Stefania  Di Stefano

Stefania Di Stefano

Project Officer at the Geneva Human Rights Platform

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  Business and Human Rights  /  Human Rights in the Digital Age  /  Corporate Responsibility  /  Freedom of Expression and Access to Information  /  Rights to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information

Stefania Di Stefano is a PhD Researcher in international law at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Her research interests include international human rights law, business and human rights, human rights in the digital age, corporate responsibility, and the rights to freedom of expression and access to information.

Stefania served as Teaching Assistant (in 2020) and as Programme Manager (2021–2022) for the LLM in International Law at the Graduate Institute. In 2021, she was also a Consultant for the Mandate of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. From 2020 to 2021, she was a Research Associate for the project ‘The Co-Evolution of Facebook’s Content Policies and International Instruments on Freedom of Expression’ at the University of Leeds. She previously worked as Project Assistant for the Geneva Human Rights Platform and, prior to that, Stefania was Junior Pro Bono Coordinator for the Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program at Sidley Austin LLP in Geneva. She has also been an intern at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the Human Rights, Economic and Social Issues Section.

Stefania holds a master's degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute (2018) and an LLB (Hons) in Law and European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton (2016). In 2019, she was awarded the Diploma in Human Rights Law by the European University Institute.

Publications

Is Facebook Keeping Up with International Standards on Freedom of Expression? A Time-Series Analysis 2005-2020

April 2022

Stefania Di Stefano, Konstantinos Stylianou, Nicolo Zingales

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The Facebook Oversight Board and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Missed Opportunity for Alignment?

2021

Stefania Di Stefano

Frédéric Bernard and Jonathan Andrew (eds.), Human Rights Responsibilities in the Digital Age – States, Companies and Individuals, Hart Publishing

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Facebook’s new recipe: too much optimism, not enough human rights

2020

Stefania Di Stefano

OpenGlobalRights

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State behaviour in cyberspace: a new challenge for the international community

March 2018

Stefania Di Stefano, co-authored with Francesca Casalini

diplomacy.edu

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Human Rights Platforms

Develops Connections

The GHRP creates new opportunities for all stakeholders in the field of human rights in and outside Geneva to meet, exchange information and debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system.

Delegations at the UN Human Rights Council

Reflects on Functioning

As a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, the GHRP supports the international community to engineer solutions to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies, allowing them to address human rights challenges effectively.

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Builds Capacity

Via training courses, targeted research and publications, briefings for diplomats and expert roundtables, the GHRP supports the international community to engage more effectively with the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies.