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Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci


Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci is Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training at BIICL. Recruited in 2014 as a research coordinator for the British Influences on International Law Project, his role was extended to that of research fellow in August 2015 and associate senior research fellow in 2017.

Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in Law from King's College London; a Doctor of Laws and Magister Juris in International Law from the University of Malta. Beyond his work at the institute, Jean-Pierre is also co-director of The People for Change Foundation, a human rights think tank based in Malta. He lectures International Migration law and Ocean governance at the University of Malta. He has experience of research, lobbying and proactive action in the fields of migration and asylum law, human trafficking and anti-discrimination as well as teaching experience in various international and domestic legal issues. He consults widely to national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

His work at BIICL is two-fold. As senior fellow, he undertakes work on migration, asylum, trafficking, human rights, and broader public international law issues working primarily at the intersection of different fields of international law. As Director of Teaching and Training he has and continues to oversee BIICL's expanding teaching and training programme. For more on the training programme see here. Jean-Pierre is also the staff representative to the Board of Trustees and a Member of the Institute's EDI Committee.


Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci

Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training

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Selected Ongoing and Recent Projects

Identification of adults with lived experiences of modern slavery in the UK (co-lead)

Addressing lack of access to legal advice for survivors of modern slavery (lead)

Disaggregation of Digital Information and Data Sovereignty Compliance (co-lead)

Inter-state communications before UN human rights treaty bodies: awakening and potential (co-lead)

Platform for Organising by Workers for Empowerment and Recognition (GLP-POWER) (partner lead)

The Non-Punishment Principle in Trafficking In Persons (co-lead)

Trends in Climate Change and Environmental Litigation in Selected EBRD Countries of Operation (lead)

Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics (team member)

Human Rights Responsibilities of Multi-National Enterprises Working in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector in Cuba (lead)

Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts (lead)

The Role of Good Governance and the Rule of Law in Building Public Trust in Data-Driven Responses to Public Health Emergencies (co-investigator and WP lead)

Maritime Search and Rescue: Responsibilities and Implications for Private Vessels (lead)

Legal Pathways to Protection (co-lead)

Selected Recent Engagements

- Participation on plenary panel at the German Federal Foreign office on NGO Search and Rescue Services in the Central Mediterranean

- Participation on panel at the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law regarding the 'Illegal Migration Bill' [See Here]

- Delivered oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding the 'Illegal Migration Bill'  [Watch Here]

- Delivered presentation entitled 'Migration Policy in Europe: Peripheralizing Migrants, Rights and States' at the University of Notre Dame - Nanovic Centre, South Bend, Indiana.

Selected Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

• Exploring the role of decisions by judicial, quasi-judicial and specialised non-judicial bodies in advancing anti-trafficking efforts in C Voigt and C Foster Non-compliance Mechanism versus International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press, 2023) (with N. Magugliani)

• IOM and 'Assisted Voluntary Return': Responsibility for Disguised Deportations? In C Costello et al, IOM Unbound? Obligations and Accountability of the International Organization for Migration in an Era of Expansion (Cambridge University Press, 2023) 

• COVID-19 and Other Emergencies as Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 1-5 (with Noemi Magugliani)

• Protecting Trafficked Persons through Refugee Protection. Social Sciences, Vol 11 Issue 7 2022, p.294. 

• Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity in Omar Grech, Crimes Against Humanity: Towards a More Comprehensive Approach? (MEDAC 2021) (with Marina Farias)

• When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees in UNHCR and MMC (eds.) A Roadmap for Advocacy, Policy Development and Programming: Protection in Mixed Movements along the Central and Western Mediterranean Routes 2021 (MMC/UNHCR 2021)

• Human Trafficking and the Sustainable Development Goals: Building on Solid Ground in WL Filho et al, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, (Springer 2021).

• Refugee Rights Across Regions: A Comparative Overview of Legislative Good Practices in Latin America and the EU, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Volume 39, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages 321-362 (with Luisa Feline Freier)

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