2018/2019 Keynote Lectures

The following keynote lectures were hosted by the Department of Law of the University of Siena in the 2019-2020 academic year, as part of the EULawSD Jean Monnet Module. All lectures of the EULawSD Module were open to students and the public..

7 May 2019, 1pm-4pm CEST

Prof. Arie Reich, “The External Impact of the EU Court of Justice”


Professor Arie Reich is the former Dean and current professor of the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University, and a Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law & Institutions. He specializes in International Economic Law and EU Law and has authored over 50 academic books and articles on topics ranging from International Trade Law, Public Procurement Law, European Union Law, Competition Law and Torts. Among them are his books: International Public Procurement Law: The Evolution of International Regimes on Public Purchasing (Kluwer, 1999); and The World Trade Organization and Israel: Law, Economics and Politics (Bar Ilan University Press, 2006). He is a Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators, has served as the President of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, and he is a member of the Executive of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law and a National Correspondent for Israel to the UNCITRAL. He has served as the Chairman of Israel’s Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Tribunal, and as a Member of five different World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels in trade disputes between the US, EU, China and Russia.

He has served as Visiting Professor in UCLA, Georgetown University, University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Luxembourg and Monash University, and been a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

7 December 2018, 11am-13pm CET

Prof. Giuseppe Cataldi, “Exclusive Fishing Zones and Ecological Protection Zones in the Mediterranean Sea Between European Union Law and National Claims”


Prof. Giuseppe Cataldi teaches International Law at the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” where he holds a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair on the “Protection of Human Rights in the European Union” and directs The Jean Monnet Centre on “The Protection of Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean”. He serves as President of the Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer and has advised European Union Institutions as well as the Italian Government on issues concerning the Law of the Sea. He is the consultant of the Italian Association of NATO Civil Servants and has filed appeals to the European Court of Human Rights and the NATO Administrative Tribunal. He has been Visiting Professor at the University Paris Sorbonne de Paris and has given Courses and Conferences abroad at the Universities and Centers: Shanghai, Beijing, Hague Academy of International Law, International Criminal Court, Baku, Tunis.

He is the leader of the Working Group III of COST-MARSAFENET EU Network and Member of FREE (Fundamental Rights European Experts). He has published books and more than 100 articles in academic journals, principaly in the field of International Human Rights law, Law of the Sea, Relationship between Domestic Order and International Law. He is the cofounder and co-director of “Diritti umani e Diritto internazionale” and a member of the Board of Editors of the “Italian Yearbook of International Law”.

22 November 2018, 11am-13pm CET

Prof. Laura Pineschi, “International Environmental Law and the European Union”


Born in Turin, with a degree in Political Sciences and a title of Doctor of Research in International Law, Laura Pineschi is Professor of International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Parma since 2001. She has served as Dean of the Faculty (2009-2012), President of the Unified Degree Course in Political Sciences (2013-2016), and since 2016 President of the Center for Studies in European and International Affairs of the University of Parma. She is also the President of the Second Level’s Master Degree in Health, Environment and Food: European Law and Risk Regulation, and Director of Summer Seminars in Public International Law, Hague Academy of International Law in 2015.

Prof. Pineschi’s research activity has been primarily focused on the following issues of Public International Law: environmental protection (in particular, Antarctic environment, environmental impact assessment, human activities and harmful substances for the environment), the United Nations system (and, above all, peace-keeping operations) and human rights protection (with particular reference to the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Expressions).

19 November 2018, 16am-18pm CET

Prof. Jorge E. Viñuales, “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”


Professor Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, the Director-General of the Latin American Society of International Law, and an Of Counsel with Lalive. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where he keeps a limited affiliation as Adjunct Professor of Public International Law.

Jorge has wide experience as a practitioner, both in an advisory and a litigation context. In addition to his work for the UNECE/WHO, he has served as arbitrator, counsel, expert and, earlier in his career, as secretary of arbitration tribunals in inter-State, investment and commercial disputes. He regularly advises governments, companies, international organisations or major NGOs on different matters of environmental law, investment law, human rights, maritime delimitation and public international law at large.

24 October 2018, 10am-12pm CEST

Prof. Julian Eduardo Prada Uribe, “Medio Ambiente y Derechos Humanos en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos”


Prof Julian Eduardo Prada Uribe is a full time associate professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) since January 2010. He has been the academic coordinator of the Law School of the UNAB from 2013 to 2017 and previously worked as legal counsel in Bucaramanga for a number of years.

His lecture, which focused on the interplay between human rights and the environment at a time of critical developments within the Inter-american System of human rights, took place in the Aula Vitale of the University of Siena’s Plesso San Francesco (Piazza San Francesco 7, 53100 Siena, Italy). It was co-organized with the Jean Monnet Module on The Europeanization of Constitutional Law, coordinated by Prof Tania Groppi.