Alberto Alemanno

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Alberto Alemanno
Turin, Italy [1]
EducationHarvard Law School, College of Europe, Bocconi University
Occupation(s)academic, author, lawyer

Alberto Alemanno (born 30 April 1975 in Turin, Italy) is an academic, author, public interest lawyer, and civic entrepreneur. He is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law at HEC Paris since 2009,[2] permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, School of Public Policy, and at the College of Europe in Bruges.[3]

Academic career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

He started teaching in 2009 as associate professor of law at HEC Paris; since 2011 he is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris where he teaches European Union Law, EU Affairs and Advocacy, as well as Global Risk Regulation.[4]

In 2013 he became Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law where he established and serves as faculty director the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic, a program to train new public interest lawyers and civic advocates.[5] He is permanent visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, School of Public Policy and at the College of Europe.[6]

Alemanno has also been guest professor at St. Gallen University, where he led the Public Affairs, Advocacy and Law module at the MBL Executive Programme for over a decade.[7]


Alemanno regularly provides advice to a variety of NGOs as well as governments and international organizations on various aspects of European Union law, international regulatory co-operation, international trade and global health law. He sits on the board of several civil society organisations, such as European Alternatives, Access Info Europe, Riparte il Futuro, Diritto di Sapere, as well as the citizens’ pan-EU campaigning movements We Move and Vox-Europe.

Together with Frank Biancheri he co-launched Newropeans, one of the first transnational political party in 2008.[8]

Alberto Alemanno was involved in the registration of the first European Citizen Initiative aimed at eliminating the international roaming charges in 2013 (One Single Tariff)[citation needed] and provided advice to several others.

Alemanno campaigned for plain tobacco packaging by training public officials and health advocates and providing legal assistance to the World Health Organization.[9]

In 2015, Alemanno and others published a report for Wikimedia on freedom of panorama in Europe. The same year, he has been advocating for the prohibition of airline "no-show" clauses by serving BEUC, European Consumer Organisation.[10][11]

In 2016, he prepared a report for WWF advocating reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.[citation needed]

In 2018 he was one of the initiators of the campaign Real Representation as Europeans for the 2019 European Parliament election with the We Move slogan.[8]

In 2018, he successfully lodged one of the complaints to the European Ombudsman about José Manuel Barroso’s business activities with Goldman Sachs.[12][13]

In Spring 2018, after publishing an op-ed in Le Monde[14] and Politico,[15] Alemanno lodged a complaint before the European Ombudsman arguing that the EU Disinformation Review violates the freedom of expression and right of defense.[16][17][18]

Alemanno campaigned and drafted the first EU directive[citation needed] aimed at protecting whistleblowers in the European Union. His text was used by the EU Commission in 2018[citation needed] when putting foreword its proposal.[19][20]

In 2020 Alemanno was part of the citizens committee that started the European Citizens Initiative, Voters without Borders, calling the EU to confer full political rights to all citizens regardless where they reside.[21]

He provided pro bono legal assistance to the ECI initiators before, during and after the signature collection against reauthorization of glyphosate in Europe.[22]

He lodged a collective complaint on behalf of the European Youth Forum to challenge the institutionalization of unpaid internships in Belgium before the Council of Europe.[23]

Political career[edit]

In the Italian legislative elections of 2018, Alberto Alemanno was a candidate for the Senate for the Più Europa party led by Emma Bonino. He obtained 5,613 preference votes and was not elected.[24]



He has published in leading international law journals, such as the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Harvard International Law Journal and the Common Market Law Review, and authored books with university publishers and edited volumes. He’s the author of more than 40 articles.[29] He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation.[30] He contributes to scholarly blogs, including Verfassungsblog, and the Italian legal blog Diritti Comparati, which he co-founded.

Academic and civil society initiatives[edit]

Alemanno created and participated in different initiatives combining academia and NGOs.

