Marica is Reader in Law and Society at the University of Sussex. She holds a PhD from SOAS and is an Italian advocate and trained mediator. Before undertaking her doctorate she practised as family lawyer, and worked for Save the Children Italy where she specialised in children’s rights. Her main research interests lie in issues relating to Dispute Resolution, Access to Justice, Comparative Family Law, Children's rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Sexual Reproductive Health and Justice and their intersection. She is co-director of the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health at University of Sussex. Marica combines academic interests with activism in support of LGBTI+ people, and children. As a cause lawyer, she has been involved in a number of domestic and European court cases including, among others, Orlandi and Others v. Italy and for her research on mediation in non-heteronarmive families, she has been awarded the National Mediation Award on Inclusion and Diversity.
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