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Researchers: Dr Cristiano d’Orsi

Dr Cristiano d’Orsi
Laurea (BA (Hon) equivalent, International Relations, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia), Master’s Degree (Diplomatic Studies, Italian Society for International Organization, Rome), Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (Master of Advanced Studies equivalent, International Relations (International Law), Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva), Ph.D. (International Relations (International Law), Graduate Institute for international and Development Studies, Geneva)

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Office 3.1-7, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Tel: + 27 (12) 420 5449
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Educational Achievements

  • Recognised as one of the most prominent researchers at the University of Pretoria for the 2015 Academic Year
  • Certificate in Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development (European University Institute, Florence);
  • Certificate in International Refugee Law (Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg);
  • Europeaum Research Scholar (Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford);
  • Albert Gallatin Research Fellow (University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville);
  • DAAD Research Fellow (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg);
  • Visiting Research Fellow (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund);
  • Candidate at the Centre for Studies and Research (The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague);
  • Certificate in European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels);
  • Certificate in International Protection of Human Rights (Åbo Akademi University, Åbo /Turku);
  • Hugo Grotius Research Scholar (University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor);
  • Part-time lecturer (International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo)

Research Interests:
Legal protection of asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and IDPs in Africa, African Human Rights Law, the development of International Law in Africa

Current projects:

  • An outlook on the conflict in Casamance with a focus on the legal situation of the Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques and its members
  • The protection of refugees in armed conflicts in Africa
  • The question of boat people in Africa
  • Asylum-seeker and refugee protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: The peregrination of a persecuted human being in search of a safe haven
  • Constructing a new legal framework for “subversive activities” in refugee law in Africa

Media articles

Main academic publications:

2016

  • C. d'Orsi, S. Carciotto "Into Africa: ‘Boat People’ in sub-Saharan Africa", in: V. Moreno-Lax & E. Papastavridis,'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach​, Leiden: Brill, 2016, Chapter XIV.

2014

  • « Migration humaine: l’espoir contraint », in: Weckel, P.; Goodwin-Gill, G. (sous la direction de/under the direction of), Migrations internationales/International Migrations, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Académie de droit international de La Haye/The Hague Academy of International Law (forthcoming)
  • Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review, vol. 36, 2014, pp. 115-152: “The multi-faceted aspects of asylum-law applicable to Africa: analysis for reflection” (with Dr. G.J. Naldi)
  • “The Role of the African Human Rights System with Reference to Asylum Seekers”, in: Abass, A.; Ippolito F. (edited by), Regional Approaches to the Protection of Asylum Seekers: An International Legal Perspective (with Dr. G.J. Naldi), Ashgate Publishers, 2014, pp. 45-65

2012

  • Connecticut Journal of International Law, vol. 28, 2012, pp. 73-114:“Strengths and weaknesses in the protection of the Internally Displaced Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa”
  • Pace International Law Review, vol. 3, 2012, pp. 220-255:“The AU Convention on Refugees and the concept of asylum”

2011

  • New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 9, 2011, pp. 83-118: “Which legal protection for migrants in Sub-Saharan Africa?”

2010

  • Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, vol. 22, 2010, pp. 215-256: “Applicable norms to freedom of expression in Sub-Saharan Africa: an assessment of Anglophone Western and Southern Africa”
  • Regent Journal of International Law, vol. 7, 2010, pp. 223-297: “Legal aspects of asylum in Sub-Saharan Africa: a deadlock or a concrete hope for a better future?”

2008

  • Heidelberg Journal of International Law (ZaőRV), vol. 68, 2008, pp. 1057-1081: “Sub-Saharan Africa: is a new special regional refugee law regime emerging?”
  • Revue de droit international, de sciences diplomatiques et politiques/The International Law Review, vol. 86, 2008, pp. 251-298: “Asylum and voluntary repatriation applied to the Sub-Saharan African legal context: are they two viable solutions for refugees?”

2007

  • Hellenic Review of International Law/Revue Héllenique de droit international, vol. 60, 2007, pp. 81-102: « Les spécificités de la Convention de l’OUA par rapport à la protection des réfugiés avec une référence particulière aux clauses d’exclusion du statut de réfugié telles qu’elles sont incorporées dans la législation interne des pays d’Afrique Sub-saharienne »

2006

  • Revue de droit international, de sciences diplomatiques et politiques/The International Law Review, vol. 84, 2006, pp. 259-294: « Les entités revendiquant la qualité d’Etat et non-reconnues comme tels »
  • African Journal of International and Comparative Law/Revue africaine de Droit international et comparé, vol. 14, 2006, pp. 278-287: « Les clauses de cessation du statut de réfugié, telles qu’elles sont incorporées dans la législation interne des pays d’Afrique »

2005

  • Hellenic Review of International Law/Revue Héllenique de droit international, vol. 58, 2005, pp. 593-615: « Les spécificités du droit international en Afrique Sub-saharienne avec une particulière référence à l’intégration du droit international dans l’ordre juridique interne des pays d’Afrique sub-saharienne »
  • Hellenic Review of International Law/Revue Héllenique de droit international, vol. 58, 2005, pp. 115-143: « L’obligation de réparation dans le projet d’articles sur la responsabilité de l’Etat : une analyse critique » 
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