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New York: Alberto Alemanno receives the Chauncey Starr Award

6 December 2011

Since his graduate studies at Harvard Law School, Professor Alemanno has centred his research on the regulation of health, safety and environmental risks by focusing on the European Union and the World Trade Organization. His newest area of research concerns the regulation of lifestyle risks, such as tobacco use, harmful consumption of alcohol as well as unhealthy diets, and the broader intellectual debate on the role of public authorities in shaping consumer preferences and life-style choices. 

 “I am very honored to be the recipient of the 2011 Chauncey Starr. The attribution of this award confirms the strength of HEC Paris’ choice to invest in emerging and cutting-edge research areas, such as risk regulation, that do not typically fit in with mainstream business schools’ curricula. I believe that a better understanding of the role played by business and government in shaping global risk regulating is crucial in today's economically-challenged and geopolitically-changing world”. 

In October this year, Professor Alemanno was also awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law and Risk Regulation from the European Commission. This award, which is recognized as a sign of excellence in the academic community, will help to place HEC Paris on the map of EU and Regulation studies. 

Professor Alemanno recently edited “Governing Disasters - The Challenges of Emergency Risk Regulation (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011)” a comprehensive volume that diagnoses the complex combinations of natural disasters and flawed institutions that make these crises so difficult to manage. By offering a set of insights and remedies, it makes an important and much needed contribution to an increasingly important dimension of risk assessment and management, namely emergency risk regulation. Drawing upon the responses of government, businesses, and the public to the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland – which disrupted European air travel – it offers important lessons for policy-makers who are likely to confront similar unanticipated global risks. 

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Alberto Alemanno is an associate professor of law at HEC Paris. His research and teaching activities focus on EU Law, International Economic Law, WTO Law & Policy, Risk Regulation as well as Regulatory Reform. He has published „Trade in Food - Regulatory and Judicial Approaches in the EC and the WTO. (Cameron, May 2007) , a book devoted to the evolving and 
Q-affiliated toemotive area of food and trade law, as well as several articles in academic journals such as the Harvard International Law Journal, the European Law Journal and the European Journal of Consumer Law. He holds LLM degrees from the College of Europe and Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, a member of the Editorial Board of the Revue du Droit de l'Union Européenne, the European Food and Feed Law Review, the Area Editor for Policy of Risk Analysis: an International Journal and is the founder of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy. 

About the SRA 

The SRA is an international organization that brings together experts in science, engineering, economics, psychology, law and policy to study the assessment, communication and management of risks to health, safety, environment, and security. The SRA recognizes annually the leading scholars, educators and practitioners in the field of risk analysis through awards such as the Chauncey Starr Award. For more information, please visit 

About HEC Paris 

A leader in Europe, HEC Paris specializes in management, education and research. HEC offers a complete and unique range of courses to the leaders of tomorrow: Masters Programs, MBA (full-time and part-time), PhD, Executive MBA (Paris, St Petersburg, Beijing, Shanghai and Doha) and TRIUM Global Executive MBA (New York, Paris and London). 
Founded in 1881, HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 115 professors, 4000 students on its campus (40% of whom are international) and over 8500 managers and executives trained in executive education programs each year. HEC Paris has been ranked #1 Business School in Europe by the Financial Times since 2006. 
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