Born in Rome in 1974, Francesco Maiani holds a Degree in Law (University of Rome La Sapienza), an LL.M. in European and International Economic Law (Universities of Geneva and Lausanne), and a PhD in Law (Universities of Lausanne and Milano Statale). Formerly a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence (2007-2008), he is Assistant Professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (Lausanne), where he teaches Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights and Public Policy. In March 2011 he was appointed member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe (Venice Commission). EU Migration Law and Policies, as well as International Human Rights and Refugee Law, feature among his main research interests. A member of the Odysseus Academic Network, he regularly publishes and teaches on these subjects.