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Fabrizio Marrella

Fabrizio Marrella
Adjunct Professor


Dean at EIUC (European inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation,

Univ. Professor of International Law, International Business Law, European Union Law

Delivered a course at The Hague Academy of International Law in August 2013 on "International protection of Human Rights and liabilities of transnational companies" 


01/11/2005 - present
Professor of International Law, International Business Law and EU Law. (Also taught International Investment Law and Maritime Law)
Academic research and teaching at national, European and international level
Università "Cà Foscari" Venezia

01/08/2008 - 31/07/2011
E.MA Programme Director
Scientific coordination (and teaching) at the EU level of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (41 Universities involved from EU)
EIUC (European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation, )

01/08/2011 - present
Special Counsel
Practice with Prof. Giorgio Bernini (former Minister of Foreign Trade and Honorary President of ICCA), in International, Commercial and Arbitration Law

01/07/2007 - 30/08/2008
Vice Director Harvard University- Cà Foscari Summer School
Coordination of the programme. Taught Introduction to International Business Law to student from Harvard and Cà Foscari.
Harvard- Cà Foscari Summer School

01/10/2006 – 01/12/2006
Visiting Professor (Professeur invité) at Université de Strasbourg
Courses on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as in European Commercial Law
Université Robert Schuman Strasbourg – Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes

01/11/2002 – 30/10/2005
Tenured Researcher of International Law
Università "Cà Foscari" Venezia

01/11/1999 – 30/10/2002
Researcher in International Law, European Law and Private Law
Università "Cà Foscari" Venezia

01/10/1997 – 30/10/2002
Chargé de cours – Droit du commerce international
IHEAL – Institut des Hautes Etudes sur l'Amérique Latine – Universitè de Paris 3 La Sorbonne Nouvelle
rue Saint-Guillaume , 75007 Paris (France)

01/09/1995 – 30/07/1997
Lecteur at the Université Paris II Panthéon Assas
Research and consultation on Italian Commercial Law; assistant to the Directors of the Institut de Droit Comparé de Paris (Prof. Camille Jauffret Spinosi and Prof. Louis Vogel)
Université Panthéon Assas, Paris II, Institut de droit comparé de Paris

01/09/1993 - 30/08/1994
Occupation or position held
Junior Lawyer
Junior associate of Prof. Giorgio Bernini in his law firm and at the University of Bologna. Counsel in International Commercial Law and Arbitration Law
Studio Bernini Law firm (ass. Baker&McKenzie)

01/09/1995 - 12/12/1999
PhD in Law, Summa cum laude
International Law/International Economic Law (PH.D supervisor Prof. Dominique Carreau)
Universitè de Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne

01/09/1995 - 12/12/1999
PhD in Private Law (PH.D Supervisor Prof. Francesco Galgano)
Joint Doctorate programme (co-tutelle doctorale)
University of Bologna (Faculty of Law) 

Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law
The Hague Academy of International Law

01/11/1997 - 15/01/1998
Internship at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Intern of the Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration. Exposure to international contracts and arbitration.
International Court of Arbitration

02/11/1986 - 17/07/1992
Undergraduate Degree
Commercial Law
University of Bologna 

Other language

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish / Castilian

Organisational skills and competences

He has participated in many international symposia all over the world. As European Programme Director at EIUC (which he has contributed to establish in Venice) he has interacted on a constant basis with professors coming from 41 Universities, experts coming from Intergovernmental Organizations and Non Governmental Organizations as well as 90 students coming from all over Europe and the rest of the world. Prof. Marrella has given invited lectures at a range of Universities and professional organisations of the five continents including Europe [inter alia: University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris II Panthéon Assas, IHEAL – University of Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle; Paris Ouest Nanterre La Dèfense; Berlin, Coimbra, EUI-Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome (La Sapienza, LUISS and Rome III), Padua, Palermo, Lecce (ISUFI), Turin, Trento, Verona and Bologna; Sevilla; Strasbourg, Vienna, Vilnius (Lithuania)]; the U.S.A. (Columbia University, Harvard University and Vanderbilt University); China: China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing); Russia (including: Moscow University (PFUR), MGIMO, RGGU), as well as, in other countries: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico; UNIFOR and Universidade Federal do Parà (Brazil); Universidad de Buenos Aires, S. Martin (Argentina); Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law (Turkey); Tunis (Tunisia).
Has taught, in the USA, "The International Arbitral Process" to Vanderbilt Law School students for many years (30 hrs, 2 US academic Law school credits). (on request a letter from the Director of the programme can be provided). 

Listed among World Trade Law experts in the World Trade Law net website , as well as an international arbitrator at Resolve UK .

He is Member of the Scientific or Editorial Board of:

Contratto e impresa/Europa (Coordinator of the French editorial Board in Paris), Padova, CEDAM
Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law Review, (member of the Advisory Board(
Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, London
Contratto e Impresa. Dialoghi con la giurisprudenza civile e commercial, Padova, CEDAM
Transnational Dispute Management (untill 12/2008)
Rivista dell'arbitrato, Milan, Giuffré.
European Yearbook on Human Rights (Vienna-Berlin) (Member of the Scientific Advisory Board)

He is General Editor of "EIUC studies on Human Rights and Democratisation", Cambridge University Press and a member of the scientific board of "La ricerca del diritto nella Comunità internazionale", dir. by ATTILA TANZI e MAURIZIO ARCARI, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli.

In recognition of his achievements in the field, Prof. Marrella received from the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law the official invitation to deliver his course in the 2013 session of Private International Law of the Academy. His conferences will be published in the Collected courses of The Hague Academy of International Law in 2014. 


