Elisabetta Ferrarini graduated in Law at the University of Genoa in Italy and holds a Master's Degree in Decentralised International Cooperation within the framework of the United Nations, from the University of the Basque Country. She conducted a study on “The activism of the Colombian Constitutional Court in protecting the effective enjoyment of the rights of people in forced displacement”, as her final Master’s Degree research.
She has a solid background in human rights and international mechanisms of protection with particular reference to women and children rights. She also commits on LGBT rights, undertaking both a quantitative and qualitative research, dealing with sexual violence and migration issues.
She worked as an Associate Expert for OHCHR, The Regional Office for South America of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Discrimination and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Area. Her job involved the development of analytical documents, i.e. "Orientación Sexual e Identidad de Género en el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos”. She also redacted reports for Mr. Ben Emmerson, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human rights and Counter-terrorism, related to the safety of indigenous people. Furthermore she subscribed informs referred to the situation of Human Rights in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, for both Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children and Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.
At UNU-CRIS, Elisabetta was supervised by Dr. Philippe De Lombaerde, Associate Director. She worked on the compatibility of Free Trade Agreements with Constitutional Rights in Bolivia. Her research interests are human rights, socio-economic rights and development.