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Alberto Alemanno is an academic, author, activist and civic entrepreneur. He is internationally known for his scholarly and public interest work on the democratization of the European Union, the use of law to advance the public interest, in areas such as risk regulation, public health, consumer rights and food policy as well as legal education reform. He has developed the theory of citizen lobbying to rethink representative democracy in the national and transnational space. Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law at HEC Paris since 2009[1], and also Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law[2] and permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, School of Public Policy and at the College of Europe.

Alberto Alemanno
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Alberto Alemanno speaking about Europe (2011)
Born 30 April 1975
Nationality Italy, Spain
Alma mater Università degli Studi di Torino
Bocconi University
Harvard Law School
World Economic Forum
Known for

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

Chair of the Law Department, HEC Paris
Spouse(s) Mariana Calvo de Irujo (m. 2007)
Children 3

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
Scientific career
Fields Law, government, public policy, civic entrepreneurship
Institutions New York University
Georgetown University
HEC Paris
College of Europe
The University of Tokyo
European Court of Justice
World Economic Forum
Influenced Cass Sunstein, Pierre Rosanvallon

Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy in Europe, he initiated several civic ventures, such eLabEurope the EU Public Interest Clinic, aimed at training the first generation of public interest lawyers in Europe, and The Good Lobby, a civic start up committed to democratize lobbying by popularizing the various channels of advocacy existing at the national and transnational level, non-profits and civic groups in need of pro bono advice. An award-winner teacher, he committed to open the doors of his classrooms by becoming an early adopter of iTunes U, and Coursera, where he offers the first Massive open online course (MOOC) aimed at empowering citizens within the European Union.

Alberto Alemanno was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015[3] and one of the European Union's 40 brightest minds by the European Young Leaders programme "40 under 40" run by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe.



Originally from Italy, Alberto 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 careerEdit

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, where he teaches European Union Law, EU Affairs and Advocacy, as well as Global Risk Regulation. He was Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center between 2011 and 2013,[4] where he taught Global Risk Regulation and became a scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health.[5] Alberto Alemanno is also Invited Professor at St. Gallen University, where he leads the Public Affairs, Advocacy and Law module at the MBL Executive Programme, the College of Europe, where he developed the EU Participatory Democracy Workshop, and at the University of Tokyo, School of Public Policy.

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.[6]

Alberto Alemanno is Coursera instructor where he teaches "Understanding Europe – Why it Matters and What it Can Offer you", a MOOC that taught to more than 200,000 participants how to engage with the EU.[7]

Alberto Alemanno advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation 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.

Thanks to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he regularly provides advice to a variety of NGOs, such as Transparency International, Wikimedia, and BEUC, as well as governments across the world, and international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation 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.

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the leading journal at the interface of global law, science and public policy, published by Cambridge University Press. He also acts as a regular reviewer for journals and university publishers, such as OUP and CUP monographs series.


Alberto Alemanno’s research has been centered on how the law – in particular EU law – may be used to improve people’s lives. His scholarships, which paved the way to the creation of the field of risk regulation, shows that not only doctors and medicines save lives, but law may too.

He has written extensively about the role of - and need for – evidence and public input in domestic and supranational policymaking. He has explored, in particular, the use of scientific evidence and behavioural research - as drawn from psychology, cognitive sciences and economics - in regulatory decision-making and in the judicial review of science-based measures by courts. He contributed to the emerging field of EU health law and policy by focusing, in particular, on the role that law may play in countering the scourge of non-communicable diseases, largely preventable diseases caused by smoking, harmful consumption of alcohol, unhealthy diets and lack of physical exercise.[8]

He has developed the theory of citizen lobbying to rethink representative democracy in the national and transnational space. His most recent work has focused on democratizing decision-making through the opening up of new avenues of citizen participation within the public policy space and beyond.[9]

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.


Alberto Alemanno has been involved in dozens of campaigns and strategic legal actions in the EU transnational space.

In Spring 2018, he challenged the EU approach to counter fake news by lodging a complaint before the EU Ombudsman arguing that the EU Disinformation Review violates the freedom of expression and right of defense. 

