Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights  /  Right to Food  /  Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights  /  Gender  /  Non-Discrimination  /  Right to Education  /  Children’s Rights  /  Human Rights and Climate Change  /  Gender-Based Violence

Joanna Bourke Martignoni is a Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.

Her research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality. She is a member of the DEMETER (Droits et Egalité pour une Meilleure Economie de la Terre) multidisciplinary research for development project (2015–2020) that is examining land commercialization, gendered agrarian transformation and the right to food, with Cambodia and Ghana as case studies.

In addition to her research work, she teaches on the Geneva Academy training courses on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). Dr Martignoni also teaches a master’s level course in ESCR at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Prior to joining the Geneva Academy, she held positions as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Fribourg, and consultant to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. She also worked as a programme officer on women’s rights at the World Organisation Against Torture and as a legal adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

She has degrees in South East Asian History, Political Science and Law from the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, a Master’s in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a PhD in law from the University of Fribourg. Her doctoral thesis examined the human right to education in the context of international development cooperation programmes with special reference to the role of the World Bank.

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Somalia, Bakool region, Hudur village. Woman selling products at market. Project

Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation and the Right to Food (DEMETER)

This project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana.

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Rwanda, on the outskirts of Kigali, Wa-Jali. Jeanne Françoise, a young girl reunited two years ago with her grandmother by the ICRC, stands in a banana orchard near her house. Project

Development and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of human rights and development by analyzing the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights and global development goals, namely the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.

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Peru, Ayacucho region, community of Putis. Families during the funeral of the Putis victims. Master in transitional justice - Course

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Transformative Contexts

This course examines the complex relationship between economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and transitional justice from a socio-legal perspective, with an emphasis on the implementation and monitoring of ESCR in transitional settings.

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Somalia, Beledweyne. A herder stands with his goats at a nearby water point Training

Human Rights and Land Grabbing

This training course provides participants with an in-depth examination of the complex relationship between human rights and land grabbing.

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Cover of the book The Right to Education in International Development

Echoes from a Distant Shore: The Right to Education in International Development

October 2012

Joanna Bourke Martignoni


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Cover of International Human Rights Law and Intersectional Discrimination

International Human Rights Law and Intersectional Discrimination

June 2016

Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Ivona Truscan

Equal Rights Review, vol. 16 (2016)

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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 2016

Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Adriana Bessa

European Journal of Human Rights, vol. 2/2016

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Cover of the Resarch Brief: Gender Equality and the Right to Food

Research Brief: Gender Equality and the Right to Food

January 2017

Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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