Roberta Ruggiero holds a Master of Law and a PhD in Promotion and Protection of Children’s Rights from the University of Molise, Italy. She is Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Children's Rights Studies at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, where she works as coordinator of the Master and the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights (MCR).
Since 2014, she is also the scientific coordinator of the University of Geneva’s Summer School Children at the Heart of Human Rights. She had been senior lecturer at the University of Padua, Italy at the Faculty of Political Science in a course on Social Policies Dedicated to Childhood. From 2008 to 2013 she had also been the scientific coordinator of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (ChildONEurope), Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy. Prior to these positions, she worked as researcher at the International Organization for Migration, at the UNICEF-Innocenti Research Centre and as external professor on children’s rights at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Molise, Italy from 2000 to 2009.
Her research interests and publications include children’s right in the EU framework of law, ombudspersons for children, implementation of children’s rights, child deinstitutionalization, trafficking in human beings and unaccompanied migrant children, child witchcraft allegation.