The University of Florence can trace its origins to the Studium, which was established in 1321, and is one of the largest organizations for research and higher education in Italy with over 1900 tenured teaching staff and researchers, over 1600 permanent technical/administrative staff and language assistants and over 55 thousand students enrolled. The University consists of 24 departments. A large part of the yearly budget is allocated to scientific research. Recently, the University of Florence has been ranked top among Italian Universities for the distribution of national research funds. The University of Florence is one of the largest and most productive public research systems in Italy. 

The Department of Legal Sciences (DSG) has been created in January 2013 melting together all existing legal sciences departments to enhance legal research in an open, multidisciplinary and stimulating environment. The Department counts 109 academics and brings together renown and experienced scholars, as well as a number of research projects funded by the Italian Research Council, the Italian University Ministry, the European Commission and other national and international agencies. Past and current research projects hosted by the Department include research on Globalization and Law, Labour Law and Litigation, the Case-law of both the European Court of Justice of the EU and of the Court for the Protection of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Migration and Integration Mechanisms, Transnational Solidarity, Recent Trends in Constitutionalism, the Nature of Government, Authorities and Public Services Regulation, Electoral Laws, Social Entrepreneurship. The Department hosts the laboratory “Diritti, stranieri, antidiscriminazione - DIR.S.A.”, clustering scholars, practitioners and students with an interests in Migration Studies.


ginevra Cerrina Feroni | Principal Investigator

Full-time Professor of Italian and Comparative Constitutional Law at the 'Cesare Alfieri' School of Political Science, University of Florence, where she teaches “Comparative Constitutional and European Law” and “Constitutional Courts and Fundamental Rights Multilevel Protection”.  She also teaches “Public Law” at the Bocconi University of Milan. She obtained her PHD in “Constitutional Justice and Protection of Fundamental Rights” at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Law. She is member of the Executive Board of the Italian Association of Constitutionalists and Vice-President of the 'Alberto Predieri' Cesifin Foundation - Centre for the Study of Financial Institutions (www.cesifin.it). From 2008 to 2015 she has been Vice-President of the Italian Association of Comparative and European Public Law. She is also Scientific Coordinator of the Review of the Italian Constitutionalists, Member of the Executive Board of Review of Comparative and European Public (published by Il Mulino), Member of  Executive Board of the Constitutional Paths Review (published by Jovene). She has so far carried out comparative researches on: multiculturalism; cultural heritage; sustainable development; administrative justice; forms of government. As a local coordinator, she won the following national research projects: State Structure, Devolution of Powers and Constitutional Changes: from the British Devolution to the Regionalisation Processes in Italy and some European Unitary States” (2005); “Levels of Government and Multicultural Integration in the European Experience: from Institutions to Rights” (2007); “Renewable Energy Sources: Local, National and European Policies in the Light of the Ongoing Technological Development” (2009). Among her most recent publications: G. Cerrina Feroni, “Diritto costituzionale e società multiculturale”, in Rivista Associazione italiana dei costituzionalisti, n. 1/2017; “Società multiculturali e percorsi di integrazione”, co-edited with V. Federico, Florence University Press 2017;  “Environment, Energy, Food. Comparative Legal Models for sustainable development”, I, II, co-edited with T. Frosini, L. Mezzetti, P. Petrillo, 2016; “Le Regioni dalla Costituente al nuovo Senato della Repubblica”, co-edited with G. Tarli Barbieri, 2016.



Veronica Federico

 Lecturer with the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Florence, where she teaches Comparative Constitutional and European Law. Veronica obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She holds aDiplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (1998 at the EHESS) in comparative studies on development, and a Diploma di laurea in political science from the University of Florence, Italy. Lecturer with the Boston College from 2009 to 2017 in the BC study program in Italy, from 2001 to 2004 she has been research associate with the School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Principal investigator for the University of Florence in the EU funded Horizon 2020 project TransSOL (grant agreement n. 649435, years 2015-2018, on the theme of transnational solidarity), and member of the University of Florence research team on the EU Horizon 2020 project RESPOND (grant agreement n.770564, on current mass migration management), she has been awarded a number of national and international research grants. Her research interests include: African studies; African Comparative Constitutional Law; Fundamental and Human rights; Constitutional and Democratic Transitions; French Constitutional Law and Politics; Citizenship, and Migration studies. Among her most recent publications: “Società multiculturali e percorsi di integrazione”, co-edited with G. Cerrina Feroni, Florence Universuty Press 2017; “Public Participation in African Constitutionalism”, co-edited with T. Abbiate and M. Böckenförde, Routledge 2018; “Solidarity as Public Virtue” co-edited with C. Lahusen, Nomos 2018 (forthcoming).



