Human rights training has been my passion since 2000. I enjoy designing and delivering - both in person and through blended learning - educational activities that combine human rights theory and practice. Examples of my current appointments include consultancy work with UNICEF and the UN CEDAW Committee, collaboration with Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) as instructor for their courses on Children's Rights and the Right to Education, and the design and teaching of the course on Human Rights in International Politics for the MA degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padua.

An action- and policy-oriented approach shapes my research, too. I am the author of At what age... are school-children employed, married and taken to court?, a worldwide comparative analysis of minimum ages under the reporting system of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As a spin-off from that research, I wrote my PhD thesis on the minimum age for marriage and the CRC.

My other areas of specialism include the right to education and the UN human rights system. In addition to teaching at the master's level, I have presented on these topics at various UN meetings, international conferences and roundtables and have offered guest lectures in a number of universities and training cou
rses, both in Europe and overseas.

Spanning across sectors, my previous working experiences have provided me with relevant knowledge, skills and insight. Between 2011 and 2013 I was E.MA Programme Director of the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation coordinated by EIUC in Venice, Italy. I previously worked as Research Coordinator for the Right to Education Project at ActionAid International in London. Prior to that experience, I was Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Human Rights Expert for the Italian Permanent Mission at the UN in Geneva and New York. In my personal capacity, I also worked as consultant for the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education (the late Katarina Tomasevski), UNESCO-IBE, and UNICEF-Italy.
In 2015 I designed and launched, together with the Editorial Board, Rights! an independent, free, open online platform to read, write, share, discuss and act on human rights and democratisation. I have been a member of the Network of Advisers of the Right to Education Project since 2011. Between 2009 and 2011 I was a Trustee of ChildHope UK.