Team members

Professor Eric Heinze, Project Leader, UK team

Professor Eric Heinze

Queen Mary University of London


Having earned degrees from the Universities of Paris, Harvard and Leiden, Eric Heinze has also won grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the US Fulbright Foundation, the French Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, and Harvard University. He has worked for the International Commission of Jurists, has advised several NGOs, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Human Rights and the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Heinze’s books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (OUP 2016), The Concept of Injustice (Routledge, 2013), The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate, 2005), The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge, 2003), The Logic of Equality (Ashgate, 2003), and Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (Ashgate 2000). His writing appears in Oxford Journal of Legal StudiesHarvard Human Rights JournalModern Law ReviewRatio JurisLegal StudiesMichigan Journal of International LawSocial and Legal Studies and many other journals and edited collections.

Dr Uladzislau Belavusau, Principal investigator, Dutch team

Uladzislau Belavusau

T. M. C. Asser Instituut – University of Amsterdam


Uladzislau Belavusau is a Senior Researcher in European law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute – University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Previously he was an Assistant Professor of EU law and human rights at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2011-2015). He holds a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and an LLM from the Collège d’Europe (Bruges, Belgium). Dr Belavusau has held visiting fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley (USA), Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg, Germany), York University (Toronto, Canada), and Tel Aviv University (Israel). He has guest-lectured at the Amsterdam University College, Tilburg University, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), York University (Canada), European University Institute and LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome (Italy). He is the author of a monograph Freedom of Speech (Routledge, 2013) and the co-editor of Law and Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He is currently co-editing a forthcoming volume on EU Anti-Discrimination Law (Hart: Oxford, 2018).

Dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, Principal investigator, Polish team

Dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias

Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences


Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is an author of a monograph Combating Antisemitism: International Law Instruments (in Polish, Wolters Kluwer 2014). Currently she is co-editing a book Law and Historical Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2017). A recipient of the 2015-2018 Fellowship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in science and research, Gliszczyńska-Grabias was also the 2014 Bohdan Winiarski Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge, and Graduate Fellow of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, Yale University (2010/2011). In 2015, she joined the Board of Young Researchers of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland and the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies. She is an expert in the Council of Europe 'HELP in the 28' programme (“Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia”).

Dr Emanuela Fronza, Principal investigator, Italian team

Dr Emanuela Fronza

Department of Law, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna


After ten years as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento (September 2005 – April 2016), Dr Emanuela Fronza is currently a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the Department of Juridical Sciences at the University of Bologna, where she teaches European and International Criminal Law. Furthermore, she is Chercheur Associé at the Unité Mixte de Recherche de Droit Comparé of the University of Paris 1. Since 2004, she is a member of the Grupo Latinoamericano de Estudios sobre el Derecho Penal Internacional. She is also member of the Board of Professors of the Doctoral School of the School of International Studies of the University of Trento. Between 2008 and 2012, Fronza served as a fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is the author of a monograph on the criminalization of  historical denialism (Memory and Punishment. Historical denialism, free speech and the limits of criminal law, Asser Press, 2018, forthcoming) and co-author of two books on transitional justice in Latin America: Percorsi giurisprudenziali in tema di gravi violazioni dei diritti umani. Materiali dal laboratorio dell' America Latina (University of Trento, 2011) and Il superamento del passato e il superamento del presente: la punizione delle violazioni sistematiche dei diritti umani nelle esperienze argentina e colombiana (University of Trento, 2009). She is also coatuhor of the book Le crime contre l’humanité, PUF, Paris, 2018 (III. ed).

Prof. Michele Caianiello, Senior researcher, Italian team

Prof. Michele Caianiello

Department of Law, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna

Michele Caianiello is the Professor of national, European and international criminal procedure at the University of Bologna. Since November 2015, he is the Deputy Head of the Department of Juridical Sciences. He is a lawyer since 1998, and practiced until 2006 in the field of criminal law. In 2015, he was admitted to the list of Assistants to Counsel of the International Criminal Court. He has taken part in several national and international research projects; among them: Suspects in Europe. Procedural Rights at the Investigative Stage of the Criminal Process in the Europen Union, coordinated by Ties Prakken and Taru Spronken, University of Maastricht (2005) and Rethinking European Criminal Justice, coordinated by Ulrich Sieberg, Max-Planck Institut fur Auslandische-und-Internationale Strafrecht, Freiburg (2006). Since December 2012, he is an editor of the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Together with the University of North Carolina, the University of Warwick and the University of Basel, he created a research network on criminal justice – The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems. The network organizes an annual Conference on relevant issues on criminal justice in a comparative perspective.

Nanor Kebranian, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, UK team

Nanor Kebranian

Nanor Kebranian is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theory, History, and Human Rights. She completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford with fellowships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Oxford's Clarendon Fund. She joins Queen Mary after serving as Assistant Professor in Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, where she researched, published, and taught on Ottoman history, literary studies, and human rights. Her project for MELA considers the discursive effects of anti-denialist legislation in Turkey and Europe, focusing specifically on minority rights, cultural destruction, and post-conflict reconciliation.

