Matilde is a PhD Candidate in the program of ‘Human rights, society and multi-level governance’ at the University of Padova (Italy). Her current PhD research is focused on the role of non-state actors (NSAs) in the violation of human rights of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Specifically, her research project aims to explore whether NSAs could be held liable under international human rights law for the abuses committed against forced migrants, thus filling a current big lacuna in existing scholar writings. She was appointed Junior Research Associate at the University of Sussex and was awarded the Lauterpacht/Higgins Prize at the end of her LLM at the London School of Economics (LSE) for best performance in public international law.