Patrizia Rinaldi


Twitter: @patriziarn



Patrizia Rinaldi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Granada, where she also completed her PhD (Cum Laude) in Migration Studies at the Institute for Migration Research in 2021, with the thesis “Unaccompanied Migrant Minors in Spain and Italy: the application of the Best Interest of the Child”. Previously, she worked at the Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid, Spain), where she also completed my LL.M. in International Migration and Development. she is currently part of the Working Group “The Role of Courts in Shaping Asylum and Refugee Law” (RLI) and the Interest Group on “Migration and Refugee Law” (ESIL). She has a deep interest in contemporary international migration, with a particular focus on the migration of unaccompanied minors in EU Mediterranean countries.  She has ten years of experience in multidisciplinary research, with qualitative and quantitative research tools, children's rights, human rights, International and European law, Migration law and Governance. Her internship was at the Centre for Migration Studies in New York City (US) and Strathclyde University of Glasgow (UK). She worked at ELREC (Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Council, Edinburgh, UK), at the Caritas Refugee Centre, and at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. (Rome, IT). She is also on theeditorial board of academic journals such as Studi Emigrazione, Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo and Journal of Social Studies.

Recent Publications:

  • 2019 - “Preliminary remarks: refoulement at the border undermines the best interest of the child”. Chapter of Migration Issues before International Courts and Tribunals. IRiSS/CNR (being published).
  • 2014 - “I have seen the Children. Unaccompanied migrant minors in EU and US working paper - CMS New York.
  • 2013 - "Institutional birth and growth of family enterprises”, chapter.6 in "OPIS" Adalgiso Amendola (ed.), Franco Angeli.
  • 2012 - “The best interest of children: Tabitha case” – Master dissertation in International Law, Repository of Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid

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