Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Global Enforcement of Human Rights: The Unintended Consequences of Transnational Litigation.

A paper on human rights, transnational litigation, and ethics is published in the December 2006 issue of the International Journal of Human Rights. The paper is available here.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Law and lawyers in the time of globalization

I wrote a reply to a short piece written by Alberto Musy, an Italian law professor, on the Anglo-American lawyers dominate the market for legal services and the production of transnational rules.

I argue that the causes of the Anglo-American oligopoly ought not to be identified with the success of Anglo-American law firms but in the ways in which globalization has taken place and in fact that the North-American economic and political (and not the European) model has shaped globalization.

My piece is available both in Italian and in English.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Change of affiliation

I moved from the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University (UK) to the Department of History and Social Sciences at Bryant University (USA).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The inter-generational conflict in Italy

My latest writing for La Goccia has been posted. The issue is devoted to the inter-generational conflict in Italy. In Italy, young people often complain that society is not giving them enough opportunities, and that the primary reason lies with the desire of older generations to hold on to their positions without leaving much space left to newcomers. If that's true, what is the cause of that?

Answering this question certainly requires much more than a few lines in a blog. However, my argument is that younger generations are to be blamed to some extent because of their lack of reaction to a suffocating reality. The argument is based on the following claims:
- Italians (and my experience tells that this is true for other nations in Europe) have an utterly resistant need for paternalism (within and beyond the family);
- The inter-generational dialogue is insufficient and perhaps non-existent;
- Younger generations have more often resisted rather than reacted to paternalism and lack of dialogue;

For the actual situation to get better, my recipe combines the willingness to, on one hand, react and perhaps engage in a more confrontational attitude and, on the other hand, live up to the duties and responsibility that age brings along.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Review of Ira H. Carmen's Politics in the laboratory

My book review of Ira H. Carmen's “Politics in the laboratory: the constitution of human genomics" has been published in Science and Public Policy, Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 161-162 (pdf)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Accountability, Please

Basta! Parlamento pulito

I wrote a short piece on ethics and the decline of Italy. After describing a series of 'unethical' events in Italian public life, I argue that the emerging theme that is common to all those instances is that in Italy individual accountability is not practiced. I then propose to draft and debate a bill that mandates that the institutional profiles that are available from public institutions’ websites list all criminal convictions of all public officials who work there (members of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches). In that way, citizens will enjoy a better information basis to judge public officials.

My piece is available both in Italian and in English.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Change of affiliation

I moved from Geneva to the UK, where I am a lecturer at the Centre for Professional Ethics (PEAK) at Keele University. I am still collaborating with the World Health Organization.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Compensation of the Victims of the Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease in the United Kingdom

My paper on the compensation of the victims of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease has been published in Medical Law International, Vol. 7, pp. 149-167, 2005.


Establishing no-fault compensatory schemes is problematic from both a political and legal point of view. In this essay, I analyse the process that led to the compensation of the victims of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease and its variant. The paper shows that, although the diseases present many similarities, the two processes took very different paths because of the different, political environments in which they took place. Moreover, several possible lessons can be drawn from the compensation of CJD victims, which can potentially affect the establishment of future no-fault schemes in the United Kingdom.