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Dr. Alice Margaria

Dr. Alice Margaria

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Alice Margaria is a Senior 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). Before joining the MPI, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Fundamental Rights Laboratory (Turin, Italy). Her project was a comparative investigation of the role of judges in bridging the gap between the social reality and the legal existence of families created via assisted reproductive technologies.

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. Her book The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights provides the first sustained socio-legal engagement with the role played by the ECtHR in (re)constructing fatherhood in contemporary Europe.

She taught courses on gender and human rights at Koç University (Istanbul), the University of Passau (Germany), and Freie Universität Berlin. In 2020, she was awarded the Chaire Genre by the Institut du Genre (Paris) and, in 2021, a Bavarian Gender Equality Grant to develop a comparative legal study between European and African experiences of fatherhood. She held visiting positions 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)