blandini

Margherita Blandini is currently a Visiting Lecturer in EU Law at Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, where she is also a Tempus Research Associate on the ABDEM project ('Approche basée sur les droits dans l'enseignement supérieur au Maghreb'; 'Rights-based approach to higher education in the Maghreb') funded by the European Union Tempus Programme.She completed her Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees in Italy and her MPhil in Law and Human Rights in Spain. In the past five years, she has worked in a range of international research project roles, mainly in the areas of human rights, education, and refugee law. Before joining the University of Westminster, she was the Research Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London; and was also a Research Associate to the UNESCO Chair "Democratic Citizenship and Cultural Freedom" at the University of La Rioja (Spain). She has previously worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as the European Parliament, as an advisor on issues of migration, asylum and human trafficking.

Jules Lepoutre 

Jules Lepoutre is a Visiting Researcher at Westminster Law School for the period of October-December 2015. His research interest is in Public International Law, particularly in the relationship between nationality law and State sovereignty. His current research focuses on the new binding legal obligations on countries’ nationality laws (acquisition and loss). As a result of international, European and domestic laws developments, State discretion and independence in nationality law are declining. His PhD thesis aims to demonstrate that the paradigm, which linked nationality and sovereignty, is no longer valid, and that nationality has become an individual right, subject to international obligations and human rights law.

Jules is a PhD student at Lille University (France) where he is on a three-year doctoral fellowship (2013-2016). He teaches Immigration Law (Lectures), and Constitutional and European Law (Tutorials). He also holds a “Master de droit public (Public Law Master degree)” (2013) and a “Licence de droit (Bachelor Law degree)” (2011) from Lille University. His publications include:

  •  “Nationalité (déchéance): validité d'un décret pour acte de terrorisme, note sous CE, 11 mai 2015, M. Q.”, Recueil Dalloz, 28 mai 2015, n° 19, p. 1099.
  • “L’accès à la naturalisation des réfugiés au sein de l’ordre juridique de l’Union européenne”, in: J. Fernandrez and C. Laly-Chevalier (ed.), Droit d’asile, État des lieux et perspectives, Paris, Pedone, 2015, p. 287-302.
  • “La déchéance de la nationalité : un outil pertinent ?”, Esprit, mai 2015, n° 5, p. 118-120.
  • “Nationalité par filiation et convention de mère porteuse, note sous CE, 12 déc. 2014, Association Juristes pour l’enfance et autres”, AJDA, 2015, n° 6, p. 357-362.“Les États membres de l’Union peuvent-ils vendre la citoyenneté européenne ?”, Petites affiches, 27 janvier 2015, n° 19, p. 6-12.

Marco Longobardo

Marco Longobardo is currently a Visiting Researcher at Westminster Law School for the period of April–July 2016. His research focuses on Public International Law and EU Law, with a specific interest in International Humanitarian Law. At the moment, Marco is researching in the fields of the law of military occupation and the law of espionage in times of armed conflict.

Marco completed a five-year law degree (Bachelor and Master of Laws) at University of Messina, Italy (2012). He is a PhD candidate in International Law and EU Law at University of Rome ‘Sapienza’, Italy. He is Adjunct Professor of
EU Law at University of Messina, and president of the ILSA Messina Chapter. He has lectured in courses organised by the Italian Red Cross and the Italian Ministry of Defence for personnel of the Italian armed forces.

From January to June 2015, Marco has been Visiting PhD Research Fellow at Middlesex University. He passed the Italian bar examination in October 2015.

His publications include:

  • “Some Developments in the Prosecution of International Crimes Committed in Palestine: Any Real News?”, 35 Polish Yearbook of International Law (2015), 2016 forthcoming;
  • “The Palestinian Right to Exploit the Dead Sea Coastline for Tourism”, 58 German Yearbook of International Law (2015), 2016, forthcoming;
  • “Genocide, Obligations Erga Omnes and Responsibility to Protect”, 19 The International Journal of Human Rights (2015), pp. 1199–1212;
  • “The Italian constitutional court’s ruling against state immunity when international crimes occur: thoughts on decision no 238 of 2014”, 16 Melbourne Journal of International Law, 2015, pp. 255–269;
  • “Quo vadis peacekeeping? La compatibilità dell’Intervention Brigade in Congo con i principi regolanti le operazioni di pace alla prova dei fatti” (“Quo Vadis PeaceKeeping? The Compatibility of the Intervention Brigade Deployed in the Congo with the Principles of Peace Operations in Light of Its Recent Practices”) (with Federica Violi), 70 La Comunità internazionale 2015, pp. 245–272.