Alberto Alemanno

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Alberto Alemanno
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Alberto Alemanno speaking about Europe (2011)
Nationality Italy, Spain
Fields Law, Government, Public Policy
Institutions New York University
Georgetown University
HEC Paris
Alma mater Università degli Studi di Torino
Bocconi University
Harvard Law School
College of Europe
Notable awards Chauncey Starr award

Alberto Alemanno (born April 30, 1975), is a legal scholar and public interest lawyer, known for his work on the European Union, risk regulation and public health prevention as well as on the theory of nudge in policy-making.[1] Currently Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris,[2] Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law[3] and Founder and CEO of eLabEurope,[4] a civic start up aimed at promoting open-source policymaking in Europe. He has been named[5] as one of the European Union’s 40 brightest minds by the European Young Leaders programme "40 under 40" [6] run by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe which aims to shape Europe's future.[7] Alberto is known not only for being a prolific scholars and active public interest lawyer but also for being a creative and passionate teacher [8] having first embraced iTunes U,[9] then pioneering Coursera with a Massive open online course devoted to the functioning and impact of the European Union.[10]

Education and early career[edit]

Originally from Italy, Alemanno earned a Laurea in Giurisprudenza cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Torino, LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and the College of Europe, and a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University.

He became a qualified attorney at law in New York in 2004 and then served as a law clerk for Judge Allan Rosas and Judge Alexander Arabadjiev at the Court of Justice of the European Union and for Enzo Moavero Milanesi at the General Court of the European Union.

Academic career[edit]

Alberto Alemanno is since 2009 Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris,[2] where he teaches European Union Law, Administrative Law and Policy, EU Affairs and Lobbying, as well as Global Risk Regulation.[11] He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center,[12] where he teaches Global Risk Regulation and is a scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health.[13] He previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges. In recent years, Alemanno has been a guest writer on Eutopia Law Blog[14] as well as founder and contributor to Diritti Comparati.[15]

Since 2013, he is also Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law[16] where he is the faculty director of the HEC-NYU EU Regulatory Policy Clinic,[17] a pioneering program aimed at promoting civic engagement among young Europeans and Americans.[18] Alemanno's clinical students worked on the reform of the European Citizens' Initiative, on the EU Lobby register, on the role of the legislatures in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on judicial transparency by examining the transparency of the committee established by Article 255 of the TFEU led by Jean-Marc Sauvé as well as on data protection by ICANN.[17]

Alemanno is Coursera instructor where he teaches a MOOC entitled "Understanding Europe – Why it Matters and What it Can Offer you"[19] By combining lectures to real policy initiatives this MOOC intends to enable the MOOC’s participants to have a ‘say’ in the EU policy process. In particular, by blending teaching and participatory processes, this MOOC crowdsources the massive classroom and presents their input into the EU policy process.[20]


Alberto Alemanno’s research has been centred on the role of evidence in policymaking and adjudication both at the national and international level. In particular, he has been focusing on and promoting the study of the emerging law and policy of risk regulation in both the European Union and the World Trade Organization legal orders. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between the regulatory competence of states in furtherance of domestic policies of general interest and concern, such as public health and food safety, and the preservation of a liberal international trade framework.

In his works, he explores the use of scientific evidence and behavioral research in regulatory decision-making and in the judicial review of science-based measures by courts. Recently, he has been working on the role of law in regulating lifestyle choices by integrating the insights of behavioural research in areas such as alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy diets.

His most recent research focuses on public participation, transparency and openness in democratic processes of policymaking, including social media.[4] His ideas on public participation and civic engagement are accessible via the manifesto of eLabEurope website.[4]



Alemanno is the founder and editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation[21] and he is a member of the editorial boards of the Revue du Droit de l’Union européenne, the European Food and Feed Law Review and the Area Editor for Policy of Risk Analysis: An International Journal. Alemanno is the founder and scientific director of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy.[22]


  • Regulating Lifestyle Risks - Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets (forthcoming) - (Cambridge University Press), ed. with A. Garde)
  • Better Business Regulation in a Risk Society (Springer, 2013) - (ed. with F. den Butter, A. Nijsen and J. Torriti)
  • Foundations of EU Food Law & Policy – Ten Years of European Food Safety Authority - (Ashgate, 2013) (ed. with S. Gabbi)
  • Governing Disasters - The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation - (ed. Edward Elgar, 2011)
  • Trade in Food – Regulatory and Judicial Approaches in the EU and the WTO - (Cameron May, London 2nd ed., 2007)


