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Dr. Alice Margaria

Dr. Alice Margaria

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Alice Margaria is a Research Fellow in the Law and Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. She holds an LL.M. with distinction in Human Rights from University College London, an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws, and a Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute (Florence). Her doctoral thesis provides a socio-legal analysis of the way fatherhood is understood, constructed, and redefined in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Margaria has a track record of publications that focus on parenthood and assisted reproductive technologies, anonymous birth, and the child’s right to an identity, with a particular emphasis on the ECtHR jurisprudence. She has been a visiting scholar at various institutions, including Emory University, the University of Lund, and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Margaria has also worked with international and non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF’s Office of Research, OSCE, and Human Rights Law Network.

Current FUBiS courses:


2015                    PhD in Law

European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

2011                    LL.M in Comparative, European and International Laws (ungraded)

European University Institute, Department of Law, Florence (Italy)

2010                    LL.M. in Human Rights Law (with Distinction)

University College London, Faculty of Laws (UK)

2009                    Bachelor and Master of Laws

University of Turin, Department of Law (Italy)

Current Position

2020 – now       Senior Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department ‘Law & Anthropology’, Halle (Germany)

Previous Positions

2017 – 2020      Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Dept. ‘Law & Anthropology’, Halle (Germany)

2015 – 2017      Post-doctoral Researcher

Fundamental Rights Laboratory (LDF), Turin (Italy)

2014                   Child Protection Consultant

UNICEF Research Office, Florence (Italy)

2012                    Legal Consultant

Human Rights Law Network, Gangtok and Delhi (India)

2011-2012         Trainee Lawyer

Law Firm Lastraioli, Empoli (Italy)

2011                    Child Protection Intern

UNICEF Country Office in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Institutional Responsibilities

2021 – now       Founder and Chair of Local Diversity Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale (Germany)

2021 – now       Liaison Officer at Max Planck Law

2020 – now       Organising Committee Member, Minerva LAW (Legal and Academic Women’s) Network, Max Planck Law

2012 – 2014      Coordinator, EUI Human Rights Working Group, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

2021                   Lecturer in ‘Gender and Diversity in the International Context’, Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin (Germany) – online

2017                   Guest Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Forum of Legal Gender Studies, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale (Germany)

2016                   Lecturer in ‘Human Rights’, Koç University, School of Law, Istanbul (Turkey)

2015-2017          Guest Lecturer, Methodology Lecture Series for Doctoral Students, University of Turin, Department of Law (Italy)

2012-2013          Lecturer in ‘Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights’, University of Passau (Germany)

2013                   Guest Lecturer, modules on Children’s Rights and Women’s Rights (part of course ‘International Human Rights Law’), NYU Florence (Italy)

2012                   Guest Lecturer, modules on UN and European Human Rights Law (part of course ‘International Law’), University of Pisa (Italy)

Research interests

  • Fatherhoods
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Cultural and Religious Diversity
  • Critical Studies
  • Law and Society

Fellowships and Awards

2021                  Bavarian State Gender Equality Grant, University of Bayreuth (Germany) - grant period in 2022

2020                  Chaire Genre 2020, Institut du Genre/Université de Nanterre, Paris (France)

2015-2017         Research Grant by Fondazione San Paolo, Turin (Italy)

2016                  Guest Researcher Grant, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department ‘Law & Anthropology, ’Halle/Saale (Germany)

2013                  Visiting Scholar Fellowship, The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory Law School, Atlanta (USA)

2010-2014         PhD grant by the Italian Government, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

2009                  Summer School Bursary, Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé, University of Strasbourg (France)

2007-2008         Erasmus Scholarship, University of Westminster, London (UK)

Memberships of Scientific Networks

2021 – now       Invited Member, International Network of Constitutional Family Law, Center for Constitutional Studies (INCFL), Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice

2021 – now       Invited Member, Research Network OFERCT (Observatory on Religious Freedom in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights)

2020 – now       Mentorship Program (as mentor and mentee), ASA (American Sociological Association) Sociology of Law

2018 – now       Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Group, Berkeley Law (USA)

2013 – 2016      ReValuing Care Research Network (UK)