Alberto is a legal scholar, public interest lawyer, civic advocate and - due to his desire to popularize and enhance the impact his research - an academic entrepreneur. He is currently Jean Monnet Professor of Law at at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor at NYU School of Law where he is the Faculty Director of the EU Public Interest Clinic.
Following his selection among the 2015 Young Global Leaders, Alberto joined the World Economic Forum community of global voices. At HEC Paris, he teaches the Law of the European Union (available on Coursera and iTunes U), EU Affairs and Advocacy as well as Global Risk Regulation (available on iTunes U) at both undergraduate and master level (MBA) as well as in executive education programmes all over the world. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches Global Risk Regulation and is fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Originally from Italy, 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
Prior to join the HEC faculty, he clerked for Judge Allan Rosas and Judge Alexander Arabadjiev at the Court of Justice of the European Union and for Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the former Italian Minister for European Affairs, at the European General Court. He previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges. Alberto is also a qualified attorney at law in New York since 2004.
Alberto is the founder 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 EU institutions and processes of governance to improve citizen life. eLabEurope encompasses three major initiatives aimed at educating (MOOC available on Coursera: Understanding Europe), experimenting (the EU Public Interest Clinic) and empowering Europe (TheGoodLobby).
During the last decade, Alemanno’s research has been centred on the role of - and need for - evidence and public input into 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, consumer interests 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 just co-edited "Nudge and the Law - A European Perspective " (Hart Publishing, 2015) with Anne-Lise Sibony. 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, 2015 - with Amandine Garde). 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 Journal of International Economic 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 The Economist, the Financial Times, Le Monde, and he regularly contributes to the Huffington Post, EuropeanVoice, Le Monde, Sueddeutche Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Point, FranceSoir, Les Echos, Il Sole 24 Ore, via the publication of Op-Eds and interviews.
Alberto is the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, ranked among the top 5 EU and Administrative law journals, and he is a member of the editorial boards of the Revue du Droit de l’Union européenne, the Journal of Consumer Policy and founder and editor of the SSRN eJournal: Risk, Regulation & Policy and SSRN eJournal Food Law & Policy. He acts as a reviewer on an ad hoc basis for several international publishers, such as Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press as well as peer-reviewed journals, such as Regulation & Governance and the Journal of Common Market Studies. Alberto is the founder and scientific director of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, an established training and forum opportunity for international food leaders coming from academia, industry and government.
Alemanno regularly provides advice to a variety of public and civil society organizations, such as Transparency International, AccesInfo Europe, Wikipedia, BEUC on various aspects of European Union law, WTO law and risk regulation. Among other organizations, he has advised on projects involving the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations International Trade Centre (Intracen), the European Commission (DG TRADE - DG SANCO - DG JUST - DG Enlargement - TAIEX), the European Parliament, the European Food Safety Authority, the European Court of Auditors and the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA). He is a member of Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He serves in the Transparency Board of Friends of Europe and in the board of Access Info Europe.
He is also one of the founders of the first Italian blog devoted to the law of the European Union, diritticomparati.it, and a guest blogger at Verfassungsblog, RegBlog at Penn School of Law, European Law Blog, EUtopia Law and ParisTech Review.
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 (VU), University of Amsterdam, 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.
Alberto received the Chauncey Starr Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) in 2011 for outstanding achievement by a young risk analyst in science and public policy who shows exceptional promise for continued contributions to risk analysis. He was one of the finalists of the HEC Teaching Innovation Award in 2009 and won it in 2014 for his MOOC Understanding Europe. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by the University of St Gallen MBL Programme in 2013 and 2014. He has also received the ECTA Award for the Best Paper in Trademark Law in 2013 (plain packaging in EU law) with Enrico Bonadio.
He has been selected among the 2014 European Young Leaders by the program 40under40 run by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe and among the 2014 European Young Innovators by Microsoft. Alberto is also an alumnus of the Young Leaders Program of the Council for the United States and Italy.
SSRN World Top Law Authors: ranked 19 / 3000 (August 2015)
Google Scholars: H-Index 9, Publications 43, Total citations: 661