The Scientific Committee
Gianmaria Ajani, Rector of the University of Turin. His main field of research deals with the impact of legal reforms on economic performance, particularly in the field of contract law. Since 2004 he is Speaker for the Academic Network called ACQUIS Group, whose aim is to develop common "Principles of the Existing EC Private Law". Professor Ajani has advised several international institutions, such as the IMF, the EU Commission, UNDP, the ILO, on different aspects of legal reforms in Transition Countries, with particular reference to commercial laws, and to the codification of private law. From 1998 to 2006 he has acted for the German Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ), as Expert to the Ministry of Commerce and to the Financial and Economic Committee of the National People´s Congress of PR of China. He has taught as Visiting Professor at the University of California,Berkeley, at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), at the University of Wuhan (PRC), and at the University of Hanoi (Vietnam) Previously, he has practiced law with the international firm Allen&Overy.
Luca Castellani is a legal officer at the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre (UNCITRAL), where he discharges the functions of secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) and promotes the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of goods and electronic commerce. He has worked with the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Addis Ababa, and, more recently, has been the first head of the UNCITRAL Regional Center for Asia and the Pacific, located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He published in the fields of international trade law and comparative law, dealing, in particular, with sale of goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries.
Mario Comba is full professor of public comparative law with the Law Department of the University of Turin (Italy). He is President of the school of international studies of the Political Sciences Department and Director of the Master GOMAP (gouvernance et management des marches publics an appui au développement durable) jointly managed by the University of Turin, the Science Politiques School of Paris and ITC-ILO Turin. He is member of both the research networks Public Contracts in Legal Globalization / Contrats Publics dans la Globalisation Juridique and PLAN – Procurement Law Academic Network. He is responsible for Turin unit of the national research project, funded by the Ministry of education, about Jurisdiction and Pluralisms.
Roberto Caranta, Professor of Administrative Law and Economic Law at the University of Torino. He is member of the Procurement Review Board of the European Space Agency. He is directing (with Steen Treumer) the European Procurement Law Series, DJØF, Copenhagen. He is member of both the research networks Public Contracts in Legal Globalization / Contrats Publics dans la Globalisation Juridique and PLAN – Procurement Law Academic Network.
Blerina Pogace holds a degree in Law from Turin University and a PhD in international comparative law and integration at Naples University. Before joining the ITC-ILO she has worked as a consultant for both the public and the private sector on administrative and European law concerning public contracts, state aid, the environment and renewable energy. Since 2006, Ms Pogace has been part of the Scientific Committee of the Master’s in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development as a trainer and tutor concerning legal aspects. As a Junior Programme Officer of ITC-ILO Sustainable Development and Governance Programme, Ms. Pogace works also in the field of social, economic and environmental considerations in public procurement.
Alberto Oddenino, University of Turin
Having obtained the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) in the round 2012-2013, Cristina has been appointed, on 3 June 2015, Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the Department of Law of the University of Turin. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law of the Department of Law, the Institute of European Studies (IUSE), and the Centre for Gender Studies. She is interested in all aspects of fundamental Comparative Law, with a particular interests in methodological issues, Comparative Contract Law, Comparative Law & Development, Global Competition Law and Consumer Protection.
Cristina is the co-director and a member of the Scientific Committee of the LLM International Trade Law (ITC-ILO, Uncitral, University of Turin), and the PhD. Law, Individual and the Market of the University of Turin.
Between December 2011 and June 2015 Cristina has been a Lecturer in Comparative and European Private Law at the Department of Law of the University of Turin. In 2013 Cristina has been appointed Van Calker Fellow at the Institute of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. In her career Cristina has been awarded a ‘Lagrange Fellowship’ about Comparative Law and the Challenge of Complex Systems, a ‘Max Weber Post-doctoral Fellowship’ at the Department of Law of the European University Institute, and a two-year ‘IEF-Marie Curie Fellowship’ supported by the EU Commission at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).
Cristina hold a JD in European Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Turin (Italy, EU), with a grade of 110/110 magna cum laude and honourable mention, with a dissertation about The US Essential Facility Doctrine and European Competition Law (1997) and a PhD. in Comparative Law (2005) from the Faculty of Law, University of Florence, with a dissertation about The Models of Protection of Collective Rights in Comparative Law. Before joining the University of Turin, Cristina was admitted to the Italian Bar Association, selected by the British Council European Young Lawyers Scheme, and practiced as associate lawyer for the international law firm Allen & Overy. She has also be a trainee at the Legal Office of the Italian Competition Authority, in Rome.
Cristina has published a monograph in 2010 from her PhD. dissertation and a number of scientific articles in international and european edited books and law journals.
She is also involved in some International and European research projects. Recent projects focus on thefollowing topics: ‘The Making of a New European Legal Culture’, the ‘Drafting of multilingual legal documents in International Organization and in public administrations’ (EU Commission), and ‘European Collective Redress’ (BIICL). She has also acted as international legal expert on donor-funded projects about Legal Reform managed by the European Commission, EU delegations and ILO (UN). Recently, She has taken part into the project ‘Support to the drafting of the Civil Law of Kosovo and Property Rights’. She speaks Italian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (good working knowledge).
