Cristiano d'Orsi

Dr Cristiano d’Orsi is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg. He holds a Laurea (BA (Hon) equivalent, International Relations, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia); a Master’s Degree (Diplomatic Studies, Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), Rome); a two-year Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (Master of Advanced Studies equivalent, International Relations (International Law), Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva); and a Ph.D. in International Relations (International Law) from the same institution. In addition, Cristiano holds a Certificate in Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development (European University Institute (EUI), Florence); a Diploma in International Refugee Law (Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (IIDH), Strasbourg); a Certificate in European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum (Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels); and an Advanced Certificate in International Protection of Human Rights (Åbo Akademi University, Åbo /Turku).

Cristiano has been a Europeaum Research Scholar (Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford); an Albert Gallatin Research Fellow (University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville); a DAAD Research Fellow (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg); a Visiting Research Fellow (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund); a Candidate at the Centre for Studies and Research (The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague); and a Hugo Grotius Research Scholar (University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor).

Cristiano has been previously a Part-Time Lecturer at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), in Sanremo and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

His research interests mainly deal with the legal protection of asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and IDPs in Africa, with African Human Rights Law, and, more broadly, with the development of Public International Law in Africa.

He currently lectures in his main areas of expertise, carries out various researchers in the same areas and regularly delivers presentations in international conferences.

Cristiano is an author of more than twenty among articles and chapters in books, and of a monograph: “Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Peregrination of a Persecuted Human Being in Search of a Safe Haven” (London/New York: Routledge, 2015).

In 2015, Cristiano has been identified, by the Research Committee of that University, as one of the most prominent researchers at the University of Pretoria.

Apart from Italian (his mother tongue), Cristiano regularly works both in English and in French.