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CURRENT PRACTICE

Avvocato (qualified in Italy) since 2013 and Counsel, Registered European Lawyer for England and Wales since 2015 (regulated by the Bar Standards Board)

I specialise in International Administrative Law (‘IAL’), representing and advising international civil servants and international organisations in a wide range of employment disputes as well as negotiating settlements and alternative dispute resolution options, inter alia, at EBRD, BIS, WBG, UNIDO, UNODC, IAEA, IOM, ITLOS, IMO, OPEC, PAHO, WFP, INTERPOL, ECMWF, ICMPD and EPO. My focus is on European and International Courts (UNAT, ILOAT, ECJ, WBAT, EBRDAT, ATBIS, etc.).

I am currently standing counsel to several Staff Associations based in Vienna, Geneva, The Hague and other European cities and I regularly advise many Staff Associations (e.g. Eumetsat, Global Fund, ICC, WIPO, OECD, PAHO, ICMPD, ECMWF) on individual staff disputes, on the review of the regulatory and legal framework of their respective organisations and have experience in advising on the adjustment of salary packages, pension and tax schemes, and fundamental rights in employment contracts.

I also provide weekly staff clinics to the members of the Vienna-based (UNOV) Staff Associations/Unions (in particular UNODC, UNIDO and IAEA) as well as to ICC and WIPO Staff Councils, and have extensive experience advising on harassment complaints, disciplinary procedures, redundancy, unethical conduct and retaliation.

I have sound experience in policy review also as internal consultant (e.g. for the OSCE in Vienna) and I regularly carry out training and workshops on employment law in International Organizations and related issues.

I have experience as an international civil servant myself (at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, at the OSCE and at CTBTO), as well as experience of Multilateral Development Banks (MDB), in particular in anti-corruption policies and integrity compliance programmes.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 2015 - present: Self-employed, Lawyer and Legal Consultant (International Administrative Law and HR policies), in Vienna and in London (as Registered European Lawyer)

  • December 2015 to May 2016: Temporary Associate HR Legal Officer at CTBTO, Vienna

  • January - April 2015: Project Assistant, Office of the Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at OSCE, Vienna

  • September - December 2014: Legal Administrative Specialist (Italian market and anti-money laundering), consulting company, Vienna

  • March 2012 to August 2014: various contracts at OSCE Vienna - Intern, Legal Assistant, Project Assistant and Recruitment Assistant

  • September 2011 - February 2012: Assistant to the National Legal Counsellor to the United Nations in Vienna, Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organisations in Vienna

  • July 2009 - July 2011: Practicing Lawyer in Italy (Studio Legale Riva Berni) and Austria (Enwc GmbH, now TaylorWessing)

LANGUAGES

  • Italian - mother tongue
  • English and German - professional fluency
  • Spanish and French - basic

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