Lucia Monda
Transitional Justice Scholar
Biography

Lucia Monda is an LLM candidate at NYU Law. Prior to her studies at NYU Law, she completed a Master’s Degree in Law at University of Naples Federico II, where she graduated with honors. Lucia also studied as an exchange student at Laval University in Canada where she collected and analyzed data about the First Nations’ water crisis for her dissertation.

After graduating, Lucia moved to Bucharest to work as a Legal Intern for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean where she joined several parliamentary diplomacy initiatives aiming to create an inclusive dialogue amongst civil society stakeholders to prevent the risk of MENA countries relapsing into authoritarianism. Next she moved to London where she worked as an SDG Analyst verifying companies’ compliance to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Given Lucia’s passion in enabling the disadvantaged to use the law to advance their rights, she also volunteered to advise migrants and provide asylum seekers with legal counseling and information about available support services and their rights in the country. Lucia conducted legal research and fact investigations for criminal court cases as a lawyer trainee in Italy.

Her career aspiration is to focus on transitional justice and its interactions with legal empowerment strategies to contribute to peace processes, starting with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Her interest in transitional justice stemmed from witnessing movement restrictions imposed against Palestinians during a visit to Palestine/Israel when she was a teenager. That motivated herto explore wider regional dynamics in the MENA region and its struggle for democracy by engaging in extracurricular activities alongside her university studies.

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