Daria DAVITTI

Professor Daria Davitti holds a PhD in Law and LLM (Master in Law, with specialization in Human Rights) from the University of Nottingham (UK), where she is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Law (on leave of absence) and the Head of the Human Rights Law Centre's Forced Migration Unit. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University, Faculty of Law (Sweden) where she leads the Liquid Borders research project which examines EU migration policies of externalization, cooperation with third countries, privatization and development aid for migration. The project considers how these policies contribute to the 'liquidity' of the EU border, and the implications in terms of responsibility for breaches of international law. The theoretical framework underpinning this project is set out in her article 'Biopolitical Borders and the State of Exception in the European Migration 'Crisis'', published in the European Journal of International Law, issue 29(4) of 2019, and is further developed in various forthcoming publications.

Her research mainly focuses on the implementation of international law and international human rights law in complex contexts, such as situations of armed conflict, forced migration and humanitarian emergencies. She examines the obligations and responsibility of states, international organizations (including international financial institutions) and private companies operating in such contexts, especially in relation to the privatization of migration and the relevance of impact investing in refugee responses. Prior to joining academia, Professor Davitti served as a human rights field officer with the United Nations (both the former Department of Peacekeeping Operations, DPKO, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR), and was deployed in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009. Her research on Afghanistan has been published in a recent monograph with Hart Publishing (2019) on the protection of the right to water in the context of extractive sector investment.

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