Stefania Di Stefano


PhD Researcher in International Law
LL.M. in International Law Programme Manager
Spoken languages
Italian, English, French
Areas of expertise
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights (and Business)
  • Corporate responsibility

PhD Thesis


Title: Regulating Freedom of Expression in the Age of Social Media

PhD Supervisor: Andrew Clapham




Stefania Di Stefano is a PhD Researcher in International Law and Programme Manager for the LL.M. in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She 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.

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.

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 previously worked as Project Assistant for the Geneva Human Rights Platform, which is hosted by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the Human Rights, Economic and Social Issues Section.


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant at the LL.M. Program in International Law at the Graduate Institute


Research Experience

Research Associate on Content Moderation of Online Platforms, University of Leeds (2020-2021)


Research Interests


  • International Human Rights Law

  • Business and Human Rights

  • Human Rights in the Digital Age

  • Corporate Responsibility

  • Rights to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information


Relevant Publications and Works


1. “The Facebook Oversight Board and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Missed Opportunity for Alignment?” in Frédéric Bernard & Jonathan Andrew (eds.) ‘Human Rights Responsibilities in the Digital Age – States, Companies and Individuals' – Hart Publishing, Oxford (2021), 93-116

2. “Facebook’s new recipe: too much optimism, not enough human rights”, OpenGlobalRights (2020)

3. “State behaviour in cyberspace: a new challenge for the international community”, DiploFoundation (2018), co-authored with Francesca Casalini

4. “State behaviour in cyberspace: moving away from a military discourse”, DiploFoundation (2018) co-authored with Francesca Casalini

5. “A ‘Digital’ Geneva Convention to Protect Cyberspace? Evaluating the prospects for and content of a Convention on Cybersecurity”, TradeLab (2018), co-authored with Francesca Casalini and Fabiola Rosi


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


(2019) Diploma in Human Rights Law by the European University Institute