Alberta Fabbricotti
Docente Affidatario
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Present Positions / Appointments:


  • Adjunct Professor of Public International Law and European Law at the Law Faculty of the University La Sapienza of Rome, where, since 2014, she teaches European Law (Diritto dell’Unione europea) within the Master’s Programme in Law (72 hours, 9 ECTS). Her European Law course provided students with a supplementary experience of simulation of the European Council and the EU Council decision-making, in collaboration with the MUN Academy
  • Adjunct Professor of the Course on International Organizations and Development (taught in English), at the Department of Communication and Social Research of the University La Sapienza of Rome
  • Adjunct Professor of the Course on Cultural Heritage Law and Economics (Economia e Diritto dei Beni Culturali), at the Department of Environmental Biology of the University La Sapienza of Rome
  • Member of the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) Board of Reviewers for the evaluation of research projects and results
  • Member of the Guarantee Board of the student’s journal Sapienza Legal Papers
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Publisher De Gruyter Open, Section of Law, Public Administration
  • Member of the Scientific Committee “The Cultural and Economic Values of the UNESCO heritage” under the joint-venture by the University Alma Mater Studiorum and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
  • On January 24th, 2014, she obtained the National Academic Qualification (abilitazione) as Associate Professor





Main path

  • 1989 – Degree in Political Sciences at La Sapienza University with 110/110 marks, upon discussion of the thesis: ‘The Evolution of the EEC Agricultural Policy and the Mediterranean Integrated Programmes in the Framework of the Development of the Region’
  • 1996 - Doctorate in International Law at La Sapienza University discussing the thesis: ‘The International Protection of Minorities in International Law’
  • 1997-1999 - Post-doc scholarship by the Law Faculty of the University of Camerino (Italy) directed towards the study of the topic: ‘The Framework Convention of the Council of Europe on the Protection of National Minorities’
  • 2001-2004 Research fellow scholarship at the Law Faculty of La Sapienza University with the aim of investigating the issue: ‘Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights in the Light of Recent Trends of International Law’


Additional training experiences

  • 1994 - Course on The Law of Treaties at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam (UvA)
  • 1994 – Courses on International Environmental Law and on The External Relations of the European Communities at the Law Faculty of Leiden
  • 2003-2004 – Visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht in Heidelberg, Germany (MPIL)
  • 2004-2006 Visiting researcher at UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law), Rome
  • 2007 – Visiting researcher at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) in the Netherlands
  • 2007 – Visiting researcher at the MPIL
  • 2012 - Masterclass on The Political Economy of International Law given by Eyal Benvenisti at the MPIL



Research Grants:


As Principal Investigator:        

  • The Humanization of the Diplomatic Protection between Codification and Progressive Development of Law(La Sapienza grant in 2009)
  • The Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) between Multilateralism and Regionalism(La Sapienza grant in 2010)
  • The Protection of Minorities in International Law. Recent developments(La Sapienza grant in 2011)
  • The Political Economy of International Law(La Sapienza grant in 2012)
  • The Right to the Mother’s Family Name(La Sapienza grant received in 2014)
  • The Italian Task Force for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage within UNESCO’s initiatives (La Sapienza grant obtained in 2016)


As Participant in Projects Led by other Researchers

  • 2005 Research Project of the Law Faculty: The Law of International Trade and Foreign Investments (Principal Investigator: Prof. Andrea Giardina)
  • 2006 Research Project of the Law Faculty: The Protection of Non-Trade Values under the WTO System (Principal Investigator: Prof. Paolo Picone)
  • 2007 University Research Project: The EU External Relations (Principal Investigator: Prof. Gian Luigi Tosato)
  • 2008 University Research Project:New Trends in the EU External Relations (Principal Investigator: Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro)
  • 2008 University Research Project: The Impact of EU Law on the Judicial Processes in the Member States (Principal Investigator: Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro)
  • 2010 Project of Relevant National Interest (PRIN): The Democratic Principle in the Making and Implementation of International and European Economic Law (Principal Investigator: Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro)
  • 2013 University Research Project: The Execution of the European Court on Human Rights Judgements (Principal Investigator: Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro)
  • 2015 University Research Project: The EU as a Global Actor: The Economic and Social Conditionality Towards Third States (Principal Investigator: Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro)
  • 2017 Sapienza University Big Resarch Project: Citizenship to the Test. Juridical, Sociological and Anthropological Aspects of Migrants' Citizenship with Particular Reference to the "Second Generation"(Principal Investigator: Prof. Giuseppe Domenico Schirripa)
  • 2018 Sapienza University Project for the Creation of a Centre of Excellence on “Cultural Heritage and Cultural Technologies” of the Latium Region within the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Italy (Coordinator: Sapienza University Pro-Rector Prof. Maria Sabrina Sarto)




As Applicant for EU Research Projects Funds

  • HERA JRP UP - Call for Proposal 2015: Humanities in the European Research Areas Joint Research Programme “Uses of the Past”: ESOV – Europe as a Source of Values. The Case of Russia (Project Leader: Dr. Hab. Agnieszka Nogal, University of Warsaw, Poland; Alberta Fabbricotti leading the La Sapienza University research team) 
  • HORIZON 2020 - Call 6 / INT 3 EU Commission: PROSPERO - Europe’s Contribution to a Value-based Global Order and its Contestants: Global Justice and Prosperity, 2015 (Project Leader: Prof. Robert McCorquodale, Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law /BIICL, London, UK)
  • ERC Advanced Grant – Call 2017: MNEMOSINE – The Global Fight Against ‘Cultural Terrorism’ (Principal Investigator: Alberta Fabbricotti)



