I am President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court. Since September 2020 I am Full professor of Constitutional Law at Bocconi University.
In 1993 I received a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, Florence. Thesis: Fundamental principles and European integration, supervisor prof. Bruno De Witte.
In 1987 I earned a Law degree from University of Milan, magna cum laude. Thesis: Does a European Constitution exist?, supervisors prof. Valerio Onida, Fausto Pocar.
2011: Member of the Commission for the revision of the Statute, University of Milan-Bicocca, 2006 – 2009: Deputy – director of the DGINE (Department of Legal Studies of the European and National Institutions), University of Milan-Bicocca, 2005 – 2009: Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Law, University of Milan-Bicocca, 2002 – 2004: Director of the PhD in Italian and European Constitutional Law, University of Verona, 2017 – 2018: Strategic Committee for the high-level strategic review of the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, 2018 – 2019: Strategic Group for the development of the strategic plan of the Católica Law School, Lisbon-Porto (Portugal).
2013 – present: Annual Yale Global Constitutional Seminar, 2014: Distinguished Lecture, Academy of European Law, European Institute University, Florence, 2012: Clynes Chair in Judicial Ethics, Notre Dame University, Indiana (USA), 2011: University of Eichstätt – Summer School, Human Rights and Natural Law, 2009 – 2010: Inaugural Fellow, Straus Institute for Advanced Study in Law and Justice, New York University, New York (USA), 2008: Summer Courses, San Sebastian (Spain), Fundamental Rights, 2006: Summer Courses, San Sebastian (Spain), European Constitutional Law, 2002: Visiting professor, University of Toulon (France), Comparative Constitutional Law, 1994: Visiting professor, University of Tours (France), Comparative Public Law, 1991: Fall term – Research Scholar, Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, USA), 1989–1991: International courses in Constitutional Justice, Aix-en-Provence (France)
Dec 2017 – present: Italian substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Dec 2019 – Sept 2020: President of the Italian Constitutional Court, Nov 2014 – Dec 2019: Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court, Sept 2011 – Sept 2020: Justice of the Italian Constitutional Court, appointed by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, 2008 – 2010: Senior expert of FRALEX – Fundamental Rights Agency Legal Experts, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, 2003–2006: Adjunct member of the European Commission’s Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, 1996 – 1998: Researcher at the Research Office of the Italian Constitutional Court, 1993 – 1995: Clerk at the Italian Constitutional Court
2020 –: EGEA-Bocconi University publishing company, Scientific Board, 2019 –: «International Journal of Constitutional Law» (I•CON), Advisory Board, 2018 –: «Il processo», Board of Directors, 2018 –: «MediaLaws», Steering Committee, 2017 –: «Rivista di Diritti comparati», Scientific board, 2016 –: «Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana dei Costituzionalisti», Scientific board –: «European Constitutional Law Review», Advisory board, 2013 –: Book series «Law and Christianity», Cambridge University Press, Editorial board, 2012 –: «Diritto e società», Scientific board –: Book series «Per una koinè costituzionale», Giappichelli, Co-director-: Book series “Studi di diritto pubblico”, Franco Angeli, Scientific board, 2009 –: «Italian Journal of Public Law», Co-director (with Giacinto della Cananea), 2002 –: «Revista Española de Derecho Europeo», Editorial Board, 2002 –: «Rassegna di diritto pubblico europeo», Scientific board,2000 –: «Quaderni costituzionali», il Mulino, Board of directors
Appointments and honors
Co-President-Elect of the International Society of Public Law alongside prof. Richard Albert, Resident Corresponding Fellow, Moral Sciences Class – Law, Politics and Economics Section of the Istituto Lombardo – Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, Member of the European Law Institute Senate (Jun 2020 – present), Member of the Society Council of ICON•S (The International Society of Public Law), Member of the Advisory Board of Collegio Carlo Alberto (Compagnia di San Paolo and Turin University), Member of the European Law Institute, Member of the scientific board of CERIC (Centro di Ricerca sulle Cittadinanze), Member of Italian Association of Constitutional Law Professors (Associazione Italiana dei Costituzionalisti), Member of “Gruppo di Pisa”, Founder and co-president of the Italian Chapter of ICON•S, Member of CNPDS Foundation (Centro Nazionale di Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale), Member of the Scientific Board of the Luigi Sturzo Institute,2020: Doctorate honoris causa in Law, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, 2020: Marisa Bellisario Award, 2020: Giovanni Spadolini Award, 2019: Anna Maria Mammoliti Prize, Minerva Association, 2019: Amie de la Vallée d’Aoste, Aosta Valley, 2018: TRAGUARDiDEE Award, Credito Cooperativo (Cooperative Banks Network), 2018: Meritorious Graduate Award, University of Milan Alumni Association (ALGIUSMI), 2016: Civic Merit Award, Town of Legnano, 2011: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.