Stefania D’Avanzo is a Lecturer of English Language and Linguistics, and English Language and Linguistics for Special Purposes at the University of Naples ‘l’Orientale’, Italy. She holds a PhD in English for Special Purposes and an MA in Linguistics and Sociolinguistics of European Languages from the University of Naples Federico II. She has been a Member of the Naples unit of PRIN, a national research project. Her current research is mainly concerned with legal and institutional discourse, discourse analysis and teaching. She is the author of “European Summaries of Directives on Asylum: Hybridization in Institutional Discourse” in Genre(s) on the Move: Hybridization and Discourse Change in Specialized Communication (2011), and co-author of “Linguistic and Legal Vagueness in EU Directives Harmonising Protection for Refugees and Displaced Persons” in Researching Language and the Law: Textual Features and Translation Issues (2010) and “The Role of Shall and Should in Two International Treaties: The UN Charter (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950)” in CADAAD Journal.