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Gaetano Pentassuglia

Reader in International Law and Human Rights, University of Liverpool

Dr Pentassuglia is a Reader in International Law and Human Rights and Director of the LLM Programme. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Munich University (1999-2005), a Guest Lecturer at the University of Lund Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and a Senior Research Fellow at the European Centre for Minority Issues. He has been a post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellow in Law, a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative Law and International Law in Heidelberg, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of Lapland. Since joining Liverpool University he has been a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (2010), an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and University of Palermo (2009), and a Visiting Professor at the Academy of European Law, EUI (2011), and the University of Milano-Bicocca (2012). He specialises in public international law and international human rights law, particularly the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. Gaetano's research focuses on the protection afforded to minority groups under international human rights law. He has written extensively about the approaches of judges to minority groups, wider issues of self-determination, identity and equality, as well as the rights of indigenous communities, including land rights. Gaetano has also examined how minority groups are defined,the reasons which underpin their protection, and the interface of minority protection with other areas of international law and policy. Gaetano is widely recognized as a scholar and expert in these areas. He has authored more than thirty publications, including four books, two edited collections, one multi-authored guide and several articles in prestigious legal journals.


  • –present
    Reader in International Law and Human Rights, University of Liverpool