Silvia Scarpa

Silvia Scarpa

2009 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Laurea, LUISS University, Rome, 2000
Master, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2002
Dottorato di Ricerca, University "Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna", Pisa, 2006

Silvia Scarpa teaches courses on contemporary slavery and human trafficking, human rights, international law, international organizations and international migration at John Cabot University. She also works as Adjunct Professor of International Law at the Department of Law of LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome (Italy). Previously, she taught a course on migration and multiculturalism in Europe at the American University of Rome (2011-2014), worked as Post-Doctorate Research Fellow in International Human Rights Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy (2009 – 2011) and Lecturer in Public International Law at the University “La Tuscia” of Viterbo, Italy (2007-2009).

Between 2009 and 2015 Dr. Scarpa held training sessions on international law, human rights, trafficking in persons and gender issues at the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) of Vicenza and taught in more than 40 courses for police personnel of peace support operations. She also worked as consultant for various institutions, including, inter alia: the European Commission, as external evaluator of project proposals for the Research Executive Agency (2016); the DG Home of the European Commission in the framework of the ISEC Programme (2012 – 2014); the DG Justice and Consumers in the framework of the Daphne Programme (since 2014) and the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme (since 2014); the Italian Office against Racial Discrimination of the Department of Equal Opportunities (2013), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in the framework of the “Rule of Law Inventory Project” (2007). In 2009 and 2010, she worked as trainer and consultant in Ankara, Turkey in the framework of the Phare Twinning Project “Training of Jandarma Officers on European Human Rights Standards”.

Dr. Scarpa teaches in the Master in International Protection of Human Rights organized by the Department of Political Science of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome (since 2014) and the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management organized by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (since 2003).

Recently, she also contributed to Courses organized by: the Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri of Rome, Italy (since 2010); CEPOL College – Italian Unit (2011-2013); CEPOL College – Portuguese Unit (2013); NATO Defense College of Rome (2011 and 2013); Centro di Addestramento della Polizia di Stato (CAPS) of Cesena, Italy (2012); Frontex – Italian Unit (2012-2013); UNICRI and John Cabot University’s Summer Course on Human Rights (since 2012); the Italian Red Cross (2013); and the Marshall Center (2015).

Dr. Scarpa holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Political Science with a specialization in International Law and Human Rights awarded by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (2006), a Master in International Protection of Human Rights awarded by the University “La Sapienza” of Rome (2002) and a Degree summa cum laude and special mention in Political Science – International Affairs awarded by the University “LUISS Guido Carli” of Rome (2000).

She is the author of the books Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2008) and An Introduction to International Human Rights Standards for Law Enforcement Authorities (UniversItalia, 2012).

Selected Articles:

“The Implementation of the OSCE Commitments on Trafficking in Human Beings by the Italian Authorities” in A. de Guttry (ed.), Implementation of Selected OSCE Commitments on Human Rights and Democracy in Italy: Independent Evaluation Reporto on the Occasion of the Italian OSCE Chairmanship 2018, p. 85 – 137.

“Sulla Tutela dell’ambiente e l’istituzione di aree marine protette nel Mar Glaciale Artico” in LA COMUNITÀ INTERNAZIONALE, vol. 1, 2018, p. 25 – 41.

"La politica artica dell’Unione europea e lo status di osservatore de facto nel Consiglio artico", in STUDI SULL’INTEGRAZIONE EUROPEA, vol. 1, 2018, p. 223 - 232.

SCARPA S. (2017) “Immunità dello Stato straniero, licenziamento e discriminazione della lavoratrice” in GIURISPRUDENZA ITALIANA, vol. 12, pp. 2707 – 2714.

“European Standards of Protection of Victims of Trafficking” in N. Neuwahl and S. Barrere, Coherence and incoherence of migration management and integration, ISBN , Éditions Thémis, 2017, p. 89 – 107.

“La Commissione per la Cooperazione Ambientale del NAAEC e gli allevamenti di salmone: un’analisi del caso BC Salmon Farms“ in A. Del Vecchio and F. Marrella, International Law and Maritime Governance, ISBN 9788863429176, Editoriale Scientifica, 2016, p. 79 – 91.

“The Sovereignty of States, the Right to Family Life and the Right of non-Nationals to Enter, Reside and Avoid Expulsion: Towards a More Balanced Approach?” In GOODWING-GILL G. S. and P. WECKEL (eds) Migration and Refugee Protection in the 21st Century: International Legal Aspects, Hague Academy of International Law/ Academie de Droit International de La Haye. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015, p. 519 - 559.

“The Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa Plantations in Côte d’Ivoire & Direct Obligations of Transnational Corporations” in J. L. Cernic and T. Van Ho (eds.) Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015, p. 429 – 446.

“Guaranteeing the Broadest Protection to Minors in the Aftermath of Disasters: Re-Framing the International Discussion in Terms of Child Abduction, Sale, and Trafficking” 4(1) JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LEGAL STUDIES (2014) 131 - 146.

“Assessing the Effects on Students' Awareness and Actions Produced by the Course «Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery»” In AAVV. Special issue of the The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society (2012), p. 81-98, WASHINGTON D.C.: The Johns Hopkins University, available at

“Fighting against human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation: the actions in Western Europe” REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE DROIT PENAL, vol. 3-4 (2011), p. 563-587.