Anu Laasis feminist and women’s rights activist. She is a historian and sociologist, has policy and legal expertise in the field of gender and social policy. She contributes extensively to national and international bodies on inequalities and gender-based violence since the 1990s. She is an author of numerous national reports. She is a member of the European Network of Legal Experts on Gender at DG Justice since 2011. The network helps the European Commission to monitor legal developments in EU countries. She is an adviser of the Estonian Women’s Support and Information Centre; the Centre has ECOSOC consultative status. She was a researcher and lecturer in gender studies at the University of Tartu in 1989-2013. She founded the Gender Studies Unit in 1995.
Since 2013 Researcher in Constitutional Law at the University of Milan, School of Law, Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law, where she teaches Parliamentary Law. In 2018 achievement of the national academic qualification as Associate Professor. Specific research experience in the field of form of government and anti-discrimination law, with particular regard to the topic of women’s underrepresentation in politics and in public bodies. Member of the Inter-university Research Center “Gender Cultures”. Over the last five years member of the scientific committee of a specialization course on Women and corporate governance. In 2017 member of a Team of experts led by the Lombardy Region and the bar association of Milan to plan actions to prevent violence against women. Author of many publications in the constitutional law field including L’equilibrio di genere negli organi politici (FrancoAngeli 2013); Contributo allo studio dello scioglimento anticipato delle Camere nel sistema costituzionale (Giuffré, 2016).