Lorenza Mola is Researcher in International Law and teaching professor of EU Law at the University of Turin. She holds a PhD in International Economic Law from "Bocconi" University (I) and a D.E.S. en Politiques européennes from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She worked at the Italian Mission to International Organizations in Geneva, at the European Commission and for the Italian Development Cooperation in Vietnam. Her main research interests are in international investments, economic and social rights, and the EU external relations. She is a member of the Business & Law Group of the Law Schools Global League and of the Italian Branch of the International Law Association.
Franz Werro teaches and researches in different fields of private law, including the law of obligations, European Private Law and Comparative Law at the University of Fribourg and the Georgetown University Law Center. He has been a visiting professor at the Cornell Law School (Ithaca, NY), the Universita degli Studi di Trieste, the Scuola Superiore Santa Anna (Pisa), and at the universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Pau and Bordeaux. He has also been teaching for a number of years with the Tulane Summer law program in Paris. In 2009, he was a lecturer at the International University College of Torino and at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. During the academic year 2009/2010, he was the academic co-director of the Center for Transnational Leagal Studies, in London. Professor Werro acts as an arbitrator and as a consultant in international commercial disputes. He is on the governing board of a number of Swiss and European Journals and is involved in different projects of continuing legal education in Switzerland. Since 2014, he took the scientific direction of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He has recently published a treatise on Swiss tort law, a number of essays on the impact of EC law on national private law, and a monograph (with Professor Vernon Palmer) on European Tort Law, which focuses on strict liability and is part of the Common Core project in Torino.
Elena Gilardi is an in-house lawyer specialized in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance matters. She has a previous six years of experience as external law consultant working for major international law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Rome); R&P Legal (Turin) and Bonelli Erede e Pappalardo (Milan).She graduated in law from the University of Turin in 2006 and participated in the post-graduate course in International Trade Laws organized by the University Institute of European Studies and the International Training Centre (ILO) in Turin, Italy. Elena tutored the 2007 edition of the International Trade Laws and was in charge of designing and managing the Distance Learning module when the said evolved into the current LL.M. She is now a lecturer of the master. She is also research fellow of the University Institute of European Studies writing articles and essays in corporate and commercial law and organizing with them career day and formation events for young and talented students.
Silvia Ferreri is full professor of Comparative Law at Turin University (Italy) and member of the scientific board of the European network REI (Rete di eccellenza dell’italiano istituzionale). She is also a member of the Italian hub of the ELI( European Law Institute), and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She has been a visiting professor at Louisiana State University, at the CTLS (Centre for transnational legal studies) in London. She has been general reporter to the Congress of the International Academy of Comparative law in Washington and national reporter in several congresses, in Italy and abroad (Bruges, Utrecht, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, UNIDROIT, and so on)
She has published over 100 articles and three books; she has also co-authored a book on the contract of sale.
Deputy Director of the ITCILO and Director of the Turin School of Development, Giuseppe Casale graduated from the University of Florence as a comparative labour lawyer. In 1985, he was awarded a Master in International Law and Economics by the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies Washington D.C. He also holds a Ph.D., C.Phil. and M.A. in History of Law, Industrial and Employment Relations from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Before joining the International Labour Organization, Mr Casale lectured in comparative labour law and industrial relations at the University of Florence and at the University of Bari, and in international labour law at the University of Gorizia. He was a research fellow in international law at the Johns Hopkins University and teaching-fellow in the history of ideas, history of law, industrial and labour relations at UCLA.
Mr Casale joined the ILO in 1988 as a Labour Law and Labour Relations Specialist. In 1995, he was appointed Senior Specialist in Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the ILO Office in Budapest. He returned to Geneva in 2002 as Deputy Director of the Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration Department. He was appointed Director of the Labour Administration and Inspection Programme in 2009.
In June 2014, he was appointed Senior Adviser to the Director of the Centre.
He is a member of several European and international research and scientific committees. He was the Secretary-General of the International Association of Industrial Relations (IIRA, now ILERA) and is now Secretary-General of the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law based in Geneva. He is the author of several books and articles on comparative and international labour law, industrial and employment relations.
In 2015, he became Director of the Turin School of Development.
Samuel Asfaha is a Programme Officer at the International Training Centre of the ILO where he is in charge of training activities related to the Labour Market Statistics and Analysis training portfolio of the Employment Policy and Analysis Programme.
Samuel Asfaha joined the Centre in 2008. Prior to that, he worked for four years in Geneva as a researcher and policy advisor to trade negotiators from developing countries. His areas of expertise and research interests include development macroeconomics, labour economics, international trade economics, WTO law.
He has provided consultancy services to various national, regional and international institutions, including the African Development Bank, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies of South Africa (TIPS). He is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa and holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, as well as a Master’s in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Berne (Switzerland).
Asfaha’s recent publications and on-going research works include Explaining jobless growth in Africa (co-authored) forthcoming; A handbook for assessing and addressing the effects of trade on employment (co-authored) forthcoming; and Economic policies in mineral rich countries (book chapter), National revenue funds: Their efficacy for fiscal stability and intergenerational equity and South-South cooperation for industrial development (co-authored).