Claudio Francavilla is Human Rights Watch's Senior EU Advocate. Since 2014, he conducts advocacy towards the EU institutions – including the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament – on the EU’s human rights foreign policy, focusing mainly on Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and EU trade policy. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2014, Claudio interned with Search for Common Ground, a peace-building NGO, first in Liberia and then in Brussels. He holds a M.A. in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, and a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Milan.