Marcella Ferri is PhD in Science of International Cooperation and Adjunct Professor (equivalent to the Italian title: Professore a contratto) of Institutions of Comparative and European Law - module of European Law - (a. y. 2016-2017) at the University of Bergamo.
She collaborated as expert consultant to some research projects promoted by the Council of Europe and she worked as Project Assistant at the Directorate General of Democracy of the Council of Europe. She was Research Fellow at the University of Bergamo, Visiting Student at the United Nations in Geneva and at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Ethics and Human Rights of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
Her main interests lie on the international protection of human rights, with a peculiar focus on cultural rights; on those issues she published some articles and a book (From the participation to identity. The evolution of international protection of cultural rights, Milan, 2015, in Italian).
International Human Rights Law
The course aims to provide an overview of the international norms and institutions designed to promote and protect human rights at the international level.
The course will analyze the main human rights instruments adopted within the United Nations system (especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), and at the regional level. A special attention will be paid to the European region, by analyzing the case-law of the European Convention on Human Rights of the Council of Europe.
After the analysis of international instruments, the course will allow students to examine and debate some specific topics, such as the right to cultural identity, freedom of online expression, freedom of religion and belief, and the interplay between business and human rights.