Michela graduated in Law at the University of Siena and holds the European Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Global Campus of Human Right. She was hosted as a visiting student at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law, housed by the University of Helsinki, to carry out her thesis research on civil society’s involvement in the construction of transnational gas pipelines in the EU.
Her main interests currently involve public International Law and Legal Theory. Her Ph.D. research proposal deals with the different definitions of “climate change” in the global legal scenario.

Gürkan graduated summa cum laude in Law from Goethe University in October 2020, with a thesis titled “Balancing Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments.”
In this thesis, which Prof. Miodrag Jovanovic supervised, he argued that the formal competences of amendment and judicial powers could be balanced with each other in order to determine whether a proposed amendment amounts to an unconstitutional constitutional amendment.
He completed his graduate studies at Goethe University with a Jean Monnet Scholarship (2019-2020) funded by the EU for the furtherance of Turkey’s integration into the EU.
He pursued his undergraduate studies at Ankara University between 2013 and 2018 while serving as a military officer in the Turkish Gendarmerie Command. He also holds a Master’s at Ankara University in the Philosophy and Sociology Department, with a thesis, supervised by Prof. Gülriz Uygur, tracing the indefinite path of balancing beginning from the Prussian Administrative Court in the last quarter of 19th century to its most sophisticated version conceptualized by Robert Alexy.
He has two main interests: Constitutional Law and Legal Theory. His Ph.D. research dwells on the communicative and somehow conflictual relationships between different legal orders.

Federica graduated summa cum laude in Law at Roma Tre University in May 2018, discussing a thesis on the victim’s role in special proceedings and in the restorative justice model. During her university years, she attended a summer school in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the LSE, and she spent a semester of her studies at the Université de Nantes within the Erasmus+ program. From September 2018 to March 2020, she was a legal intern at the State General Attorney’s Office. From February 2019 to August 2020, she interned at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Anti-Violence Pool, specializing in crimes against women and vulnerable victims.
Her main research interests include Criminal Law, Gender Crime, Theory of Crime and Punishment, and the interplay between new technologies and the criminal trial. Her Ph.D. proposal deals with the potential use of artificial intelligence and risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system.

Andrea graduated summa cum laude in Law at Sapienza University of Rome in January 2018, discussing a thesis on the new discipline of public contracts between competition and anti-corruption.
After graduation, he began a collaboration with the chair of Administrative Law.
In June 2019, he obtained magna cum laude the Postgraduate International Master’s Diploma in Global Regulation of Markets (University of Rome “Sapienza” – Luiss “Guido Carli”).
In February 2020, he was selected to attend the ninth course of the School of Public Policies (italiadecide), and he spent a research period at the library “Francesco Saja” of the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM).
His research interests include Antitrust Law, Administrative Law, European Law, and the interplay between Regulation and Competition.
His Ph.D. proposal consists of an interdisciplinary and multilevel analysis of golden powers within the dialectic framework between the State and Market and in the perspective of further strengthening European administrative integration.

Chiara represents the Human Rights and Migrant Protection Focal Point at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth.
She holds a Master’s degree cum laude in International Cooperation and the Protection of Human Rights from the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum, at the Ravenna Campus, and has also worked as Project Assistant at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Bologna, at the Forlì Campus, for the implementation of EU-funded projects on sustainable development and migration. Previously, she was involved in developing research projects on refugees’ fundamental rights and forced migration issues in collaboration with the Global Campus of Human Rights and the University Milano-Bicocca.
Her main research interests encompass the analysis of new drivers of forced migration, such as climate change and environmental crimes, and the feasibility of expanding the multilevel international protection system to address the current threats to people’s enjoyment of human rights.
Her Ph.D. proposal deals with environmental migration and the different opportunities to find protection under EU asylum and Criminal Law.