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Valentina Volpe

Associate Professor, Senior Research Affiliate

Main Fields of Research:

Global and international public law, comparative constitutional law, democracy promotion, human rights, non-state actors, international organizations (with a particular focus on CoE and EU), European human rights law.

Academic Career:

Since 2017: Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) of Public International Law, tenure, and Co-Director of the Advanced LL.M. in Human Rights, Security & Development (with Dean Ioannis Panoussis), Lille Catholic University, France.

Since 2016: Associate Lecturer, Master in Management e Politiche delle Pubbliche Amministrazioni (M.A.M.A.), LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy.

2016-2017: Associate Lecturer, United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), San José, Costa Rica.

2014-2017: Senior Research Fellow at the MPIL.

2015-2017: Associate Lecturer, Lille Catholic University, campus of Paris, France.

2014 - 2016: Associate Lecturer, University of Mannheim, Germany.

2013 - 2014: Project Manager, human rights area, @uxilia NGO, Udine, Italy.

2008 - 2012: Ph.D. Candidate in Law and Legal Theory, Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) Naples, (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), Italy.

2008 - 2010: Assistant Lecturer of Comparative Constitutional Law, Department of Political Science, University of Trieste, Italy.

2007: Project Officer, intern, Italian Embassy of Beijing, China (September – December).

2006: Parliamentary Assistant, intern, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (January – June).


2008 - 2012:  Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM), (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), with a doctoral dissertation on Global Administrative Law and International Law: Global Dimensions of Democracy (supervisor Professor Sabino Cassese).
Defense: 14th February 2013.

2005 - 2007:  LL.M. (Laurea Specialistica) 110/110 summa cum laude in European, International and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Trieste with a dissertation on Comparative Constitutional Law: The Role of the Venice Commission in the Eastern Europe’s Constitutional Transition (supervisor Professor Sergio Bartole).

2002 - 2005:  J.D. (Laurea di Primo Livello) 110/110 summa cum laude in Legal Science at the University of Trieste, with a dissertation on Comparative Private Law: The European Models of Civil Unions (supervisor Professor Mauro Bussani).

2005: Erasmus exchange student, Faculté de Droit, de Sciences Politiques et de Gestion, Robert Schuman, University of Strasbourg, France (Spring term).


Visiting positions and research stays:

2010 - 2011: Visiting researcher at the Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, USA.
Courses: Constitution. Philosophy, History, Law (Professor Bruce Ackerman); Human Rights & Difference (Professor Ratna Kapur); Law and Globalization (Professors Seyla Benhabib & Alec Stone Sweet); International Dimensions of Democratization (Professor Nikolay Marinov).

2010: Study Visitor at the European University Institute (EUI) Library, San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence, Italy (February – July).

2009: Study Visitor at the Italian Constitutional Court Library, Rome, Italy (July).

2007: Visiting researcher at the European Commission for Democracy through Law - Venice Commission (supervisor Ms. Simona Granata–Menghini), Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (August-September).


2016: Fritz Thyssen Foundation Grant, Promotion of science and research events, State, Economy and Society, for the conference Remedies against Immunity? Reconciling International and domestic law after the Italian Constitutional Court's Sentenza 238/2014, (co-organized with Anne Peters and Stefano Battini) at Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, May 2017 (Grant 25.000 euro).

2008 - 2011: Doctoral fellowship grant, Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM), Naples.

Since 2008: Cultore della Materia (honorary title) in Italian and Comparative Constitutional Law, Political Science Department, University of Trieste.

2005: Erasmus exchange grant, Faculté de Droit, de Sciences Politiques et de Gestion, Robert Schuman, University of Strasbourg, France (Spring term).


Executive board, PhD Programme in Global Studies. Justice, Rights, Politics, University of Macerata (since 2017).

Member of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) (since 2015).

Member of the IRPA - Istituto di Ricerche sulla Pubblica Amministrazione (since 2014).

Member of the Global Legal Network (since 2015).

Member of the executive team of the Antonio Cassese Intiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity – Geneva Academy of International and Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland (since 2013).

Member of the Local editorial board of the Review Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo - DPCE - office of Trieste, Association of Comparative and European Public Law (since 2009).


Dialoghi Italiani

Initiator (with Giacomo Rugge) and co-organizer (with Sabrina Ragone) of the MPIL discussion forum Dialoghi Italiani about legal and political developments in Italy (in Italian).