Current Visiting Fellows
Silvia Cittadini (Italy)
Silvia Cittadini is currently a PhD Candidate in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (Italy), where she is working on a research on Romani minority and housing. Before enrolling on the PhD, Silvia obtained a BA and MA in International Relations at the University of Torino and an MA at the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe (ERMA) at the University of Sarajevo/University of Bologna.
She started being engaged on issues regarding the Romani minority in 2011 when she was working as Project Assistant in a local NGO working in this field in Torino. After some years, she decided to go back to University and continuing working in this field at the academic level. Between 2014 and 2015, she conducted a research in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the inclusion policies implemented by the Bosnian government within the Decade of Roma Inclusion, especially in the fields of housing and education. She also worked as Project Assistant at the European Partnership for Democracy in Brussels.
Other than Roma, Silvia research’s interests include cultural diversity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism. Furthermore, she is particularly interested and focused on the East European area. Within ECMI, Silvia will be working with Dr. Zora Popova on her research project on Romani minority and housing. Here, she will conduct a critical analysis of the latest policies implemented in this field at the European and Italian level, and she will investigate new potential approaches able to further empower this minority.
Hadi Salehi (Iran)
Hadi Salehi is currently a PhD candidate in Public Law at Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) in Tehran, Iran, where he is working on his thesis, entitled “The genealogy of legal recognition of minorities” with his first supervisor, Dr. Amir Nikpey. He has obtained his LL.M degree from Shahid Beheshti University in Public Law and has passed his LL. B at Guilan University.
Also, he is a practitioner as an attorney at law (lawyer) at the Iranian Central Bar Association, and legal advisor at The Iranian Ministry of ICT & Iranian Telecommunication Research Center.
His main research subject is discovering the process of legal recognition of minorities. In this regard, he is interested in identifying the proper necessary criteria, needed when a potential group alters its entity to a minority under the legal system. He is working on the Iranian potential minorities, who are expecting a legal recognition.
In addition, he has been engaged in various academic activities and worked on several researches during the previous years, such as: The Feasibility of creating an independent body for implementing Presidential & Parliament election in Iran (LL.M dissertation), The Freedom of sexual relationship for same sex couples and heterosexuals in Iran under the Right to Marriage, Applying Foucault methodology for legal recognition of minorities, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights Law, women rights in Iran. Moreover, as a visiting lecturer at Islamic Azad University (Central Tehran Branch & E-Campus) in Tehran, Iran, he has presented different courses for Law students in Bachelor degree, such as Human Rights Law and Islam, Public Law and Islam, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law.
At ECMI, he will be working on his PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Osipov.
Graham Donnelly (UK)
Graham is a lawyer from Scotland and currently an ESRC PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow’s Department of Central and East European Studies. He holds degrees in Politics, from the university of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, and law, from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. In academia, Graham has focused on ethnic minority issues and EU external affairs; firstly completing a Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, writing on the longevity of minority rights reforms in Latvia, following EU accession in 2004; and now, his PhD research focuses on the EU as an actor in minority rights and issues in the EU’s (Eastern) ‘neighbourhood’.
As well as the legal profession, he has worked as a policy officer with the devolved Scottish Government, and, as a research and evaluation consultant with a private firm. He has worked with Scotland’s only ethnic minority law centre (EMLC), as a legal researcher, working on asylum and immigration cases, and he also works in a voluntary capacity with Amnesty International as a country coordinator for the former Soviet Union team, working on cases involving Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and is a Director of his local Citizens Advice Service. Graham teaches on two courses at the Department of Central and East European Studies: Communism and its Collapse and Communism in the Age of Stalin.
Graham’s research interests lie at the crossroads of the fields of international (or European) law and politics, with a special interest in how these fields impact on ethnic minority groups and peoples. Whilst at ECMI, where his stay is funded by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, (CRCEES). Graham will be working with Dr. Alexander Osipov, being part of the Cluster Justice&Governance. He will also be drafting the UK section of ECMI’s new Minority Map and Timeline for Europe, in collaboration with Sonja Wolff.