Past Teaching Experiences:



  • 2006-2007 Master Course on Trade and WTO Law (24 hours, 6 ECTS) at the Law Faculty of the University of Tilburg (The Netherland)
  • 2006-2012 Course of International Law (60 hours, 8 ECTS) at the University La Tuscia of Viterbo (Italy)
  • 2009-2010 Course of International Trade Law (40 hours, 5 ECTS) at the Law Faculty of the University of Camerino (Italy)
  • 2013-2014 Course of International Law (40 hours, 6 ECTS) for the Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Management (Diritto e Management Pubblico) at the Faculty of Law of La Sapienza University
  • 2014-2016 Course of European Law (48 hours, 6 ECTS) within the Bachelor’s Degree in Educational and Instructional Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of La Sapienza University


            Lectures and Seminars

  • 2003-2005 Seminars on the ECHR at the Law Faculty of La Sapienza University (8 hours)
  • 2005 Lecture over the subject ‘The WTO Dispute Settlement Resolution System’ in the framework of the Course of International Law at the Law Faculty of Rovigo (Italy
  • 2005 Lecture on the topic ‘Gender Discrimination under European Law’ within the Summer Course organized by the Dickinson Law School, Pennsylvania State University, under the auspices of UNIDROIT Rome
  • 2005-2007 Lectures within the Master on International Trade Law and within the Master on Security Sciences at La Sapienza University
  • 2006-2007 Seminars concerning different areas of the WTO Law within the Course of International Economic Law at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 2012 Seminar taught in English on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) within the general course hold by the second Chair of International Law at the Law Faculty of La Sapienza University (16 hours, 3 ECTS for Erasmus students)
  • 2013 Lecture on the Rights of Minorities within the La Sapienza Master on the International Protection of Human Rights


            PhD Supervision

  • 2006-2015 Member of the Teaching Staff Council for the Doctorate in International Law and European Law of La Sapienza University




Organization of Conferences:


  • In 2012 she received La Sapienza funds for the organization of a Conference focusing on the topic The WTO Agenda after the Doha Round Deadlock
  • Democracy, Globalization and Transnational Law, Seminar given in June 2013 by Prof. Armin von Bogdandy (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg)
  • The Political Economy of International Law, Conference held in Rome, 16-17 May 2014 (Speakers: Anne van Aaken, Alessandra Arcuri, Eyal Benvenisti, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Tomer Broude, Barbara Delcourt, Alberta Fabbricotti, Alessandra Gianelli, Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Christina Leb, Tobias Lehmann, Panagiotis Merkouris, André Nollkaemper, Giuseppe Palmisano, Niels Petersen, Andreas von Staden, Paul Stephan, Attila Tanzi, Joel Trachtman, Ramses Wessel and Jan Wouters). ( This conference has been reviewed in the book Inter-University Cooperation: Best Practices from Cooperation between the Sapienza University of Rome, Canadian and US Universities (Edited by F. D’Ascenzo, Springer 2016)
  • Brussels Meets Westphalia: The European Union and the United Nations, Conference by Jan Wouters (Professor and Chair ad personam Jean Monnet, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) in November 2014
  • Il diritto al cognome materno(The Right to the Mother’s Family Name), Conference held in Rome, 20 May 2016 (Speakers: Eleonora Caparrotti, Cristina Caricato, Alberta Fabbricotti, Maria Alessandra Iannicelli, Fabrizio Marongiu Buonaiuti, Roberta Peleggi, Benedetta Valenti, Daniela Vitiello)



Participation as Speaker at International Congresses and Conferences (selected events):


  • Paper ‘The WTO and RTAs: A “Bottom-Up” Interpretation of RTAs’ Autonomy Over WTO Law’, presented at the 2007 Inaugural Conference of the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law - NZCIEL, Wellington (New Zealand) on International Economic Law and National Autonomy
  • Paper ‘The Interplay Between the WTO and the RTAs: Is It A Question of Interrelation Between Different Sources of International Law?’, presented at the 2008 Inaugural Conference of the Society of International Economic Law – SIEL, at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Paper ‘The Paradox of Multilateralizing Regionalism Through Flexibility’, within the Panel on Multilateralizing Regionalism and the Future Architecture of International Trade Law as a System of Law, convened at 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law – ASIL, Washington (USA)
  • Paper ‘Universalisme et régionalisme dans le domaine des échanges commerciaux internationaux’, presented in 2010 at the 4th Biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law – ESIL, Cambridge (UK), on International Law 1989-2010: A Performance Appraisal
  • Paper ‘The Political Economy of Regional Trade Agreements’, presented at the Conference on The Political Economy of International Law, held at the Law Faculty of La Sapienza University of Rome in 2014




  • International Law Association(ILA)
  • European Society of International Law(ESIL)
  • From 2016 to 2017 Member of the ILA Italian Branch Working Group on the processes of formation and evidence of customary international law
  • From 2014 to 2016 Member of the ILA Study Group on Preferential Trade Agreements
  • From 2008 to 2011 Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Association for the Study of the World Refugee Problem (AWR)