Eleonora Meli Messineo


Eleonora Meli Messineo, an Italian lawyer, has more than fifteen years of experience in international law, international relations and development cooperation, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and a number of African countries, including Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, Rwanda, and Côte d'Ivoire.

Currently, she works as free-lance consultant providing technical advice to public as well as private entities working and investing in West Africa and the Sahel. She analyses and optimizes decision-making processes within the private and public sectors; maps and assesses the functioning of public services, providing risk assessments and recommendations; elaborates strategies and correlated plans of actions with a view to supporting expected results for private investors or governmental policies.

Her latest post with the United Nations, which she served for fifteen years, was as Head of the Rule of Law Department within the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), this enabled her to gain unique and insightful experience on rule of law related reforms in post-conflict and fragile countries. 

Prior to this post, Dr. Meli Messineo worked as a Judicial Officer within the United Nations Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity, which brought her to South Sudan as part of the start-up team initiating the programmatic work for the Rule of law Component of the UN Mission in South Sudan.

She began her work with the United Nations in the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva as part of the Capacity Building and Field Operations Branch (2004-2006).

Between 2010 and 2011, she held the position of Judicial Officer with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) accompanying the country in its reconstruction efforts following the 2010 earthquake. 

Dr. Meli Messineo was the Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Security Sector Reforms, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Chad and the Central African Republic (2008 – 2010).

In addition to her work with the United Nations, Dr. Meli Messineo has experience working with the International Criminal Tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she worked as a Researcher for Trial Chamber II, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she worked as Legal Assistant for the defense team in the Popovic (Srebrenica) case.

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Milan, a first Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, a second Master's Degree in International Law and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. Her thesis focused on Defendants’ Rights and Victims’ Interests in International Criminal Proceedings.

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