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Andrea Chmieliński Bigazzi is specialised in International Criminal Law (LLM), and is a Senior Expert in Rule of Law and Justice Reform programmes.  He is also an expert in EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) UN Peacekeeping Missions, and in civil-military cooperation.

He has served the Chief International Prosecutors’ Office within the Department of Justice of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).  He further served as national detached expert of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation covering various positions within the Justice Component of the European Union Mission in Kosovo (EULEX KOSOVO).  Andrea then moved to join the EU CSDP in Brussels, working on the establishment and launch of the operations of the EU Special Investigative Task Force.  Afterwards, he deployed in Palestine as Defence Counsel Expert within the Rule of Law Section of the EUPOL COPPS Mission.

Also thanks to this latter experience, Andrea has conceptualised and developed the Siracusa Institute’s International Defence Counsel Training Programme of which he is Programme Director.  Concerning lawyers’ activities, he is a member of the International Affairs and Relations Committee of the Florence Bar Association (FBA).  Additionally, Andrea organizes and coordinates training programmes on International Law and European Law for the Legal Education Foundation of the FBA.

His current and previous assignments include extensive justice reform programmes in post-conflict and developing environments, the establishment and management of justice bodies, the planning, drafting and direction of UN and EU projects for judicial reforms and human rights protection and promotion (currently in the Caucasus, Western Balkans, and the Middle East).  Andrea is trainer to international judges, prosecutors, lawyers, NATO and non-NATO military forces, law enforcement officials, and law practitioners.

In recent years, Andrea has deepened his area of expertise on the international procedural aspects of cybercrime related cases.  He works on data protection matters including privacy advocacy in front of supra-national jurisdictions and regulatory authorities.

 

 

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