Annalisa Ciampi

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association


In this Current Issues Podcast, ACUNS Executive Director, Alistair Edgar, is joined by Professor Annalisa Ciampi to discuss her role as the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. Ciampi started this mandate in May 2017. She discusses the role of the Special Rapporteur (SR) and her first  report, which was prepared for the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.  The report describes the SR’s role, her vision for her mandate, addresses the contributions of her predecessor, and establishes Ciampi’s thematic priorities and working methods. Building on the foundation provided by her predecessor, Ciampi focuses on implementation, the delivery of relevant information, and the need to make rights effective. To fulfill her mandate, and as part of her litigation project she will act as “amicus curiae, legal expert and third party intervenor, in cases where the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association are at stake.” In light of the need for action and fluid priorities, Ciampi concludes by suggesting that this topic and our conversation is re-visited in a year as this is an ongoing issue and a moving field.

As a Special Procedure mandate-holder, Ciampi works on a voluntary basis; she is not UN staff and does not receive a salary for her work. She is independent from any government or organization and serves in her individual capacity.

The report “Rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association” (14 July 2017, A/72/135) is available in multiple languages on the UN-OHCR website. You can also download the report here.

Annalisa Ciampi is UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Professor of International Law, University of Verona; Visiting Professor of European Human Rights Law at the Monash University (Prato Centre, in Italy); and a member of the ACUNS Board of Directors (2017–2020). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florence (Juris Doctor), has a Master’s Degree from Harvard Law School (LLM) and a PhD in International Law from the University of Rome La Sapienza. A Professor of Law since 2005, she was a visiting professor at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute (2008) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales (I.H.E.I.), Université Panthéon – Assas (Paris II)(2009). In 2010, Prof. Ciampi was selected as Brandon Fellow at the Lautherpacht Centre of International Law (Cambridge, UK). She has served as a member of the European Committee of Social Rights; an expert to the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law of the Council of Europe; an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights; and as a legal adviser to the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She was a Visiting Professional with the Legal and Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Her scholarly publications law have appeared in leading international journals such as the American Journal of International Law, Rivista di diritto internazionale and the Journal of International Criminal Justice. In addition, Ciampi has also published a book on the impact of the work of the Security Council on human rights.