Alberto is the founder and CEO of eLabEurope
, a civic start up committed to promote civic engagement by experimenting new forms of participatory democracy and nonprofit advocacy in the public interest in Europe and beyond. Through an unconventional mixing and matching of academic research and consultancy in the public interest, eLabEurope engages in policy research and advocacy. By blending advances in technology and collaborative approaches, it aims at re-inventing existing institutions and processes of governance to improve peoples life. eLabEurope encompasses three major initiatives aimed at educating (MOOC
available on Coursera: Understanding Europe
), experimenting (HEC-NYU EU Regulatory Policy Clinic
) and empowering Europe.
During the last decade, Alemanno’s research has been centred on the role of - and need for - evidence in policymaking. In particular, he has been focusing on and promoting the study of the emerging law and policy of risk regulation in both the EU and the WTO legal orders. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between the regulatory competence of states in furtherance of domestic policies of general interest and concern, such as public health and food safety, and the preservation of a liberal international trade framework. He explores, 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. At present, he is working on the legal implications and potential contribution of behavioural research in policymaking. He has recently explored the role of law in regulating lifestyle choices by integrating the insights of behavioural research in areas such as alcohol, tobacco and nutrition. He co-edited a volume titled 'Regulating Lifestyle Risks - Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets'
(Cambridge University Press, 2014 - with Amandine Garde
) and an another provisionally titled "Nudge and the Law - What EU Law can learn from Behavioral Sciences?" (Hart Publishing, 2015) with Anne-Lise Sibony
. He is also working on a textbook devoted to the EU law of risk regulation (Hart Publishing, forthcoming).
Alberto has published Trade in Food - Regulatory and Judicial Approaches in the EC and the WTO
(Cameron May, 2007), a monograph devoted to the evolving and emotive area of food and trade law. He has edited several volumes, among which Governing Disasters - The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation
(Edward Elgar, 2011), Better Business Regulation in a Risk Society
(Springer, 2013), Foundations of EU Food Law & Policy - Ten Years of the European Food Safety Authority
(Ashgate, 2014). He has also published extensively in academic journals such as the Harvard International Law Journal, the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of European Law, the European Law Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the European Journal of Consumer Law, European Public Law and the Revue du Droit de l’Union européenne
. He has contributed to several edited volumes
. His work has also appeared in several national and international media, such as the Huffington Post
, Le Monde
, Sueddeutche Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
, Le Point
, Les Echos
, Il Sole 24 Ore
, via the publication of Op-Eds and interviews.
Alberto is a regular speaker at international conferences and has also taught at Georgetown University Law Center
, Harvard School of Public Health
, Michigan State University
, University of Tokyo, Amsterdam Free University, Bocconi University, Tsinghua Law School, Duke Law School, Chuo University, the Academy of European Law (ERA), Liège Law School, the European Institute of Public Admnistration (EIPA), EDHEC Business School, Lyon Jean Moulin III Law School, MGIMO and Moscow State University, Lyon Catholic University, Fribourg Law School, Scuola Superiore del Sant'Anna (Pisa), Collegio Ghislieri (Pavia), Collegio Europeo di Parma, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Pekin Law School and Macau Law School.