Margherita Melillo is an associate with the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute.

Before joining O’Neill, Melillo was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. Moreover, during her Ph.D., she was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School and participated in the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Melillo has presented her research at a number of international conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals. She has taught international trade law at the University of Passau and guest lectured at the University of Liverpool and at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. She speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of German.

Melillo holds a law degree from the Università di Pisa, a diploma from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and is admitted to the bar of Naples, Italy. She completed her Ph.D. at the European University Institute, where she focused her research on the role of evidence in the international law on tobacco control (from the negotiations of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to the Australia – Plain Packaging and Philip Morris v. Uruguay disputes).


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