Francesco Presutti

Scholar in Residence (email)

Francesco Presutti is a visiting scholar with CHRGJ. He is on leave from the European Union External Action Service, of which he has been an official since its creation in 2011. In that capacity he has served from 2011 to 2016 as UN delegate (minister counselor) in New York, where he represented the Member States of the European Union on administrative and budgetary issues of the UN.  Until 2011, he worked for the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, which he joined in 1996. As Council Secretariat official, he mostly worked on the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, specifically as China desk and Deputy Head of Unit on Asia and the Pacific (2008-2011), as team coordinator on crosscutting issues of EU foreign and security policy (2007-2008), as UN delegate in New York on administrative and budgetary issues, economic and development issues, the International Criminal Court and African issues (2003-2007), and as UN and ICC desk, as well as coordinator of the EU-China human rights dialogue (2000-2003). His first assignment on joining the Council Secretariat in 1996 related to the EU migration policy (1996-2000). From 1989 until 1996, he served as staff member of the United Nations, where he was a member of the secretariat of the Sixth Committee (legal) of the General Assembly. He had worked previously as an official of the European Space Agency and of the European Parliament, where he provided legal advice on European Community and personnel matters.

Francesco has published on public international law, in particular on United Nations matters, nuclear proliferation and international broadcasting. His current area of research is European Union law and peacekeeping, with a special focus on financing questions and the human rights and humanitarian law dimension.

Francesco has a law degree from the University of Florence and an LLM from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright grantee.