Chiara Favilli

Associate Professor of European Union Law at the University of Florence since 2014. She has also been associate Professor at LUMSA University in Rome and Palermo since 2010. She holds a PhD in European Human Rights from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. She is the author of three monographs (International limits to the expulsion of aliens, Non-discrimination in the European Union and Migration law in Italy) and a number of academic articles in several subjects of EU law (a full list of publications is available here. The red thread of her research is the development of the European integration process, the impact of EU law at national level and the role of national governments in shaping EU policies. Besides academic activities, she is involved with NGOs, lawyers, judges and public institutions in training courses dealing with EU law in general or with a special focus on migration, asylum and non-discrimination; additionally she has cooperated in several projects in the same fields. She is the scientific coordinator of a cooperation agreement between the Department of Legal Studies to which she belongs and the Legal Service of the Italian Foreign Office since 2017. Moreover, she is the Italian member of the European Network of independent experts in the non-discrimination field since 2012.



cecilia corsi

Full Professor in Public Law in the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Florence. She graduated in Administrative Law (1986, University of Florence) and got a PhD in Public law in 1993. Later she became a researcher and an Associate Professor in Public Law at the Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Florence. She directed the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences (2013-2016). She has been nominated member of the Commission for National Scientific Qualification (Constitutional Law) (2016-2018). She participated in several research projects financed by the Italian University Ministry. She led two projects financed by the Tuscany Region on the themes of participatory democracy. She is the author of three monographs and a number of academic articles in several subjects of administrative and constitutional law (a full list of publications is available at https://www.unifi.it/p-doc2-2017-200011-C-3f2a3d2f352830-0.html). Her research interests include immigration law, local government, executive agencies, deliberative and participatory democracy and armaments’ trade.



Paola Pannia

Post-doc research Fellow at the University of Florence. She holds a PhD in “Individual Person and Legal Protection” from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. Her research mostly concerns equality, cultural diversity and judicial reasoning from a comparative, socio-legal perspective. As consultant for the NGO “Defence for children” and for UNHCR, she has been involved in national and international projects focused on immigration, integration and children’s rights. She published several articles on national and international Law Journals on the same topics. Lawyer since 2012, she has collaborated with first and second line reception centres for unaccompanied minors in Florence and has been volunteering at the “Project Arcobaleno Association”, as pro bono lawyer.



Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Legal Sciences, University of Florence. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Naples “Federico II” (2009) and a MA in Political Science and Decision-Making Processes from the University of Florence (2012). Andrea also holds an Advanced Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Social Change from Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin (2013) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence (2018). He has been a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP), University of Copenhagen, and at the Centre for Research in Health and Economics (CRES), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. Andrea’s main research interests include public and social policy analysis, migration dynamics and policy, health systems and policy, federalism and decentralization, institutional and policy change, qualitative methods.




Researcher in Comparative Public Law in the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Florence (starting from December 2018). He was credited to be an "Associate Professor" in 3 scientific sectors (Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Law on Economy). Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome (2014-2018). PhD in Comparative Public Law at the University of Siena (2012). His monograph on "L'interpretazione del diritto parlamentare" (Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2015) won the IX edition of the Annual Prize Sergio Panunzio for young constitutional law scholars organized by the Italian Association of the Constitutional Law Scholar, the III edition of the Franco Angeli – Collana "Studi di diritto pubblico" Annual Prize for the best book proposal in the field of Public Law, the X edition of the Ettore Gallo Annual Prize. Author of a book about "L'Unione bancaria europea. Profili costituzionali" (Torino, Giappichelli, 2017). He was Visiting Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. He was Academic Coordinator of the Joint Master Erasmus+ in "Parliamentary procedures and legislative drafting" (EUPADRA). Member of the editorial board of "Il Filangieri". Member of the "Centro studi sul Parlamento" (CESP). His main research interests are focused on forms of government, parliamentary procedures, central banks, European economic governance and legal interpretation.


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