Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967

Mandate Holder 2022 – 2024


Francesca Albanese is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, and a Senior Advisor on Migration and Forced Displacement for the think tank Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), where she co-founded the Global Network on the Question of Palestine (GNQP), a coalition of renowned professional and scholars engaged in/on Israel/Palestine. She has published widely on the legal situation in Israel/Palestine; her latest book, Palestinian Refugees in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2020), offers a comprehensive legal analysis of the situation of Palestinian refugees from its origins to modern-day reality. She regularly teaches and lectures on International Law and Forced Displacement in European and Arab universities, and speaks frequently at conferences and public events on the legal situation of Palestine. She worked for a decade as a human rights expert for the United Nations, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees. In these capacities, she advised the UN, governments, and civil society across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Asia Pacific, on the enforcement of human rights norms, especially for vulnerable groups including refugees and migrants. She holds a Law Degree (with honors) from the University of Pisa and an LLM in Human Rights from the University of London, SOAS. She is currently completing her PhD in International Refugee Law at Amsterdam University Law Faculty. An Italian national, she is married with two young children.


Francesca Albanese's Speaking Tour

A visit to the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway and delivering a seminar for students as part of the International Criminal Law Summer School.

A meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Speaking at a Public Lecture at Trinity College Dublin, co-hosted by Academics for Palestine and Sadaka.

A meeting with Sinn Féin Party Leader Deputy Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Defence Deputy Matt Carthy and Senator Frances Black.

Presenting to a number of Irish civil society groups within the Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine.

As a fitting end to a successful speaking tour, the honour of a courtesy visit with the President, Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where discussions included Ms.Albanese's UN report and its findings.

Ms. Francesca Albanese (Al Jazeera).

Reports of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese: