Gabriella Citroni, (ph.D.) is professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She is also lecturer at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland), holding a course on “Enforced Disappearances in International Law” for LL.M. students in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. In 2015 she was invited professor at the university Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France) and held a course for the students of the Master Droits de l’Homme et droit humanitaire. She acts as the international legal adviser for the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared People (FEDEFAM). Since 2008 she also works as senior legal adviser for the NGO TRIAL International. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member, as legal advisor, of the Italian delegation at the United Nations during the negotiations of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. She researches in particular on subjects related to international human rights law and, on a part time basis, she cooperates with a number of international NGOs providing legal assistance to victims of gross human rights violations and their relatives in different countries including Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Nepal, Morocco, Iraq, and Mexico. She has written numerous articles and books on international human rights law, among which, together with professor Tullio Scovazzi, The Struggle against Enforced Disappearance and the 2007 Convention, Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff, 2007; and La Tutela internazionale dei diritti umani, Milano, Giuffrè, 2013.
In 2010 she was an external consultant for the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances for the drafting of the study on best practices on enforced disappearances in domestic criminal legislation. In 2015 she was an external consultant for the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe for the drafting of an issue paper on missing persons and victims of enforced disappearance in Europe. In 2016, she was appointed consultant of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to review the Tunisian draft law on the crime of enforced disappearance. Further, she was appointed as expert witness in the case Comunidad campesina de Santa Bárbara v. Perú, adjudicated by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on 1 September 2015; and in the case Vereda La Esperanza v. Colombia, adjudicated by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on 31 August 2017.