On November 1st 2018, the General Assembly of the United Nations, at its 31st plenary meeting and under the agenda item 176, adopted resolution A/73/462 titled “Observer status for the European Public Law Organization in the General Assembly” which: «invites the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) to participate in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly in the capacity of observer; and requests the Secretary-General to take the action necessary to implement the present resolution».

This has been the outcome of a long process that was initiated by Portugal and was adopted unanimously by all member states. 

The Permanent Mission of EPLO to the UN is headed by Permanent Representative and Ambassador Barbara Faedda.

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On 21 May 2019, Ambassador Barbara Faedda, Ph.D. presented her credentials to the Secretary-General of the U.N., António Guterres

Dr. Faedda is also the Executive Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University in NYC. She received her Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology and Social Science from the Università degli Studi Orsola Benincasa, Naples, after studying at Sapienza Università di Roma, in Paris at the Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law (co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), and at Boston University (as a visiting scholar). Dr. Faedda is Adjunct Associate Professor in Columbia’s Department of Italian, where she teaches courses on contemporary Italy. She is the author and a contributor to various volumes and manuscripts. Her recent publications include From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana: A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia (Columbia University Press, 2017); “An Italian Perspective on the U.S.-Italy Relationship”, in Italy in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives, David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, The White House Historical Association, 2016; Present and Future Memory. Holocaust Studies at the Italian Academy (2008-2016), ed., Italian Academy Publications, Columbia University, 2016; “Neurolaw: come le neuroscienze potrebbero cambiar el’antropologia giuridica,” in Antropologia giuridica. Etnografie e temiattuali, A. De Lauri ed., Mondadori Universita’ 2013; L’immigration law statunitense,” with L.Melchionna, in Regioni, Immigrazione e Diritti Sociali, E. Rossi, F. Biondi Dal Monte, M. Vrenna, eds., Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa, Il Mulino 2012; and “We are not racists, but we do not want immigrants,” in Integration, Globalization and Racialization: Theories and Perspectives on Immigration, J. Capetillo, G. Jacobs, P. Kretsedemas, eds., Routledge 2012.

Barbara Faedda was born in Rome, Italy, and she has Italian and U.S.A. citizenship. She is married to an attorney and they have a daughter.