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Francesco Romani is a British Red Cross Research Fellow on the joint British Red Cross/International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) project on customary international humanitarian law. Prior to joining the project, Francesco worked as a research assistant for the IHEID Global Governance Centre, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, and Interpeace, and as a teaching assistant for the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Francesco holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; his doctoral dissertation focused on the notion and function of belligerent reprisals in international armed conflict. During his doctoral studies, he was a Michigan Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Pavia, where he was affiliated with the Collegio Borromeo; he has also been awarded the Diploma in Social Sciences from the Institute of Advanced Study (IUSS) in Pavia and the Certificat de Droit Transnational from the University of Geneva. His research interests span from international humanitarian and human rights law to peace-building and strategic studies. Francesco speaks fluently Italian, English and French, and reads Spanish. 


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