Flavia Patanè (F.)
Flavia Patanè is a PhD reseacher and a tutor at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. Her research studies the involvement of irregular migrants in human smuggling activities and examines the responses to this phenomenon by different legal (criminal and asylum) systems in Europe, with a particular focus on Italy and the Netherlands. By using an empirical research method, Flavia's study combines criminological and criminal law theories with asylum and human rights theories on migration. Next to her research, Flavia teaches courses on International Criminal Law and suvranational criminology of gross human rights violations. She is also a qualified lawyer and a member of the Board of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights.
Criminal law and procedure
Human smuggling and trafficking
European asylum and migration law
International criminal law
Professional career history
Prior to gaining her PhD position in September 2020, Flavia conducted research at the Centre for International Criminal Justice in Amsterdam. She has previously worked at national and international institutions, including the Court of Appeal in Catania (Italy) and the Joint Investigation Teams Network Secretariat hosted by Eurojust in The Hague (the Netherlands).
Flavia holds a Master in Law from the University of Catania and an Advanced LLM in Public International Law (specialization in international criminal law) from Leiden University.