My research concerns the issues related to access to justice in environmental matters in EU law. My PhD project seeks to explore NGOs’ legal strategies aiming to broaden legal standing for private applicants in actions for annulment before the EU Court of Justice. Since decades, the EU judiciary does not allow civil society organisations to bring cases directly under Article 263(4) TFEU. However, NGOs have not lost their hopes and are strongly pursuing a passionate legal fight with the EU institutions to try to convince them that the time is now ripe for opening access to the EU courts. My research explores this legal fight by investigating the side of the NGOs, their mobilisation strategies, their arguments, their political goals and the way they constructed their cases.
Generally speaking, I am very fascinated by social movements and mobilization studies. The years in Florence allowed me to deepen my “non-legal” side and helped me mix up my strong interest in Public law (in particular in EU constitutional and environmental law) with more sociological approaches to social sciences. 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 also a member of the EUI Music Club, as one of my biggest passions 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. During my PhD I also (re)started to write my own songs for piano and voice, some of them have also been released on the main digital platforms (you can listen to them here if you want). In my songs I try to give voice to my non-academic (and more creative) side and describe the uncertain life of a millenial, divided between precarious jobs and precarious loves.
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.