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Biography

I am a PhD researcher at the Law Department of the EUI and since April 2018 I have been working as a policy officer at the European Commission in Brussels.

I am currently finalizing a PhD thesis entitled ‘Regulating child and adolescent sexuality: autonomy, vulnerability and the duty of care. An international and comparative analysis.’

In my research I argue that sexual and reproductive rights, as a particular area of international human rights law,  should be adapted to the particular needs and features of children as rights-holders. To this end, I critically examine key concepts and principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, such as the best interest of child, child’s evolving capacities, parental direction and guidance, the prohibition of discrimination or the right to be heard to explore how they can be applied to the area of sexuality and reproduction. I also analyze the impact of international children’s rights standards on national regulations of sexuality education at school, access to sexual and reproductive health services and goods, and criminal laws on sexual assault and violence.

Prior to joining the EUI I worked for four years as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. I hold the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre in Venice and Master 2 en droit européen (spécialisation ‘droit pénal européen’) from Strasbourg University.