About / À propos
Dr. Carmen Draghici is Reader in Law and Assistant Dean (Research) at The City Law School, City, University of London, where she joined in 2009. She is also an Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple (2018-2021), a member of the practice-focused Centre for Child and Family Law Reform (since 2010) and a Visiting Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (since 2009). She was formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program (2015), a Visiting Research Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2012), and a Leverhulme Visiting Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London (2008). Dr. Draghici holds a PhD degree in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ (awarded in 2007). She specialises in human rights law, with a particular interest in the interpretation and application of the European Convention on Human Rights, and family and child law in England and Wales.
Dr. Draghici has authored a monograph on the development of family rights in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (“The Legitimacy of Family Rights in Strasbourg Case Law: ‘Living Instrument’ or Extinguished Sovereignty?”, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017), as well as journal articles and book chapters on the right to respect for private and family life, non-discrimination, freedom of expression, the protection of civil liberties in the context of counter-terrorism, and the relationship between international human rights norms and domestic law. Recent titles include: “Adult Children and Elderly Parents in Strasbourg Proceedings: A Misconstrued Approach to ‘Family Life’”, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 1/ 2018, 42-62; “Equal Marriage, Unequal Civil Partnership: A Bizarre Case of Discrimination in Europe”, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 4/2017, 313-334; “The Strasbourg Court between European and Local Consensus: Anti-Democratic or Guardian of Democratic Process?”, Public Law, Jan. 2017, 11-29.
In addition to her academic work and collaboration with the legal profession, Dr. Draghici has supported the International Federation of Journalists’ advocacy efforts at UN level for improved international guarantees for media workers by preparing and promoting a Draft UN Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and other Media Professionals.