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Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2016


Edited By Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani

The Italian Yearbook of Human Rights 2016 provides a dynamic and up-to-date overview of the measures Italy has taken to adapt its legislation and policies to international human rights law and to comply with commitments voluntarily assumed by the Italian Government at the international level.

The 2016 Yearbook surveys the activities of the relevant national and local Italian actors, including governmental bodies, civil society organisations and universities. It also presents reports and recommendations that have been addressed to Italy in 2015 by international monitoring bodies within the framework of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Finally, the Yearbook provides a selection of international and national case-law that casts light on Italy's position vis-à-vis internationally recognised human rights.

"Italy and Human Rights in 2015: Universal Ethics, Good Governance and Political Realism" is the focus of the introductory section of the Yearbook. Starting with the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights law plunged onto the world stage with very specific principles and rules, which represent so many points that are essential not only for the legality but also for the sustainability of the political agenda. The universal code of human rights, widely ratified by Italy, presses for a continuous commitment to perfecting the legal order, which has immediate significance for the good governance agenda.

The Italian Agenda of Human Rights 2016 represents an updated orientation tool with regards the main initiatives to be undertaken on the legislative, infrastructural and policy-making fronts in order to strengthen the Italian system for promoting and protecting human rights.

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Research and Editorial Committee


Andrea Cofelice, MA in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace, University of Padova. PhD in Political Science – Comparative and European Politics, University of Siena.

Pietro de Perini, MA in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace, University of Padova. PhD Candidate, Department of International Politics, City University London.

Paolo De Stefani, Aggregate Professor of International Law of Human Rights in the Master’s Degree Programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova. He is National Director for Italy of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).

Marco Mascia, Associate Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair in Political System of the European Union at the University of Padova. In the same University he is Director of the University Human Rights Centre and Director of the Master’s Degree Programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance.

Antonio Papisca, Professor Emeritus of the University of Padova and UNESCO Chair in “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace”. He promoted in 1982 the establishment of the Human Rights Centre within the University of Padova. In the period between 1994 and 2002 he has been member of the Italian Inter-Ministerial Committee for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Italian Human Rights Commission at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Claudia Pividori, MA in Institutions and Policies of Human Rights and Peace, University of Padova. PhD in International Order and Human...

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