Activities and Publications

2017 Anti terrorism laws and fundamental rights, project co-coordinated under the auspices of the Société de Législation Comparée, Section Droit Publique, focusing on 10 countries. The goal of the project is to investigate and highligh convergent/divergent patterns of balance between the enforcement of the individual freedoms (notably freedom of moblity, economic freedom, and freedom of speech are considered) and the pursuit of security and public order objectives. The data are collected relying on the case laws of 10 countries and the correspondent legislative debates unfolded after 2001.

2016 Middle Range Levels of Governance in the Judiciary, individual project, research activity conducted in Italy in the frame of the collaborative strategy launched by the Conference of the Italian Universities Rectors and the Ministry of Justice.

2016-17 Comparative analysis of the French and Italian justice system, this project is supported both by the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice and the Conference of the Italian Universities Rector, as a policy oriented research. This project is on going and has been enriched by the in-depth analysis of the Grasse-Florence-Grenoble-Catane courts. Focus groups and structured interviews have been conducted and are going to be conducted in about 15 judicial offices.

2013-14 The Choice of Europe, since Maastricht, Horizon 2020 call 2014, staff unit in the LUISS team. Project led by the Salzburg Centre for European Studies (scientific coordinator Sonia Rielmann). “The project aims to study the preferences of member states’ governments’ for different models of a fiscal union. The theoretical framework builds on the comparative political economy literature and liberal intergovernmentalism and argues that domestic economic, fiscal and political factors explain member states’ preferences. Individual focus on the Southern EU cabinet decision making processes.

2014 Valeurs et innovation dans la justice, project financed by the French Ministry of Justice. Mission droit et justice. This project is framed into a broader research agenda carried on jointly with the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice, having as key focus the interactions between technological innovations and post bureaucratic organisational settings, specially in court systems. The project aimed to investigate the extent to which the technological innovations are conducive of new mentalities and new behavioral patterns in the courts as well as in the bar councils.

2012-16 Coordinator of the UNIBO local research unit “Inter-institutional accountability” of the integrated project Economic crisis and democratic qualities in the EU, project financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (PRIN COFIN programme, national coordinator Leonardo Morlino). The project aimed to answer without endorsing a normative vision of a good democracy, rather starting from an empirical analysis, how democracies have reached to the 2007-08 economic crisis. Furthermore, the methodology uses the qualitative analysis as a way to deepen and integrate the quantitative analysis and, thereby, it innovates the current scholarship on this topic. The project has created a dataset which allows the teams involved into it to permanently work in partnership with the international scientific community. The countries analysed from a qualitative point of view have been France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and United Kingdom.