Stefania worked at UNRISD from May 2006 to August 2006. Whilst working at UNRISD she was also a PhD Candidate in International Law at the “Federico II” University of Naples. She graduated cum laude in Law at the aforementioned University in March 2004 with a thesis concerning the violations of the European Convention on Human Rights and the means to redress them. Her work at UNRISD involved carrying out research focusing on the protection of Indigenous Peoples under International Law.
She was an observer at the 11th session of the UN Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and attended the Expert Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources organized by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in January 2006. In addition to this main field of research, that was the protection of Indigenous Peoples, Stefania has been engaged in the investigation of other issues, ranging from the social and environmental standards of protection within the World Bank system to international trade usages, which has led her to draft two articles published respectively in “Innovazione e Diritto” (2005) and “Giurisprudenza Italiana” (2006).