Valentina Volpe



Boulevard Vauban 60, Lille


Associate Professor of Public International Law - Co-Director LL.M. « Human Rights, Security, and Development », FLD - Lille Catholic University / Senior Research Affiliate, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

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Valentina Volpe (Italy) is an associate professor of public international law and the co-director of the LL.M in Human Rights, Security, and Development at the Law School of Lille Catholic University (France). She is also a senior research affiliate and a former senior research fellow (post-doc) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg (Germany).
Valentina has studied law in Italy, France, and the US. She is a former visiting researcher at Yale Law School and holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (currently the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa).
Her research interests cover the fields of comparative and international public law, encompassing disciplines such as global governance, comparative constitutional law, non-state actors, democracy promotion, human rights, and global law.
She is an adjunct faculty at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, and at the University of Los Andes, Bogota'. She has also served as a visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, the UN-mandate University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José (Costa Rica), Lille Catholic University (Paris campus) and the University of Mannheim (Germany).
She is a member of the Law and Society Association (LSA), the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), the Istituto di Ricerche sulla Pubblica Amministrazione (IRPA) in Rome, and the Centre de Recherche sur les Relations entre le Risque et le Droit (C3RD) in Lille.
Prior to her pursuit in academia, Valentina has had the opportunity to work as a project manager for a grassroots NGO active in the areas of international cooperation and human rights protection.


  • Belgium
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • Sri Lanka
  • United States

  • Civil Service & State Administration
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Justice

  • 01.e. Development / promotion / implementation of concepts / standards of good governance
  • 02.b. Vision, mission, charter, institutional design and development
  • 05.f. Professional sills development – Training – Pathways of professional development
  • 07.g. Inter-university cooperation
  • 08.a. Gender policy and strategies
  • 12.a. Fostering rule of law - Reforms and development initiatives in the justice sector
  • 12.d. Fostering and protecting human rights
  • 12.f. Peace consolidation
  • 12.g. Fostering democratic governance – strengthening parliamentary and democratic institutions
  • 12.h. Fostering political governance and public transparency
  • 12.j. Elections
  • 16.a. Fostering social cohesion
  • 16.b. Strengthening civil society
  • 16.c. Fostering equal opportunities for and empowerment of minorities, underprivileged interest groups
  • 16.h. Development education & Global citizenship education