With Frank Biancheri, he has been advocating for the creation of transnational lists[10] since the early 2000. In 2018, on the eve of the European Parliament vote, he was one of the initiators of the campaign Real Representation as Europeans with

Alberto Alemanno campaigned and drafted the first EU directive aimed at protecting whistleblowers in the European Union. His text was used by the EU Commission in 2018 when putting foreword its proposal.[11]

He successfully campaigned for plain tobacco packaging of products by training dozens of ministerial officers and health advocates in France, UK, Ireland and Norway and providing legal assistance to the WHO.

He also 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.[12]

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) and provided advice to several others, including the StopGlyphosate campaign.

In 2015, Alberto Alemanno and his students published a report on "freedom of panorama" in Europe for the European Consumer Organisation, advocating prohibition of airline "no-show" clauses.He contributed to make the appointment of the judges of the European Court of Justice more transparent.[13]. 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 protectionfor Transparency International and conducted an investigative report on European Court reform.

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

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.

Public and political lifeEdit

Alberto Alemanno is a regular contributor to Le Monde,[14][15] Bloomberg,[16] Politico Europe,[17] Forbes, and Il Sole 24 Ore, and his scholarly and public interest work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times[18] as well Science and Nature. He contributes to scholarly blogs, including the Italian legal blog Diritti Comparati, which he co-founded.

In the Italian legislative elections of 2018, Alberto Alemanno was the lead candidate for the Senate for the Piu Europa party led by Emma Bonino.

Civic VenturesEdit

  • Alberto Alemanno established eLabEurope, which promotes civic engagement and participation in Europe through a mixture of academic research, advocacy and training.
  • He 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)
  • Alberto Alemanno created the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, which has more than 400 international alumni and was concerted into The Lobbying Summer Academy in 2018
  • He established TEN – The European Nudge Network in 2014. Its goal is to offer insight into the behaviour of organizations throughout Europe.
  • Alberto Alemanno founded The Good Lobby[20] , a civic start-up operating across Europe and committed to give voice to underrepresented public interests by bringing more citizens in the public policy process. It promotes skill-sharing and cooperation among citizens with different backgrounds, professions and attitudes to foster assertive citizenship. In the European Union, citizens have the right to participate in the formation of public policies, access to documents, propose legislation and prompt administrative inquires. Yet, European citizens are not always aware of these opportunities, thus they feel powerless and disillusioned. The Good Lobby's idea is that citizens, regardless of their social status or geographical location, should start lobbying for the public good. Therefore, The Good Lobby is also a social movement, which aims to turn citizens into citizen lobbyists.



  • "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 (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 européenne", 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 européenne, 4/04 (2004)
  • ‘‘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 européenne, 4/2001 (2001)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ HEC. "HEC Paris – ALEMANNO Alberto". HEC Paris. 
  2. ^ "Alberto Alemanno – Biography – NYU School of Law". 
  3. ^ "Young Global Leaders - Alberto Alemanno's profil". 
  4. ^ "Profile Alberto Alemanno – Georgetown Law". 
  5. ^ "O'Neill Institute". 
  6. ^ "A taste of policy". POLITICO. 
  7. ^ "Coursera – Free Online Courses From Top Universities". Coursera. 
  8. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (2016). The New Intellectual Property of Health Beyond Plain Packaging. Edward Elgar. 
  9. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (2017). Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society. Iconsbooks. 
  10. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (February 2018). "Why transnational lists matter for EU democracy". 
  11. ^ "Whistleblower Protection In the Public and Private sector in the European Union" (PDF). 
  12. ^ "Youth Forum takes battle against unpaid internships to court". 
  13. ^ "The EU Public Interest Clinic and Access Info Europe Present: A Complaint to the European Ombudsman Regarding Judicial Transparency". 
  14. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (January 2018). "Fake news : " L'initiative doit venir des géants du Web " En savoir plus sur". 
  15. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (September 2016). "" Les affaires Barroso et Kroes dévoilent l'absence de règles efficaces en matière de lobbying en Europe " En savoir plus sur". 
  16. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (March 2018). "Italy's Five Star Movement Should Think Long Term". 
  17. ^ Alemanno, Alberto (March 2018). "Will Italian populism save Europe?". 
  18. ^ "EU attack on pro-Kremlin 'fake news' takes a hit". April 2018. 

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