Academic Staff

Riccardo Pavoni

Riccardo is a Professor of International and EU Law at the University of Siena (since 2005). He has been teaching EU Law and International Law for more than fifteen years, both at his home institution and at various national and international educational institutions. A key highlight of his ongoing teaching activities is his recruitment by the University of Milan as a lecturer for the LL.M on Sustainable Development organized by that institution. 

A key area of Riccardo’s research activities is international and EU environmental law, with a focus on its interconnections with other fields, such as economic law and human rights. He has published widely about these topics with leading international journals and publishers. He has coordinated a number of European and national research projects (e.g. “International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC)”, COST ISCH IS0602).

Within the EULawSD Module, he acted as academic coordinator and was the core lecturer of the Module.


 Dario Piselli

Dario is an an affiliated researcher at the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an independent sustainability consultant. A graduate of the Graduate Institute of Geneva (PhD in International Law), the University of Siena (JD, cum laude) and the London School of Economics (MSc in Environment and Development), his main areas of expertise are international environmental law, climate change, trade law, and sustainable development. 

Upon his graduation at the University of Siena in 2015, he was named a cultore della materia in Public International Law and EU Law and has since published extensively on international law and sustainable development. Since 2012, he has collaborated with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, gaining significant knowledge of international policy issues and and experience of the negotiations on both the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. From 2016 to 2018, he was also a Research Officer for the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Dario acted as a key teaching staff member and managed the overall activities of the EULawSD Module.

email: dario.piselli@unisi.ittwitter: @dariopiselli

Federico Lenzerini

Federico Lenzerini is Ph.D., International Law, and Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Department of Law of the University of Siena. He is also professor at the LL.M. of Intercultural Human Rights of the St. Thomas University School of Law of Miami. He is Consultant to UNESCO and Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Federico has also been member  of  the  Scientific  Committee  of  the  Wroclaw  Commentaries on Culture and Human Rights, patronized, among others, by the European Union Initiative of “European Capitals of Culture” and the Council of Europe. He has been visiting professor in several foreign universities and provided over 120 lectures in more than 20 different countries.

Federico actsed as key teaching staff member of the EULawSD Module.


 Alessandro Palmieri

Alessandro is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law at the Department of Law of the University of Siena (since 2005). Having graduated from the University of Bari (J.D., cum laude), he was admitted to the Italian Bar. He then continued his studies and obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Private Law at the University of Trento (2001). In 2013, he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor of Private Law. 

In 2009 and in 2012, Alessandro was visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; in 2013, was visiting professor and guest lecturer at the Tallinn Law School. He gave seminars at various universities and other institutions. He is the author of more than 250 scientific publications, including 3 books, several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Alessandro acted as key teaching staff member of the EULawSD Module.


Sonia Carmignani

Sonia is Full Professor of Agricultural Law at the Department of Law of the University of Siena, where she teaches courses on Food Law, Agri-environmental Law and Agrarian Law, and has served since 2010 as a Delegate of the Rector to Academic Affairs at the University of Siena. In addition, Sonia is a component of the Teaching Commission of the Italian Conference of University Rectors.

She has been the scientific supervisor for a number of international and national research projects, including ‘Agricultural policy and regional competences’ (PRIN 2005) and ‘Agriculture in the system of production of safe assets: food and energy’ (PRIN 2008). Sonia is a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Agricultural and environmental law and jurisprudence’, the ‘Agrarian Law Journal’ and the ‘Agribusiness Law Journal’. She is an associate of the Institute of International and Comparative Agrarian Law (IDAIC).

Sonia acted as key teaching staff member of the EULawSD Module.