Principal investigators

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.

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