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Biography

I am a PhD researcher at the Law Department of the European University Institute of Florence. I was born on the 13th of August 1990 and I come from Apulia (Southern Italy, picture above).

Research

My research concerns the issues related to access to justice in environmental matters in EU law. My PhD project seeks to understand how the “concept” of access to environmental justice is conceived in international and EU law, and how this right is actually exercised under EU law before the EU judiciary. This means that my research also investigates means and tools used by environmental NGOs to overcome procedural and extra-procedural barriers preventing them from being granted proper access to justice.  

Other activities

Generally speaking, I am very interested in Public law (in particular in EU constitutional and environmental law). However, I am also very fascinated by the interactions between philosophy and law and the involvement of civil society in the decision-making process and the protection of public goods.  

I am one of the coordinators of the Environmental Law and Governance Working Group and the Engaged Academics Working Group, which tries to connect young academics with civil society. 

I am also member of the EUI Music Club, as my biggest passion is Music: I play the piano since I was 7 and the guitar since I was 21. My favourite kinds of music are jazz, blues and funk. 

Background

I graduated cum laude in Law (Bachelor’s/Master’s combined degree) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, where I finished my studies in 2015 with a thesis in EU law entitled “Environmental protection as a mandatory requirement in EU law” under the supervision of Professor Francesco Bestagno.

I also studied as Erasmus exchange student at the Université Sophia-Antipolis of Nice (France) for one year in 2012-2013. 

I received an LLM in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe of Bruges (Frédéric Chopin Promotion). Here I wrote my Master’s thesis in EU environmental law and policy under the supervision of Professor Nicola Notaro on the Italian “Xylella case”, concerning the plant pathogen which killed thousands of olive trees in my region. On the same topic, in 2017 I published a case note on the European Journal of Risk Regulation.

In 2016 I attended the Summer Academy in Global food law and policy, which takes place every year in Bilbao and is organized and directed by Professor Alberto Alemanno.

After my LLM in Bruges, I worked for one year in Brussels where I did two (paid) traineeships. The first one at the American law firm “Keller & Heckman“, specialized in environmental and food law; the second one as a Bluebook trainee at DG Environment of the European Commission, where I worked in Unit E2 dealing with environmental implementation and infringement procedures. 

I am a qualified lawyer and I also work as a pro bono expert for The Good Lobby, a civil society organization matching professionals working pro bono with NGOs seeking legal assistance.