Alberto Alemanno

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Alberto Alemanno
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Alberto Alemanno speaking about Europe (2011)
Born 30 April 1975
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
Known for

Founder, eLabEurope Founder, EU Public Interest Clinic Co-Founder, The Good Lobby Founder, European Journal of Risk Regulation Jean Monnet programme Professor of European Union Law

Chair of the Law Department, HEC Paris
Notable awards

Chauncey Starr award, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, 40 under 40

Young Leader of the Council for the United States and Italy
Spouse Mariana Calvo de Irujo (m. 2007)
Children 2

Alberto Alemanno (born 30 April 1975) is a legal scholar, public interest lawyer and civic entrepreneur. He is known for his work with the European Union and in risk regulation, public health, consumer rights and food policy. He also developed the theory of nudge in policy-making.[1] Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris[2] and Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.[3] He founded and is CEO of eLabEurope, which aims to bridge the gap between academic research and policy in Europe.[4] He co-founded The Good Lobby, a skill-sharing platform connecting academics, lawyers and other professionals with non-profits and civic groups in need of advice.

As a teacher[5] he was an early adopter of iTunes U,[6] and Coursera, a Massive open online course (MOOC).[7]

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.

After working as a lawyer in Paris, he became a qualified attorney 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 began his academic career at the College of Europe in Bruges in 2001, when he was selected as a teaching assistant before embarking in the following year on his PhD at Bocconi University. He worked under the supervision of Professor Giorgio Sacerdoty, former Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body, and Peter Barton Hutt, from Harvard Law School. After gaining several years of both legal and judicial practice and teaching, he entered academia full-time in 2009 when he was recruited by HEC Paris as Associate Professor of Law.

In 2011 he became Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris,[2] where he teaches European Union Law, EU Affairs and Advocacy, as well as Global Risk Regulation.[8] He was Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center between 2011 and 2013,[9] where he taught Global Risk Regulation and became a scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health.[10] Alemanno is also Invited Professor at St. Gallen University, where he leads the Public Affairs, Advocacy and Law module at the MBL Executive Programme. Alemanno regularly contributes to Le Monde, Politico, the Huffington Post and Il Sole 24 ore. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Economist, Science, and Nature. He contributes to scholarly blogs, including the Italian legal blog Diritti Comparati, which he co-founded.

In 2013 he became Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law[11] where he founded and served as faculty director of the HEC-NYU EU Regulatory Policy Clinic,[12] a program to train new public interest lawyers and civic advocates.[13]

In 2015, Alemanno and his students published a report [14] on "freedom of panorama" in Europe for the European Consumer Organisation, advocating prohibition of airline "no-show" clauses. They also lodged a complaint on behalf of Access Info Europe before the European Ombudsman, who decided to open an investigation into the transparency of judicial appointments.

In 2016, he prepared a report for WWF advocating reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. He also wrote a directive on whistleblowing protection.[15] for Transparency International[16][17][18][19]

Alemanno is Coursera instructor where he teaches "Understanding Europe – Why it Matters and What it Can Offer you"[20]

Alemanno advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on various aspects of European Union law, international regulatory co-operation, international trade and global health law.


Alemanno has studied emerging law and the policy of risk regulation in both the European Union and the World Trade Organization. In particular, he focused on the relationship between the regulatory competence of states in domestic policy, such as public health and food safety, and the preservation of the international trade framework. He has studied the role of law in regulating lifestyle choices in areas such as alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy diets.

Civic Ventures[edit]

Alemanno established eLabEurope, which promotes civic engagement and participation in Europe through a mixture of academic research, advocacy and training.

A spin-off of eLabEurope is The Good Lobby. It connects academics and business professionals with non-profit organisations that need advice to pursue their public interest goals.

Alemanno also established and runs the EU Public Interest Clinic, together with HEC Paris and NYU School of Law. The Clinic brings together students from NYU Law School and HEC Paris to help non-government organizations (NGOs).

Alemanno hosts the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, which has more than 200 international alumni.

He established TEN – The European Nudge Network in 2014. Its goal is to offer insight into the behaviour of organizations throughout Europe.

Alemanno is the founder and editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation[21]

Alemanno was named[22] Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the European Union's 40 brightest minds by the European Young Leaders programme "40 under 40"[23] run by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe.[24]


  • Reinventing Legal Education (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2017) ( with L. Khadar)
  • The New Intellectual Property of Health – Beyond Plain Packaging (Edward Elgar, forthcoming in 2016) (ed. with E. Bonadio)
  • Nudge and the Law – A European Perspective (Oxford Hart Publishing, 2015) – (ed. with A-L. Sibony)
  • Regulating Lifestyle Risks – Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets – (Cambridge University Press, 2014), 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)


  • "Nudge and the European Union," in Choice Architecture and Democracy: Exploring the Legitimacy of Nudging, (Christoph Möllers, M. Steinbeis, Alexandra Kemmerer and Gerhard Wagner, eds., Hart Publishing, 2016)
  • How Transparent is Transparent Enough? Balancing Access To Information Against Privacy in European Judicial Selection, in Selecting Europe's Judges (M. Bobek, ed., Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • '‘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 co-operation,’‘ 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)


  • "Towards Effective Regulatory Cooperation under TTIP: A Comparative Overview of the EU and US Legislative and Regulatory Systems," COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN LAW (2016)
  • "The Future of International Regulatory Cooperation: TTIP as a Step Toward a Global Regulatory Laboratory," LAW AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS (2016) (with Jonathan Wiener)
  • "The Regulatory Cooperation Chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Institutional Structures and Democratic Consequences," 26 JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW (2015)
  • '‘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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