Research Seminars Series 2013

PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability

The initiative is meant to provide PhD students in social sciences  with a forum wherein they can regularly meet with their peers and members of the faculty and discuss about the research projects they are working on. The proposal arises from the conviction that the discussion and exchange of views with fellow students, researchers and professors is a fundamental part of the PhD programme, as it can provide PhD students with invaluable inputs on their own academic work, while allowing them to perfect their presentation skills.

The Seminar Series will consist of regular meetings, arranged on a weekly or twice-monthly basis. Each meeting will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of one academic paper/draft chapter/article by one of the students (about 30000-50000 characters); the object of the presentation would be either a piece connected to one’s dissertation, a research in progress oriented to publication, or simply an introductory paper on a specific topic related to the field of expertise of the PhD student.


I Seminar – Wednesday, 03 April 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

Elisa Piras, Political liberalism and the ‘internal resistance’ to democracy promotion  (abstract)

II Seminar – Wednesday, 10 April 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 2 Palazzo Toscanelli

David Ragazzoni, Poisoned Gifts of Modernity or Undisciplined Children of Democracy? Parties and Partisanship in the Political Thought of Carl Schmitt   and Gerhard Leibholz (abstract)

III Seminar – Wednesday, 17 April 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

Ismael Al Falahi DawoodProtecting Human Rights Defenders In Post-Conflict States and States in Transition, De Jure and De Facto (abstract)

IV Seminar – Wednesday, 08 May 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

Afua Boatemaa YakohenePolicies Versus Reality: Post-Conflict Development in Liberia (abstract)

V Seminar – Wednesday, 22 May 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 8 Sede Centrale

 Giorgia Mei“Bundle of Land Rights” and the Agrarian Dynamics behind: Evidence from Rural Mozambique (abstract)

VI Seminar – Special session – Thursday, 30 May 2013 – 14,00-16,00 – Aula 8 Sede Centrale

         Professor Stefan Collignon, PhD Dissertation Writing: Practical Tips (presentation)

VII Seminar – Wednesday, 05 June 2013 – 10,30-12,30 - Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

 Maria Sole Continiello NeriAn historical and juridical analysis of the occupatio bellica. From the Hague regulations (1899-1907) to the actual praxis (abstract)

VIII Seminar – Wednesday, 12 June 2013 – 10,30-12,30 - Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

 Chiara MacchiCorporate responsibility for human rights violations in the supply chain: between moral and legal obligations (abstract)

IX Seminar – Wednesday, 19 June 2013 – 10,30-12,30 - Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

 Ameneh DehshiriAccess to Internet and Human Rights Standards: the case of isolated local Internet (abstract)

X Seminar – Wednesday, 26 June 2013 – 10,30-12,30 - Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

 Beibit ShangirbayevaThe legal consequences to the state party in the case of the violations of ICCPR obligations: the practice of Kazakhstan (abstract)

XI Seminar – Wednesday, 03 July 2013 – 10,30-12,30 – Aula 1 Palazzo Toscanelli

Alessandra Russo, Regional Organisations vs. Inter-Regional Diffusion: Can Regionalist Projects Lock In Political Systems? (abstract)



For further information please contact Elisa Piras (, Alessandra Russo ( or Chiara Macchi (