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Single Cycle Degree in Law (University of Bologna, Italy), LLM (KCL), PGCertHE (LSE)
I joined York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights in 2022, having previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I also interned at the European Court of Human Rights (Registry) and at the International Criminal Court (Office of Public Counsel for the Defence), and I worked as a research assistant at King's College London.
My research interests encompass human rights, criminal law, social-legal theory, international and transnational law, discourse analysis and international political sociology. My doctoral thesis, entitled Human Rights as Sources of Penality and written at the LSE Law School, examines the role that human rights play in fostering and justifying penality. It adopts a socio-legal perspective that gives priority to Discourse Analysis, a method inspired by the work of Michel Foucault. The research takes human trafficking and torture as its case studies and has a three-tier focus on the international stage, Europe and the United Kingdom. In this context, it recovers the contemporary and historical assumptions that sustain, and lie behind, the deployment of penal means to protect and promote human rights.
I approach the study of human rights and penality from a social-legal and transnational perspective which investigates the functions and limits of law as a social phenomenon, embedded in historical and socio-political contexts.
My primary area of research focuses on the relationship between human rights and penality. In particular, I am interested in the role that human rights play in both limiting as a ‘shield’ and triggering as a ‘sword’ the state’s penal powers. My doctoral thesis investigates whether, how and why human rights have become sources of expanded penality. It not only considers changes in legislation and judgments but focuses especially on its legal and political discursive formations. My current research also explores possible alternatives for dealing with human rights violations without turning to penal solutions. It looks, for instance, at methods of accountability for torture beyond the punitive frame and at the relationship between human rights activism and penal abolitionism.
In addition to the above research, I am working on a project with Dr Audrey Alejandro (LSE Methodology) on developing a methodological toolkit for researchers and students on ‘law as/and discourse’.
Masters, University of Bologna
1 Sep 2012 → 5 Dec 2017
Award Date: 5 Dec 2017
Masters, King's College London
20 Sep 2016 → 30 Sep 2017
Award Date: 30 Sep 2017
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Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Mattia Pinto (Advisor), Silvana Tapia Tapia (Advisor) & Natasa Mavronicola (Advisor)
Activity: Other › Public engagement and outreach (general)
Mattia Pinto (Invited speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation › Workshop