Andrea Preziosi

Andrea Preziosi

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

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  • Master’s Degree in Law (University of Naples “S.O. Benincasa”, Italy)
  • MA in Science of Public Administration with specialization on EU affairs (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy)
  • LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland)


I was awarded a scholarship from the Global Challenges Research Fund for my doctoral research.  I am a Teaching Associate in Criminal Law and I was made Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in 2019. 

I obtained a Master’s Degree in Law in 2011 and a Master of Arts in Science of Public Administration in 2013, both from the Universities of Naples. I was awarded an LLM from the Geneva Academy in 2014, specialising in International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Refugee Law. Upon completion of my studies, I worked with the International Criminal Court (office of Judge Cuno Tarfusser), the Council of the EU (Legal Service, Justice and Home Affairs) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as well as with lawyers’ organisations (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute).

I also have experience in domestic Criminal Law, as I completed my legal training in a law firm and I worked as judicial clerk at the Tribunal of Naples (criminal division). 

Doctoral research

PhD title
‘Security’ as a Legal Concept: developing a clear conception of  the role and power of rights as ‘brakes’ on security action
Professor Fiona de Londras and Dr Natasa Mavronicola


The project aims at developing a clear legal concept of “security”. Contrarily to other disciplines, that have already conceived a definition of security, law has not. The project will address this lacuna by clarifying in particular the interconnection and interplay between security and fundamental rights. The proposed outcome of the research should be to develop a multi-faceted legal definition of security, drawing upon the role of rights in empowering and restricting the state action to face the current global threats to security and address the insecurity causes of its citizens. 

Other activities

Conference and workshop presentations

  • Defining concepts in law: the limits of definitions and the persuasive power to define – ‘Taking Language and Law Seriously’ (conference organised by the International Language and Law Association, ILLA). University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School, 14 September 2019
  • Defining 'security' in law: definitional challenges – presented at the Criminal Law, Evidence and Justice Working Group. University of Birmingham Law School, 20 March 2019
  • Human rights and security in synergy: challenging the logic of balance– ‘Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developing Rights in a Developing World: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference’ (organised by Midlands3Cities and The Rights Lab, Nottingham). University of Birmingham, 20 July 2018
  • Human rights as “brakes” and “engine” to security: understanding security from the people’s perspective – Research Poster Conference (organised by Westmere University Graduate School). University of Birmingham, 13 June 2018


  • PGR Student Representative (since 2018)
  • Member of the Student Misconduct Committee, Academic Appeals Committee and Student Complaints and Concerns panels (since 2019)
  • Bar of Naples (trainee barrister)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

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