Giulia is a solicitor in our immigration department with expertise in asylum and human rights law. She obtained in 2007 a five-year degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Milano Bicocca with the top mark of 110 out of 110 cum laude. She achieved her Masters degree with distinction in Human Rights Law at SOAS in 2008.
Giulia joined the firm in March 2009. After achieving her second degree in law and her LPC with distinction in 2013, she qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Having trained in immigration, family and public law, Giulia now practices in asylum, immigration and human rights work. She has developed a solid experience in a wide range of complex asylum claims, including for unaccompanied minors and detained clients.
Giulia has extensive experience of representing clients in judicial review claims involving the Dublin Regulations, particularly in relation to Italy. Her client RK was one of the 2 successful Appellants in the landmark judgment on removals to Italy SM & Ors v SSHD (Dublin Regulation – Italy)  UKUT 429 (IAC).
Giulia has special expertise and academic background in African politics, including experience on the field in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and South Africa. She collaborated in the preparation of the successful case of RT (Zimbabwe) in the Supreme Court.
In recent months Giulia has played a central role in exposing the human rights violations and inhuman conditions which refugees are suffering in detention centres in Libya. She has worked closely with the Eritrean diaspora to expose those conditions. She is engaged in holding the UK government and the European Union to account for their funding of these detention facilities in Libya. Her work on Libya has been covered by The Guardian, HuffPost UK, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, The Times and many others. She has been interviewed by numerous European media.
In addition to her casework and strategic litigation Giulia works closely with the South London Refugee Association helping unaccompanied minors from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan and provides regular training at the Sante’ Refugee Mental Health Project charity. She has been a guest speaker at an academic conference on human rights violations in Libya at SOAS, at the Eritrean Orthodox Church, at the Zimbabwe MDC Forum, and at Amnesty International annual report’s launch in Italy. She was an external reviewer for “Rape as torture in the DRC: Sexual violence beyond the conflict zone” published by Freedom from Torture in 2014.
Prior to joining the firm, Giulia worked in the human rights research unit of the Immigration Advisory Service in London and as the Coordinator of the UNHCR programme at the Naga-Har Centre for asylum seekers and torture victims in Milan.
Languages: French and Italian.
Interests: Dancing, reading and travelling to Africa.