Emanuela is on sabbatical from the position of Chief of the Protection of Civilians Section in the Policy Development and Studies Branch of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

For eight years prior to joining OCHA in 2007, Emanuela was a legal adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross.  There she was responsible for providing advice to headquarters and field on legal issues relating to the protection of civilians in armed conflict, children, assistance, multinational forces, civil/military relations, occupation and private military/security companies. Before joining the ICRC Emanuela was a legal adviser at the United Nations Compensation Commission, in charge of state claims for losses arising from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait.  From 1995 to 1997 she was a research fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.Emanuela holds a B.A. in law and an LL.M from the University of Cambridge.  She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Emanuela is currently advising on the Rules Regulating Relief Operations on the projects led by Dapo Akande and is currently working on a paper regarding Cross Border Operations and a joint paper with Dapo on Arbitrary Withholding of Consent.

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