Costanza Hermanin is responsible for implementing litigation projects in Italy, devising advocacy strategies related to the work of the Justice Initiative in Europe, and advising on strategic litigation opportunities within the EU. Her advocacy aims to advance the work of the Open Society Foundations and operational programs on justice and equality, including anti-discrimination and statelessness. She joined the Open Society Foundations in January 2012 as program officer.
Hermanin’s previous experience includes working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission's Secretariat General, the Centre d’Etudes Européennes of Sciences-Po Paris, and the World Bank. She completed a PhD on the enforcement of the EU’s Racial Equality Directive in France, Germany, and Italy at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2011, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Law Schools of Columbia University and UC Berkeley, where she wrote on the public and private enforcement of racial anti-discrimination law.
From 2008 to 2009 Hermanin was a visiting fellow at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) in Paris and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). She graduated from a double Masters-MPhil degree programme in Sciences-Po Paris and at the University of Florence. She is the author of several articles including on the emergency census measures targeted at Roma in Italy and the use of migrant-stereotyping language by the Italian press. She is an editor of “Fighting discrimination in Europe: the case for a race-conscious approach,” Routledge, 2012. She speaks Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.