Palumbo, Letizia

Research Associate

    Working languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French

    Letizia Palumbo is a Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Programme. She was Post-Doctoral Researcher in Comparative Law at the University of Palermo, Italy (January 2013- February 2017). She was a Research Associate for the project Trafficking for Labour Exploitation: Assessing Anti-Trafficking Interventions in Italy  (TRAFFICKO) at the EUI (April 2015 – March 2016). She was also a researcher (national expert for Italy) for the DemandAT project – Domestic Work Case Study at the EUI.  She graduated with a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bologna, and in 2012 she completed her PhD in Human Rights at the University of Palermo.

    Her research interests include human trafficking, gender and migration, labour exploitation and human rights. Her current research focuses on trafficking for labour exploitation in the agricultural and domestic work sectors in the EU, in particular in Italy and the UK.

    She has been a visiting fellow in a number of international universities, including the Columbia Law School, New York; the Fordham Law School, New York; and the Birkbeck School of Law, London. She also serves as a consultant and trainer on trafficking issues.

    Selected Publications

    • Palumbo, L. (2017), Exploiting for Care: Trafficking and Abuse in domestic work in Italy, Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies 15(2): 171-186.
    • Palumbo, L. (2017), The Borders of Legal Motherhood: Rethinking Access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Europe in Y. Ergas, J. Jenson and S. Michel (Eds.),Bodies and Borders: Negotiating Motherhood in the 21st Century, NY, Columbia University Press.
    • Palumbo, L. (2015), Protection of Trafficked People in Italy: Policies, Limits and Challenges Journal of Money Laundering Control, 18 Iss: 1, pp.52 – 65.
    • Palumbo, L. & Sciurba, A. (2015), Vulnerability to Forced Labour and Trafficking: The case of Romanian women in the agricultural sector in Sicily, Anti-trafficking Review, issue 5. 
    • Palumbo, L. (2014), Labour Exploitation and Trafficking in the Agricultural Sector. Reflections on the (In)efficacy of Anti-trafficking interventions in Italy, The Cardozo Electronic Law Bulletin 
    • Palumbo, L. (2013), Presentazione. Ius migrandi: Concetti e limiti, Ragion Pratica, 41, December 2013, pp. 1-8.
    • Palumbo, L. (2013) (Ed.), Ius Migrandi. Concetti e limiti, Ragion Pratica, N. 41, December 2013.


    • Palumbo, L. & Sciurba A. (2018), The vulnerability to exploitation of women migrant workers in agriculture in the EU: The need for a human rights and gender based approach, Study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs.
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Domestic Work and the Agricultural Sector in Italy, Research project report, European University Institute.
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Grave sfruttamento e tratta nel lavoro domestico e in agricoltura in Italia: un’analisi critica degli strumenti di contrasto, prevenzione e tutela delle vittime, Research project report, European University Institute.
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Grave sfruttamento in agricoltura e nel lavoro domestico in Italia. I limiti della normativa e delle politiche: alcune proposte di intervento, Policy Brief, European University Institute.
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Case study report addressing demand in the context of THB and forced labour in the domestic work sector in Italy, DemandAT Country Study No. 5.
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Exploited for Care: Abuse and Trafficking in Domestic Work in Italy, DemandAT, Policy Brief.

    Online Articles

    • Palumbo, L. & Triandafyllidou, A. (2016) (Eds.), Addressing severe exploitation: a critical view of awareness and transparency initiatives, Special issue on the blog Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, OpenDemocracy. 
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Why Show Your Cards? The Problem of Transparency in Agricultural Supply Chains,OpenDemocracy
    • Palumbo, L. (2016), Gender Exploitation in the agricultural sector, EUI Times, Winter, pp. 21-22.
    • Palumbo, L. (2015), The need for a gendered approach to exploitation and trafficking, OpenDemocracy
    • Palumbo, L. & Sciurba, A. (2015), New mobility regimes, new forms of exploitation in Sicily,OpenDemocracy
    • Palumbo, L. & Romano, S. (2014), La Corte dei diritti dell’uomo, un po’ meno delle donne,
    • Palumbo, L. (2009), Another Step Backwards For Women’s Rights in Italy, Columbia University Gender & Sexuality Law Blog