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Lecturer Biographies

Michelle Oliel is a human rights lawyer and advocacy professional with experience in international organizations as well as the public, private and non-profit sectors. Michelle currently serves as an Associate Legal Officer in the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a Human Rights Consultant for the Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children at Michigan State University. Michelle is also the Co-Founder and Director of Programming and Advocacy of Stahili Foundation, a non-profit organization combating child abuse, labour, exploitation and trafficking in rural Kenya. She has also worked for high profile political figures and has assumed various roles on high profile-political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign and former Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada. She holds a bachelor of Arts in political science from York University (Canada), a J.D. from the University of Windsor (Canada), and an LL.M. in public international law from Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Michelle is also the author of the book "Undervalued and Manipulated? Evaluating China's foreign exchange arrangements under the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization".

Giulia Pinzauti is an international lawyer with experience in international criminal litigation. Giulia currently serves as Associate Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is a member of the executive committee of the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity—a foundation that promotes global education and training in various disciplines such as human rights, humanitarian law and transitional justice— and of the editorial committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (OUP).  Formerly, she was an Assistant Legal Officer in the Appeals Chamber and the Pre-Trial Chamber at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a teaching and research assistant at the University of Florence (Italy), and a broadcast journalist. She holds a PhD in international law from the European University Institute, as well as a BA and MA from the University of Florence. She publishes on international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and public international law.

Elizabeth Turchi is a human rights attorney with experience in international organizations as well as the private and non-profit sectors. Elizabeth currently serves as Associate Legal Officer in the Registry of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Associations’ International Human Rights Committee. She previously served as Associate Legal Officer of the Victims and Witnesses Unit at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as International Legal Adviser to the UN Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, and as Assistant Director of Temple University Beasley School of Law’s International Programs. She holds a B.A in Communications-Public Relations, a Juris Doctor, and an LL.M. in Public International Law.


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