  • ‘‘Is there a role for Cost-benefit Analysis beyond the Nation-State? Lessons from International Regulatory Co-operation,’‘ in The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy (M. Livermore and R. Revesz , ed., Oxford University Press , 2013)
  • ‘‘Public Perception of Food Safety Risks Under WTO Law: A Normative Perspective,’‘ in Research Handbook on Environment, Health and the WTO (G. van Calster and D. Prévost, ed., Edward Elgar, 2012)
  • ‘‘Comparing Regulatory Oversight Bodies Across the Atlantic: The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the US and the Impact Assessment Board in the EU,’‘ in Comparative Administrative Law (Peter Lindseth and Susan Rose-Ackerman, ed., Edward Elgar, 2011) (with J. Wiener)
  • ‘‘How to get out of the regulatory deadlock over GMOs? This is time for regulatory cooperation,’‘ in Cooperating in Managing Biosafety and Biodiversity in a global world, EU, US and California (J. Swinnen and D. Vogel, ed., Edward Elgar, 2011)
  • ‘‘What has been and what is left thirty years after Les Verts/Parliament,’‘ in The Past and Future of EU Law The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty (L. Azoulai and M. Maduro, ed., Hart , 2010)


  • ‘‘Openness at the Court of Justice of the EU - Toppling a Taboo,’‘ 51 COMMON MARKET LAW REVIEW 1 (2014) (with O. Stefan)
  • ‘‘Unpacking the Principle of Openness in EU Law - Transparency, Participation and Democracy ,’‘ EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW 1 (2014)
  • ‘‘Nudging Legally – On the Checks and Balances of Behavioral Regulation,’‘ 12 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 2 (2013)(with A. Spina)
  • ‘‘The Emergence of an EU Lifestyle Policy - The Case of Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets ,’‘ 50 COMMON MARKET LAW REVIEW 6 (2013) (with A. Garde)
  • ‘‘Impact assessment of EU non-legislative rule-making: the missing link in new comitology,’‘ 19 EUROPEAN LAW JOURNAL (2013) (with A. Meuwese)
  • ‘‘Out of Sight Out of Mind – Towards a New Tobacco Products Directive,’‘ 18 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW (2012)
  • ‘‘Regulatory Impact Assessment and European Courts: When Ex Ante Evaluation Meets Ex Post Judicial Control,’‘ 17(3) EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW (2011)
  • ‘‘Gowan Comércio Internacional e Serviços Lda v. Ministero della Salute,’‘ 48 COMMON MARKET LAW REVIEW 5 (2011)
  • ‘‘Do You Mind My Smoking? Some Reflections On Plain Packaging Of Cigarettes And Its Compatibility With TRIPS' Provisions On Trademarks And Public Health,’‘ JOHN MARSHALL REVIEW OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW (2011) (with E. Bonadio)
  • ‘‘Opinion 1/2008: Community Competence to conclude with certain Members of the WTO agreements modifying the Schedules of Specific Commitments of the Community and its member states under the GATS’‘, 104 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2011)
  • ‘‘The Better Regulation Initiative at the Judicial Gate: A Trojan Horse within the Commission’s Walls or the Way Forward? ,’‘ 15 EUROPEAN LAW JOURNAL, issue 5 (2009)
  • ‘‘The shaping of risk regulation by Community Courts,’‘ JEAN MONNET WORKING PAPER, 18, 2008 (2008)
  • ‘‘The European Food Safety Authority at Five,’‘ EUROPEAN FOOD AND FEED LAW REVIEW (2008)
  • ‘‘Le principe de la reconnaissance mutuelle au delà du marché intérieur. Phénomène d'exportation normative ou stratégie de ,’‘ REVUE DU DROIT DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE, 2/2006 (2006)
  • ‘‘Judicial Enforcement of the WTO Hormones ruling within the European Community: Toward an EC Liability for the non-implementation of WTO Dispute Settlement Decisions,’‘ 45 ”, HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (2004)
  • ‘‘À la recherche d’un juste équilibre entre libertés fondamentales et droits fondamentaux dans le marché intérieur – Quelques réflexions à propos des arrêts Schmidberger et Omega,’‘ REVUE DU DROIT DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE, 4/04 (2004)
  • ‘‘Gli accordi di reciproco riconoscimento di conformità dei prodotti tra regole OMC ed esperienza europea,’‘ RIVISTA DEL DIRITTO DEL COMMERCIO INTERNAZIONALE, 3-4, 2003 (2003)
  • ‘‘Le principe de précaution en droit communautaire: stratégie de gestion des risques ou risque d’atteinte au marché intérieur?,’‘ REVUE DU DROIT DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE, 4/2001 (2001)

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