Marina Bán, PhD Research Assistant, Dutch team

Marina Bán


Ms Marina Bán is a PhD researcher for the MELA team based in the Netherlands. She is working on her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Dr Uladzislau Belavusau and Professor Dr Janne Nijman at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in the Hague, on secondment from the University of Amsterdam. She holds a BA in History from Eotvos Lorand University and an MA in Human Rights from Central European University (both in Budapest, Hungary). In her thesis, she compares the legal governance of memory in France and Hungary, and studies its compatibility with European and international law. She has previously worked for different human rights NGOs in Budapest (Hatter Society for LGBT People and Amnesty International Hungary), mostly dealing with preparing and translating research materials, fundraising and human rights education. Her other research interests include European history (especially of Hungary during and after the communist era), LGBT rights and freedom of expression.

Dr Grażyna Baranowska, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Polish team

Dr Grażyna Baranowska

Dr Grażyna Baranowska joins the project as a Post-Doctorate Researcher as part of the Polish team. She defended her PhD thesis on “Enforced disappearances in Europe. Developing international standards of prevention and reaction” in the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in May 2016. In her work in the MELA project, she will concentrate on conflicts between memory laws and freedom of speech, integrating ECtHR jurisprudence and UN-level relevant norms and policies. She completed her studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Humboldt University Berlin and Kafkas University in Kars, Turkey. Previously she has been a researcher in the project Fostering Human Rights Among European (Internal and External) Policies, funded through the EU’s Seventh Framework Program and worked in the German Bundestag. Additionally she has organized a number of human rights courses and workshops.

Anna Wójcik, PhD Research Assistant, Polish team

Anna Wójcik

Anna Wójcik is a MELA research assistant on the PhD track at the Institute of Law Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences. She holds Master of Arts degrees in Law from the University of Warsaw and in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest. Moreover, Anna obtained BAs in philosophy and cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw in a framework of Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and completed a semester abroad at the Faculty of Philosophy, Sorbonne Paris-IV. A native Polish speaker, she is fluent in English and French and conversational in Russian. Her up-to-date research interests include, but are not limited to, freedom of expression and comparative hate speech policies, as well as political theory, and law and society. In her PhD project, Anna will focus on developments of memory laws in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of transitional justice and memory politics.

Marco Bortoluzzi, Young Researcher, Italian team

Marco Bortoluzzi, Young Researcher, Italian team

Marco Bortoluzzi is the full time young researcher for the MELA Italian team. Marco is working mainly on the memory laws legal database. He has held visiting fellowships at the Katholieke University of Leuven (Belgium) with Prof. Michele Panzavolta as his supervisor, and at the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano in Goettingen (Germany), with Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos as his supervisor. He is also a PhD student at the School of Comparative and European Legal Studies, University of Trento where he is specialising on concursus delictorum in Comparative and International Criminal Law. Marco has been working as a Teaching Assistant in International Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law (University of Trento) and in International and European Criminal Law at the School of Law (University of Bologna). He is also a member of the examining board at both the University of Trento and Bologna. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Marco did an internship at the Office of the Prosecutor in Trento, assisting the Chief Prosecutor at both the investigatory and judiciary stage. He graduated from the University of Trento (110 cum laude) with a thesis on “The responsibility of a former head of State for international crimes. The Charles Taylor case”.

Mr Piergiuseppe Parisi, Research Assistant, Italian team

Mr Piergiuseppe Parisi

Piergiuseppe Parisi is a PhD candidate at the School of International Studies, University of Trento, specialising on the domestic impact of international commissions of inquiry. Piergiuseppe is a part-time research assistant for the MELA Italian Research Unit. He is also serving as co-director of the Advocacy Group of the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group and as trustee for the same organisation, and has been a delegate in two independent civil society fact-finding missions to Colombia. Piergiuseppe has been working as a Teaching Assistant in international criminal law and international law at the Faculty of Law and the School of International Studies of the University of Trento. He has also served as Academic Tutor for the Master in International Security Studies at the School. Piergiuseppe has held visiting fellowships at the University College London - UCL and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is currently conducting fieldwork for his doctoral research. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Piergiuseppe interned at the International Criminal Court, assisting the Investigation Division. He is legally trained in Italy, where he has worked for different law firms. He holds a combined CPE/PgDip/LLM in Legal Studies from the London South Bank University and a combined BA/MA in Law (Transnational Law Programme) from the University of Trento. He is proficient in English and Spanish and has a good command of French and a basic knowledge of Arabic.

Dr Paolo Caroli, Research Assistant, Italian team

Paolo Caroli

Dr. Paolo Caroli (Trento, 1986) is a practicing attorney and is teaching assistant of International Criminal Law in the universities of Trento and Bologna. In 2017 he defended his PhD (cum laude) at the University of Trento about the Italian experience of transitional justice after World War II. In 2012 he worked as intern in the International Crimes and Accountability team of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin and he still collaborates with the center as ECCHR alumnus. He also works as journalist.

Aylin Gayibli, Project Assistant, Dutch team

Aylin Gayibli, Project Assistant, Dutch team

Aylin Gayibli is the project assistant for the Dutch team and the EU and Human Rights Law trainee at T.M.C. Asser Instituut. Aylin recently graduated summa cum laude from her LLM in European Law at Leiden University and holds a BA (Hons) Law from the University of Nottingham (UK), with a special focus on international law. Her LLM thesis on the compatibility of the Investment Court System in CETA with EU law engaged with aspects of international dispute settlement as well as EU constitutional, external action and substantive rules. Her previous professional experience includes an internship at the EU law division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and a mini pupillage in a human rights law chambers.

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