Silvia Gagliardi holds a PhD in Human Rights (2018) from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway. Between 2014 and 2018, she was a recipient of the Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship. Her doctoral thesis analysed the relationship between the rights of indigenous peoples and minority groups and women’s rights, using post-2011 Morocco as a case study. In 2019, she was awarded an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2019 (declined). She previously published on issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence against women, indigenous peoples’ rights as well as the rights of minority and indigenous women. Her doctoral dissertation was published by Routledge in 2020 as a book monograph titled “Minority Rights, Feminism and International Law: Voices of Amazigh Women in Morocco”. Her areas of interest and expertise are: Human rights, gender and women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ and minorities’ rights, decolonial feminism, comparative constitutionalism, and the Middle East and North Africa. 

Prior to joining UCD Sutherland School of Law as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Silvia worked for over ten years for various international organisations and NGOs, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE)/ Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Poland); Trócaire (Ireland); the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR; in Tunisia and Lebanon); three OSCE’s field operations (Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and North Macedonia); the Human Solidarity Group (Sri Lanka); and Amnesty International (USA). Silvia was a focal point for Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) in different organisations. She also serves as a Gender and SGBV Adviser in both Irish Aid Rapid Response and CANADEM Rosters as well as a Human Rights Officer for OHCHR.