European and International Human Rights at Sea

Welcome to the EHRAS project webpage!

The European and international Human Rights at Sea (EHRAS) is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Action scheme and taking place at the University of Milan-Bicocca in Italy.

EHRAS looks at how European and international law can protect the human rights of all the people who are at sea. It aims to raise awareness on the legal aspects underlying the protection of human rights in the maritime space, exploring the multiple layers of this newly emerging field of research in international law.

The project consists of three key activities:

The EHRAS University course is the first of its kind. Click here for more information!

The lecture series will address empirical problems related to the application of human rights at sea within the context of law enforcement, protection of vulnerable categories of people and strategic litigation.

An open conference gathering academics and practitioners from around the world meant to trigger debate among national and European law-makers.

EHRAS addresses three target categories: 

Accordingly, it aims to educate the future generations of lawyers and the global civil society, both at the national and European level, on the existing legal and political instruments to enforce human rights protection at sea worldwide.

Irini PAPANICOLOPULU, British Academy Global Professor, SOAS University, London.

Marco BORRACCETTI, Associate Professor of EU Law, University of Bologna

Manuel DEVERS, juriste, Cabinet d’avocats Gilles Devers (photo, Radio 100,7)

Maria GAVOUNELI, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; Director, Refugee and Migration Studies Hub - RMS Hub; President, ILA Hellenic Branch 

Mariagiulia GIUFFRÉ, Reader in Law at the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University (UK), Co-Director of the Research Unit in International Justice and Human Rights 

David HAMMOND, Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights at Sea; Barrister (Non-Practicing) 

Pierandrea LEUCCI, Legal Officer at DG MARE (EU COMMISSION), Fisheries Control and Inspections Unit; President and Legal Advisor of ASCOMARE 

Valsamis MITSILEGAS, Professor of European and Global Law and Dean of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.