Maddalena Vivona is research fellow and project manager at the ETC Graz. She is a law graduate from the Universitá degli Studi di Parma (Italy). Before her employment at the ETC she completed a court internship at the Court of Appeals Graz. Her research interests lie in the field of the prohibition of torture, prison studies, human security and human rights indicators. Since 2003 she has been working at the ETC Graz where she has managed the FP6 coordination action HUMSEC. She currently is a researcher for the FP7 projects FRAME and also participated as a researcher in MULTIPART. She was also a trainer for the EU-Just-Lex Mission for Iraq on the prohibition of torture and on female imprisonment.