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Maria Sole Continiello Neri

  • Maria Sole Continiello Neri has been at HSE University since 2017.

Education and Degrees

  • 2015

    PhD in International Public Law
    University of Pisa
    Thesis Title: Human Rights protection during Military Occupation

  • 2007

    Master's in International Public Law
    Sapienza University of Rome

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

Visiting Research

05/2013-10/2013     Visiting Researcher (Erasmus Plus Fellowship). Max Planck Institute for International Public Law- Heidelberg, Germany

05/2012-09/2012      Visiting Scholar (NUI Galway Fellowship). Irish Centre for Human Rights National University of Ireland- Galway, Ireland

Master and Advanced Courses 

08/2017-08/2017 International Law Summer School at Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law– Ramallah, West Bank

10/2016-09/2017 Advanced Course in Immigration and International Protection Law. Ius&Nomos in partnership with IOM, UNHCR, CIR et al. - Rome, Italy

09/2010-06/2011 Master in Diplomatic Affairs. The Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) - Rome, Italy.


03/2016 – 03/2016 Training Course in Project Cycle Management. European Commission - Brussels, Belgium

04/2016 – 04/2016 Training Course in Logical Framework Approach. European Commission - Brussels, Belgium

05/2016 – 06/2016 Training Course in Procurement and Grants for European Union External Action. European Commission - Brussels, Belgium

05/2016 – 05/2016 Training Course in Tools for Monitoring and Evaluation. European Commission - Brussels, Belgium

07/2013 – 07/2013 The Civilian Personnel of Peace-keeping/Peace-building Operations. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies - Pisa, Italy

Courses (2018/2019)



9 August 2018                                    Higher School of Economics, (Faculty of Sociology) - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. “The Russian Law on Refugees: limitations and criticlaities” . International Scientific and Practical Seminar “Migration and Society In the EU and Russia: Discourses, Practices, Narratives. (Interntational seminar on "Migration and Society in Russia and the EU: discourses, practices, narratives")

15 March 2018                                   World Economy and International Affairs Faculty - Moscow, Russia . “Women's rights during military occupation” . Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in Developing Societies.

15 June 2017 University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Department of History, Humanities and Society – Rome, Italy. “L'incontro del comunismo riformatore e della Chiesa Cattolica con i diritti umani” (The approach of the reformist comunism with the Catholic Church and Human Rights Law). Workshop Prin 2017.
5 June 2013 Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, DIRPOLIS – Pisa, Italy. “The historical and juridical analysis of the occupatio bellica: from the hague regulations of 1899 and 1907 to the actual praxis.” Seminar Doctoral.

20 March 2013 ‘La Sapienza’ University - Rome, Italy. “Privatizing war: the international challenges for regulating Private Military and Security Companies”

19 March 2013 Italian Parliament, Rome, Italy. Commission for Foreign Affairs and Defense. Presentation of the advocacy campaign 'Stop alla Privatizzazione della Guerra!'

5 December 2012 Brescia University and Associazione ADL Zavidovici- Brescia, Italy. International Law and Human Rights Law in cases. “Iraq after Saddam Hussein. “IHL.” (Lecturer)

14 August 2012 United Nations - Geneva, Switzerland. Open Ended Inter-Governmental Working Group on an international regulatory framework for the activities of PMSCs. (2nd session)


11/2017-08/2018                                Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre of Comparative Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics – Moscow, Russia

05/2016-05/2017                                Grant for research in the project “ Le missioni militari italiane all’estero”. Istituto di studi politici “S. Pio V” - Rome, Italy

05/2013-10/2013                                Visiting Research (Erasmus Plus Fellowship). Max Planck Institute for International Public Law- Heidelberg, Germany

05/2012-09/2012                                Visiting Scholar (NUI Galway Fellowship). Irish Centre for Human Rights National University of Ireland- Galway, Ireland

01/2011-01/2014                                Doctoral scholarship. Sant’Anna Advanced School of Studies (SSSUP) - Pisa, Italy

09/2008-04/2009                                Teaching Assistant in “Cybercrime and Criminal Law” at the Faculty of Political Science, Tuscia University (UNITUS) – Viterbo, Italy                                             

Employment history


10/2016 –10/2017   Integration Programme Support Officer. Italian Red Cross (IV Municipality, Humanitarian Presidium CRI) - Rome, Italy        

03/2016–08/2016   Legal Assistant (Blue Book Traineeship). European Commission DEVCO – Unit G3 “Legal,Contract and Finance for Latin America and Caribbean” - Bruxelles, Belgi

03/2012–05/2014   Legal Advisor/Scentific Coordinator for the international campaign ‘ControlPMSC’. Un Ponte Per (UPP)/Rete Italiana Per il Disarmo - Rome , Italy

10/2008 - 04/2009 Teaching Assistant in “Cybercrime and Criminal Law” at the Faculty of Political Science, Tuscia University (UNITUS) – Viterbo, Italy                                                            

03/2008 - ­04/2009     Junior Legal Associate (Criminal and Environmental Law).  Pellegrino & partners - Rome, Italy          

11/2007–02/2008   Legal Apprenticeship (Family and Civil Law). Martignetti Law Firm - Rome, Italy                  

11/2005–11/2007   Administrative Assistant (University Fellowship). Department of International Law and European Law at Faculty of Law,  ‘La Sapienza’ University - Rome, Italy   

HSE International Summer University in Full Swing

Every summer, HSE’s International Summer University attracts students, graduate students, post-docs, and professionals from around the world who wish to spend several weeks in Moscow to deepen their knowledge in a variety of fields. With the programme entering its second month, HSE News Service sat down with several students to talk about their impressions of it so far.

HSE Welcomes Students to International Summer University 2019

On June 24, HSE University held an opening ceremony for its International Summer University. Newly arrived students from 32 countries around the globe including Germany, the US, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and others were welcomed by First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev and Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov.

Aftermath of Armed Conflicts for Civilians: a Human Rights Perspective

Maria Sole Continiello Neri, Research Fellow at Faculty of Law, shares how her academic work is related to current challenges in human rights protection, and how close collaboration with colleagues on teaching helps to build research connections.

Centre of Comparative Law Provides a Home for Italian Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Maria Sole Continiello Neri, a native of Rome, Italy, recently joined the Centre of Comparative Law at HSE as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. While at HSE, she will study Russian immigration law and practice against the backdrop of the European Court of Human Rights. She also plans to study law and ethics of the use of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs) during armed conflict.

Welcome Aboard: Post-Doc Introductions

Every year, HSE hires post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. And in 2017-18, more than 30 of them started work at laboratories and research centres in a large range of fields and specializations. The HSE Lookis pleased to introduce this year’s international researchers, so that you can learn more about your colleagues and find out about opportunities for potential collaboration.