Dr Maria Chiara Noto

Visiting Research Fellow

Maria Chiara Noto

Maria Chiara is a research fellow in International Law at the University of Parma, Italy. Her research project concerns “The extraterritorial application of international human right obligations”. She is a qualified lawyer, admitted in 2012 to the Parma Bar. She works as legal adviser to the Italian Army providing assistance in International and Military Law.

In 2010 she obtained a PhD in International Law from the University of Milan, Italy. She defended her PhD thesis on "Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in International Law". Her PhD dissertation is currently under preparation for publication. In 2007 she achieved a Diplôme d'Université Tranfrontalier de Droit International Humanitaire at the University of Nice, France. In 2006 she holds a Law degree from the University of Parma.

Her current research and consultancy work focuses on counter-terrorism and anti-piracy measures at sea, human rights, humanitarian law and the protection of fundamental rights in the context of extraterritorial military operations. Her publications include several articles in international peer reviewed journals, especially on the Public International Law, Law of the Sea and Human Rights Law.


  • Degree in Law (laurea) - University of Parma 2006
  • Diplôme d'Université Tranfrontalier de Droit International Humanitaire - University of Nice, France 2007
  • Ph.D. in Public International Law - University of Milan 2010
  • Avvocato - Italian Bar 2012

Teaching Expertise

  • Public International Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Humanitarian Law

Research Interests

  • The extraterritorial application of international human rights obligations
  • Counter-terrorism and human rights
  • Anti-piracy and human rights
  • Use of force at sea

Research Projects

  • Visiting Research Fellow: International human rights law and protection of people at sea (CRiL - Centre for Research in Law, University of Bedfordshire)
  • Research Fellow: Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties (Law Department, University of Parma)


  • Le sanzioni del Consiglio di sicurezza e il terrorismo internazionale nella giurisprudenza penale nazionale: il caso Daki, in Rivista di Diritto Internazionale Privato e Processuale, 2008, p.p. 732-740;
  • La repressione della pirateria in Somalia: le misure coercitive del Consiglio di sicurezza e la competenza giurisdizionale degli Stati, in La Comunità Internazionale, 2009, p.p. 439- 451; 3.
  • La repressione del terrorismo marittimo e del traffico illecito di armi di distruzione di massa dopo l’entrata in vigore della Convenzione SUA 2005, in La Comunità Internazionale, 2011, p.p. 283-301;
  • Mesures anti-piraterie en Somalie entre les droits de l'homme et les garanties du droit humanitaire. La contribution de la jurisprudence et la pratique des mécanismes de contrôle non juridictionnel, in BOSCHIERO, PITEA, RAGNI, SCOVAZZI (a cura di), International Courts and the Development of International Law : Essays in Honour of Tullio Treves, The Hague, 2013, p.p. 497-512
  • Sequestri in mare ed esercizio extra-territoriale dei poteri di polizia, in SAPIENZA, DISTEFANO (a cura di),  Atti dell’Incontro di studio fra i giovani cultori delle materie internazionalistiche, X edizione, Catania 24-25 gennaio 2013, forthcoming;
  • Hostage-Taking on the High Sea and Extraterritorial Use of Force, in SAPIENZA, DISTEFANO (a cura di), A Lackland Law? Territory, Effectiveness and Jurisdiction in International and European Law, forthcoming;

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E: mariachiara.noto@beds.ac.uk

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