Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor in European Union Law & Policy and one of the leading voices on the democratization of the European Union. His research has been centered on how the law may be used to improve people’s lives, in particular through the adoption of power-shifting reforms countering social, economic, and political inequalities within European societies and beyond. He has written extensively on risk regulation, public health, consumer rights, food policy as democratic innovation and participatory democracy.
Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2015 and Ashoka fellow in 2019.
In addition to his academic writings in law, and public policy, Alberto is a regular contributor to Le Monde, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Le Grand Continent and a frequent commentator on Euronews, France24, Al-Jazeera, and TV5Monde. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Science and Nature among others.
He’s the author of more than forty scientific articles and several academic books such as 'Nudge and the Law – A European Perspective' and the more accessible Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society', which provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national and international level.
Alberto is also permanent visiting professor at the University of Tokyo School of Public Policy, the College of Europe, in Bruges and a scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law as well as fellow at The Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation at Rutgers University.
Alberto has pioneered innovative forms of academic and civic engagement and activism in the EU transnational space via his civic start up The Good Lobby. Its mission is to equalize access to power by strengthening the advocacy capacity of civil society and making corporate political influence more accountable and sustainable. Alberto has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the adoption of plain-packaging of tobacco products, from the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive to a decade-old campaign for EU transnational lists and the recently launched ‘Voters without Borders’ asking for full political rights for EU citizens regardless of where they live across the continent.
Professor Alemanno has worked extensively with policymakers, funders, advocacy groups as well as progressive companies, in developing strategies and novel approaches to questions of democracy, political inequality, and corporate political behaviour. He regularly provides advice to international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organization, dozens of non-governmental organizations as well as states.
He sits on the board of several civil society organisations, such as European Alternatives, VoxEurop, Friends of Europe, Access Info Europe, as well as the citizens’ campaigning movement We Move, which operates transnationally.
Alberto qualified as an attorney-at-law in New York and clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union (2005-2009). He established and directed the EU Public Interest Law Clinic in collaboration with the New York University School of Law, where he has been Global Professor of Law (2014-2018).
He holds LL.M. from Harvard Law School and the College of Europe as well as a PhD in international economic law from Bocconi University. He is the founder as well as the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation (published by Cambridge University Press), member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Consumer Policy, and of that of the Revue du Droit de l 'European Union , and founder of the Lobbying Summer Academy (in its twelfth edition).
Alberto served as visiting professor at Georgetown University (2011-2014), the University of Amsterdam (2017), University of Tokyo (2014-2020), the LUISS University in Rome (2013) as well as at the University of St Gallen (2006-2016) and at the College of Europe in Bruges (2007-present).
Chapters in edited books
Chapters in edited books
Academic Responsibilities at HEC
- 2020- Department Head, Business Law and Taxation HEC Paris
- 2015- Department Head, Business Law and Taxation HEC Paris
- 2015- Professor, Business Law and Taxation HEC Paris
- 2009-2014 Associate Professor HEC Paris
- 2011- Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & Policy HEC Paris
- 2009- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris
External Academic Responsibilities
- 2015-2020 Visiting professor Collège d'Europe
- 2013-2018 Global Professor of Law NYU School of Law
- 2015-2015 Visiting Professor Université d'Amsterdam
- 2014- Visiting professor Tokyo University
- 2011-2013 Visiting Professor MGIMO University
- 2012-2012 Visiting Professor LUISS Guido Carli University
Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation
- Member of the RIEB group on international economic relations, the Hague
- Former elected member of the Executive Board of the Society for Risk Analysis , Europe. Former Chair of the Risk Policy Law Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis
- Member of the American Society of International Law
- Member of the American Bar Association Law (ABA)
- Member of the European Society of International Law (ESIL)
- Member of the Society of Risk Analysis
- Member of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) nomme par "United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)"
Awards & honors
- 2019 Ashoka Fellow
- 2018 Alumnus of the Year Bocconi
- 2018 Altiero Spinelli Award
- 2018 BMW Foundation Responsible Leader
- 2016 International Award Sciacca in the Law category
- 2015 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
- 2014 HEC Prize for Pedagogical Innovation
- 2014 Winner of the HEC Foundation Award for Teaching Innovation for the MOOC "Understanding Europe"
- 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award 2014, St Gallen University
- 2013 Prize of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) Award Competition, for the best IP article "An Analysis of Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products under EU Intellectual Property Law"
- 2012 Outstanding Teacher Award 2012, St Gallen University
- 2011 'Chauncey Starr Young Risk Analyst Award', American Society of Risk Analysis
- 2010 Nominee and finalist of L'Oreal Prize for Innovation in Teaching
- 2005 Best Paper Award in Risk Science Law by the Society for Risk Analysis
- 2001 Freshfield Prize for the Best Italian Business Law student ; European finalist