Valentina Volpe is Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) of Public International Law and EU Law at the Lille Catholic University and Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. She holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and is a former Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School. During her career, she has had the opportunity to study in Italy, France and in the US and to work as project manager in the NGO sector. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome and at the UN-mandate University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica. She has been a Visiting Professor at the CUPL of Beijing and at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her research interests cover the fields of global, European and international public law, encompassing disciplines such as global governance, democracy promotion, human rights, comparative public law, and European law.