Stefano Varriale is a doctoral candidate in International Law and Human Rights at the Law University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy). He is focusing his research on the rights-based approach that international and regional organizations have adopted to ensure the centrality of human rights for their development and humanitarian programmes. Mr. Varriale is a member of the Bar of Naples and he holds a master's degree in human rights and conflict management from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa. He worked for the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations during the 58th session of the General Assembly in the field of disarmament and human rights, and has served as Electoral Observer of the European Union in Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. In addition to his academic research, Mr. Varriale's aim is to pursue a successful career in the field of human rights advocacy.