Maddalena is an international jurist from Italy with over 13 years of experience in international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law, including practical legal experience at the national and international level. She worked in the field on a wide range of legal issues,starting in a small legal NGO in Kosovo dealing with human trafficking.
In 2007, following a six months internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the office of the prosecutor, Maddalena returned to Kosovo as UN Volunteer Legal Officer for UNMIK in the judicial support division assisting international judges on cases involving ethnic based crimes, financial crimes and extradition issues. She later joined the Trial Chambers in International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as Legal Officer and later relocated to Cambodia, as Legal Officer for the Trial Chamber in the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trial in Cambodia. Maddalena also temporarily worked as Human Rights Officer in with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she dealt with a wide range of legal issues, with particular emphasis on transitional justice and the right to the truth.
Maddalena graduated in law at the University of Bologna, in Italy and holds an LLM in international law and international relations from the Brussels School of International Studies - University of Kent.