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Federica Merenda


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Ph.D. Candidate in Human Rights and Global Politics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, LL.M. graduate in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy.

I have acquired a sound international education studying International Relations at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Università di Pisa, Università di Firenze (Cesare Alfieri) and Sciences Po (PSIA) and experience in governmen (Italian Ministry for Digital Innovation, Embassy of Italy in the US, Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organisations in Geneva, Permanent Mission of Italy to the OAS), NGOs (WCADP) and international organisations (Human Rights Council, UNAIDS, UNFPA), with particular knowledge of the UN system. 

As a philosopher, I developed a strong interest in the theoretical debate on global justice and human rights and in the fields of political and social philosophy, philosophy of technology and the philosophy of international law.

With my PhD research titled "The Inhuman Condition. Artificial Intelligence as a Challenge to the Cosmopolitan Regimes of International Law" building on Arendt's reflections, I would like to contribute to the debate on the right to have rights by using my legal background as a tool of analysis to look at the most recent developments in international human rights law, refugee law and public international law with respect to the substitution of human beings with Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems - my hypothesis being that in the last twenty years signs can be identified in the Western world of a crisis in the trends towards cosmopolitanism that could allegedly be found in the previous phase, starting after WWII.

My research interests at large mainly focus on the ethical and legal challenges of the use of artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons systems (AWS), AI softwares for data interoperability, multiculturalism and its critiques, Arendt studies, feminist theories, universalism v. relativism in international human rights law, women's rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

During my Ph.D. I have been a visiting researcher at the Center for Ethics, Department of Philosophy, of the Ludwig Maximilians Univerität (LMU), Munich, Germany (October 2018 - January 2019) and I have been awarded a Anne Peters Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany (May 2019 - August 2019).

I am also a Research Fellow in Roboethics at the Biorobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna), a Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for Historical Studies (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici Benedetto Croce, Napoli) and a Member of the Editorial Committee of AREL Rivista (Il Mulino).

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