List of initiatives[edit]

  • EU Public Interest Clinic,[31] 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)
  • eLabEurope[32] which promotes civic engagement and participation in Europe through a mixture of academic research, advocacy and training.
  • The Good Lobby[33] aimed at fostering active citizenship and accountability via citizen-lobbyists
  • Summer Academy in Global Law & Policy],[34] which has more than 400 international alumni since its inception in 2009 and was transformed into The Lobbying Summer Academy in 2018.
  • TEN[35] – The European Nudge Network in 2014. Its goal is to offer insight into the behaviour of organizations throughout Europe.[36][37]



  1. ^ Farrell, Riley (3 October 2022). "Migrants in Italy face uncertainty after far-right prime minister's win". abcNEWS. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  2. ^ HEC (January 2021). "HEC Paris – ALEMANNO Alberto". HEC Paris.
  3. ^ "Alberto Alemanno – Biography – NYU School of Law".
  4. ^ "Profile Alberto Alemanno – Georgetown Law".
  5. ^ "A taste of policy". POLITICO.
  6. ^ "Alberto". / Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Alberto Alemanno | University of St. Gallen - Executive M.B.L.-HSG". Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  8. ^ a b Alemanno, Alberto (7 February 2018). "Why transnational lists matter for EU democracy". Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  9. ^ By Alemanno himself: Der «gestupste» Raucher –Haben Staaten ein freies Schussfeld?, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2012; EU Tobacco Control 2.0, European Voice, 10 January 2013; Regulating Tobacco in Europe, Huffington Post, 4 March 2013
  10. ^ Alemanno, Alberto; Lapp, Christopher; Delalande, Agathe; Khadar, Lamin; Darbishire, Helen; Bartlett Quintanilla, Pam (6 June 2015). "The EU Public Interest Clinic and Access Info Europe Present: A Complaint to the European Ombudsman Regarding Judicial Transparency". SSRN 2636877.
  11. ^ "Costly Compromises Stir Fury With the European Union". New-York Times. June 2016.
  12. ^ "Les affaires Barroso et Kroes dévoilent l'absence de règles efficaces en matière de lobbying en Europe". Le Monde. September 2016.
  13. ^ By Alemanno himself: La Libre Belgique;
  14. ^ "Fake news : " L'initiative doit venir des géants du Web "". Le Monde. January 2018.
  15. ^ "Macron's fake news law will threaten democracy". Politico. January 2018.
  16. ^ "Global crackdown on fake news raises censorship concerns". The Guardian. April 2018.
  17. ^ "EU urged to act over social media and fake news". The Guardian. April 2018.
  18. ^ "Brussels warns tech groups over spread of 'fake news". The Financial Times. April 2018.
  19. ^ "Whistleblower Protection In the Public and Private sector in the European Union" (PDF). Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  20. ^ "How the EU Can Help Protect Whistleblowers". Bloomberg. May 2018.
  21. ^ Alemanno, Alberto; Leclercq, Christophe; Clarotti, Giorgio; Costa, Olivier (21 September 2020). "EU representatives and voters without borders". Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  22. ^ Alemanno, Alberto. "Beyond Consultations: Reimagining EU Participatory Politics". Carnegie Europe. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  23. ^ "Youth Forum takes battle against unpaid internships to court". 12 May 2017.
  24. ^ "No title". Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  25. ^ "Alberto Alemanno | Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker". (in French). Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  26. ^ "TwentyThirty". Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Alberto Alemanno - Agenda Contributor". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  28. ^ EPIC. "European Young Leaders". Friends of Europe. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  29. ^ "Author Page for Alberto Alemanno :: SSRN". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  30. ^ "European Journal of Risk Regulation". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  31. ^ "CLINIC HOMEPAGE | Old Continent". December 2022.
  32. ^
  33. ^ "Alberto Alemanno on how lobbying can be a force for good". Democratic audit. June 2017.
  34. ^ "Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy". International Law Institute. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
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  36. ^ L’Europa come spinta gentile, Il Sole 24 Ore, 20 October 2013
  37. ^ Nudging Europe, European Voice, 16 May 2012

External links[edit]

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