Giulia Marini


Giulia joined GICJ in February 2019. She is a pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at the University of Padua. She is currently studying international law at the University of Geneva, with a deep focus on international humanitarian law, international human rights law and the interplay between those fields. She developed a particular interest in the application of international human rights law in contexts of armed conflict. In her free time, Giulia has volunteered for many civil society organizations both in Italy and abroad dealing with human rights, social injustices and organized crime. During her work at GICJ, she aims to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the several UN human rights mechanisms and to network with the different stakeholders present in Geneva.

Elisa Cifiello

United States / Italy

Elisa joined GICJ in February 2019. Elisa is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Boston University, with a track in International Systems and World Order, and a regional focus on South Asia.  Currently, Elisa is doing a semester exchange with the University of Geneva. Elisa grew up in Bangladesh and Israel, and volunteered with children with disabilities, and with a refugee resettlement agency in Boston. Elisa hopes to pursue her career in line with international development, and to learn more about the right to development.

Benedetta Viti


Benedetta Viti joined GICJ in January 2019. She holds a Master Degree in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies and she recently completed a Diploma in United Nations and Global Challenges from the Graduate Institute (2017) Geneva, Switzerland. Benedetta has working experience in Marketing & Communication in Switzerland, UK and the MENA Region and has been active with NGOs in Geneva, UK and Italy. She has a keen interest in human rights and the activities of the United Nations Human Rights Council; she believes in the integration of human rights in the economic sphere and the advancement of sustainable development through human rights.

Pia Siebert


Pia joined GICJ in January 2019. She is a law student from the University of Münster in Germany and is currently studying international law with a focus on international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Geneva. On top of her studies and her professional interest in human rights, Pia is passionate about supporting socially disadvantaged people by volunteering with the Red Cross, Amnesty International’s local groups and various other local projects in both Germany and Switzerland. During her work at GICJ she aims to obtain in-depth knowledge about the human rights bodies of the United Nations and practical experience in the field of human rights. Her areas of particular interest are humanitarian issues, disarmament and international humanitarian law. Apart from her mother-tongue German Pia speaks English, French, Spanish and Polish.

Christopher Gawronski

United States

Chris joined GICJ in August 2018. He recently completed a U.S. law degree (J.D.) at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. and is a Finn International Service Fellow. Chris’s interest in international law led him to GICJ where he hopes to gain first-hand experience interacting with UN agencies and practical knowledge about the use and development of international law regarding human rights. Chris has a keen interest in the international law of outer space and how space law and human rights can promote a more just and sustainable future for humanity. Chris also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in urban planning and has lived and worked in the US, Canada, and the Middle East.

Rita Franceschet

France / Italy

Rita joined GICJ in February 2019. She is currently completing her master’s degree in International and European law at the University of Geneva Law School. Passionate about law and translation, Rita pursued her studies in legal translation and law at the University of Geneva Law School. Rita successfully completed a specialization programme in European Law and Institutions at the European Institute of the University of Geneva and she recently completed a six-month legal internship at the Centre for European Legal Studies, Jean Monnet Excellence Centre, of the University of Geneva. Since 2014, she has been working in Geneva as a teaching assistant of law and as a consultant for public information. Rita has a keen interest in human rights, sustainable development, intellectual property and International litigation. She speaks French, English, Spanish, Italian and German. In the future, she would like to work as legal advisor and professor of law.


Giorgia Airoldi


Giorgia Airoldi joined GICJ in February 2019. She graduated in March 2018, with a Master Degree in Law from the University of Bergamo, Italy. She majored in particular in International Criminal Law, with a final dissertation on the issue of Human Trafficking in Nepal, after gaining first-hand experience during an internship in Kathmandu. She is particularly interested in human rights and refugee law and she completed in 2019 her Second level master’s degree in Migration Law. Her thesis was about Israel’s migration policies and the issue of Palestinian Refugees: legal, legislative and comparative aspects, written after field research conducted in Jerusalem.

Mutua K. Kobia

Kenya / Switzerland

Mutua Kobia joined GICJ in January 2017. After graduating with a Master Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Geneva School of Diplomacy (2013) in Geneva, Switzerland, Mutua has been very active in the NGO Community in Geneva. Gender relations, the environment, and indigenous communities has been the interest and focus of much of his work particularly at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Mutua also holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from Hope College, Holland, Michigan. He intends to expand his knowledge in the field of human rights, international law, and justice as well as taking a more hands on approach and involvement with grass roots work and local on-the-ground projects.

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