BiographyAnita Ferrara is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She obtained an honours BA degree in Political Science, International Relations at the University of Siena in 2001. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Florence in 2002 and a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa in 2004. She successfully completed her PhD in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2012. She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow at SOAS lecturing on post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation processes. Anita has recently published a research monograph entitled: “Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Truth Commissions: the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective”. Her book is one of the first studies assessing the longer term impact of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.
Before her academic career, Anita worked for United Nations Agencies and NGOs in the field of human rights. She has worked at the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Santiago, Chile and at the United Nations Development Programme in Gaborone, Botswana. She also worked at the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) as an intern of the Human Rights Defenders Programme in Geneva.
Anita is fluent in English, Spanish and has good working knowledge of Portuguese.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
International humanitarian law
Peace building and Post-conflict Reconstruction
Latin American Studies