Amsterdam Center for International Law

Visiting Researchers

The ACIL is proud to welcome visiting researchers to enrich our research centre throughout the year. During the 2017 fall term, we host four visiting researchers:

Elena Corcione

Elena Corcione

Elena Corcione is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Turin, Italy, working on a research project on The Doctrine of autonomous concepts within the European Convention on Human Rights. She is a lawyer admitted to the Turin Bar since 2015. Before joining the PhD program, Corcione was an exchange student at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and she took part in the Human Rights and Migration Law Legal Clinic of the University of Turin. She graduated in International Law with a dissertation on Migration and EU External Relations.

Corcione’s research project at ACIL will focus on the interplay between autonomous concepts and other methods of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights, particularly focusing on the relationship with European consensus. Furthermore, the research will investigate the nature of the interpretative authority exercised by the Court through the adoption of autonomous concepts and its consequences in terms of compliance by member States.

Kenneth Sithebe

Khulisumuzi Kenneth Sithebe

Khulisumuzi Kenneth Sithebe is a researcher affiliated with the SARChL Professorship in International Constitutional Law and an LLD candidate at the Institute for International and Comparative Law of the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. His doctoral thesis is titled The implications of the fair trial standards in Article 46A of the Malabo Protocol for prosecution and trial of international and transnational crimes in Africa, and is supervised by Professor Erika de Wet (University of Pretoria) together with Professor Harmen van der Wilt (University of Amsterdam).

During his stay at the ACIL, Sithebe will primarily engage in research to advance his doctoral thesis. Besides, he will attend two courses offered by the Amsterdam Law School: International Criminal Law and International Criminal Tribunals: Procedural Law.

Mikko Rajavuori

Mikko Rajavuori

Mikko Rajavuori is a Finnish doctoral candidate at the University of Turku, Finland, on the last leg of his PhD. His current research focuses on regulation of state ownership across different regimes of international law from the perspective of fiduciary theories of sovereign authority. His broader research interests lie in the budding business & human rights movement, corporate law, legal theory and, increasingly, climate law. In the past, Rajavuori has also been a visiting fellow in Australian National University, where he worked with Hilary Charlesworth, and Tel Aviv University, where he participated in Eyal Benvenisti’s project on Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity.

While at the ACIL, Rajavuori plans to work with an investment law -related chapter of his dissertation.

Andrea Spagnoli

Andrea Spagnolo

Andrea Spagnolo is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Turin, Department of Law, since 2014. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Eastern Piedmont, since 2016. Spagnolo received his PhD in International Law from the University of Milan in 2012 and has recently been Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg. He is author of a number of publications in public international law and European Union law with a focus on the law of international responsibility; in 2016, he published a book on the attribution of illicit conduct in EU peacekeeping operations. Spagnolo is rapporteur for the encyclopedia OXIO – Oxford International Organizations.

During his visit at the ACIL, Spagnolo will be carrying out a research on the duty of care of international organizations towards their personnel. Particularly, he will be investigating the responsibility issues arising from such a duty. The core question of the research will be: what are the rules applicable for apportioning responsibility between international organizations and their member states in the implementation of the duty of care? 

Published by  ACIL

1 September 2017