Main Books and Texbooks

Droit international, by DOMINIQUE CARREAU & FABRIZIO MARRELLA, 11 ed., Paris, Pedone, 2012. (leading world textbook of International Law in French; translated into other languages)

Diritto del commercio internazionale, (International Business Law) by FABRIZIO MARRELLA & FRANCESCO GALGANO, 3 ed., Padova, Cedam, 2011, pp.XXIV-1012 . (leading textbook on International Business Law in the Italian language. See

Diritto e prassi del commercio internazionale, (with Francesco Galgano), in Trattato di diritto commerciale e di diritto pubblico dell'economia dir. da F. Galgano, Padova, Cedam, 2010.

Economic Globalisation and Human Rights, (W. BENEDEK, K. DE FEYTER, F. MARRELLA eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Le opere d'arte tra cooperazione internazionale e conflitti armati, a cura di F. MARRELLA, Collana del Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche dell'Università "Cà Foscari" di Venezia, Padova, Cedam, 2006.

La nuova lex mercatoria. Principi Unidroit ed usi dei contratti del commercio internazionale, Pref. H. GRIGERA NAON, Trattato di diritto commerciale e di diritto pubblico dell'economia dir. da F. Galgano, Padova, Cedam, 2003.

Alle origini dell'arbitrato commerciale internazionale. L'arbitrato a Venezia tra Medioevo ed Età moderna, Pref. by ANDREA GIARDINA, Padova, Cedam, vol. 53, 2001.

Main articles in scientific journals

Unione europea ed investimenti diretti esteri (European Union and Foreign Direct Investment), in SIDI/ISIL (Italian Society for International Law), L'Unione europea a vent'anni da Maastricht, (proceedings of the yearly national conference), a cura di S. M. CARBONE, Naples, 2013;

Lo straniero, l'art.16 e la condizione di reciprocità (art.16 of the preliminary rules to the Italian Civil Code, foreigners and the condition of reciprocity), in Commentario del Codice civile a cura di E. GABRIELLI, Torino, Utet, 2013.

MARRELLA F., Arbitrato, diritti umani e religioni, in Rivista dell'arbitrato, 2012, p.621-656.

MARRELLA F., The Human Right to Water and ICSID Arbitration: two sides of a same coin or an example of fragmentation of International Law? in ABASHIDZE A., KOPYLOV M., KISELEVA M., ?????????? ???????? ???????????? ????????????? ?????: ????????? ????????? ??????-???????????? ???????????. ??????, 9-10 ?????? 2010 ?./Current problems of contemporary International Law: Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Conference. Moscow, April 9-10, 2010, in Materials of the Annual Inter-University Scientific Conference of Russia, Moscow, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, pp. 11-42;

MARRELLA F., On the Changing Structure of International Investment Law: The Human Right to Water and ICSID Arbitration, in INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LAW REVIEW, vol. 12, 2010, pp. 335-359 (ISSN 1871-9740) Link DOI

MARRELLA F., L'individu et le droit international économique, (Individuals in International Economic Law) in Le droit international économique à l'aube du XXI siècle. Mélanges en l'honneur de D. Carreau et P. Juillard, sous la dir. de J.M. SOREL, Paris, Pedone, 2009.

MARRELLA F., Funzione ed oggetto dell'autonomia della volontà: il problema della mancata delocalizzazione, (Function and purpose of parties'autonomy in international contracts) in Boschiero (a cura di), La nuova disciplina comunitaria della legge applicabile alle obbligazioni contrattuali (ROMA I), Giappichelli, Torino, 2009.

MARRELLA F., The New (Rome I) European Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations : What Has Changed?, in THE ICC INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION BULLETIN, volume 19, pp. 87-107.

MARRELLA F., Is Open Source Software the New Lex Mercatoria? (with C. YOO, University of Pennsylvania Law School, U.S.A.), in Virginia Journal of International Law (U.S.A.),vol.47, n.4, 2007, pp. 807-837 ( ).

MARRELLA F., "Efficient breach" and Economic Analysis of International Investment Law (with I. Marboe, University of Vienna), in Transnational Dispute Management (2007).

MARRELLA F., Human rights, arbitration and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Law of International Trade, in BENEDEK, DE FEYTER, MARRELLA, Economic Globalisation and Human Rights, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007, pp. 266-310.

MARRELLA F., "United States v. Australia: the leather for automotives case", in B. STERN, H. RUIZ-FABRI, World Trade Organization Case Law/La jurisprudence de l'Organisation Mondiale du Commerce, v.III, Boston-The Hague-London, Martinus Nijhoff, 2007, pp.139-178.

MARRELLA F., La nuova lex mercatoria tra controversie dogmatiche e mercato delle regole. Note in tema di analisi economica del diritto dei contratti internazionali (The new lex mercatoria between theoretical debates and the Law market: some notes on the economic analysis of the law of international contracts), in Sociologia del diritto, n.2-3, Milano, 2005, pp.249-285.

MARRELLA F., Unity and Diversity in International Arbitration: the case of Maritime Arbitration, in American University International Law Review, (special issue on "Emerging Dilemmas in International Economic Arbitration", introduzione di W. PARK), Washington D.C., v.20, n.5, 2005, pp.1055-1100.

Upcoming publications:
Director of the section "International Law" in the "Libro dell'anno del Diritto 2014", by Enciclopedia Treccani (Italian Encyclopedia of Law) .

International Protection of Human Rights and Liabilities of Transnational Corporations/Protection internationale des droits de l'homme et activités des entreprises transnationales, in Recueil des Cours de l'Académie de droit internationale de La Haye/The Hague Academy of International Law, Boston-The Hague, 2014.