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Susanna Mancini

Associate Professor

Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche

IUS/21 Comparative Public Law


Curriculum Vitae


• J.D. (Law School, University of Bologna, 1991, magna cum laude)

• LLM  (University of Florence, 1992)

• PhD   (Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, 1995) 


Susanna Mancini is a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Bologna School of Law. She is also an adjunct professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. She has lectured at many universities, including Columbia, Yale and Oxford, and participated in conferences and seminars around the world. She was a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, a visiting professor at the Radyzner School of Law of the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center, Israel). and she is a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University (Budapest) and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Professor Mancini is a member of the Executive Committees of both the International Association of Constitutional Law and of the International Society of Public Law, and a project leader of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, a program that provides research and training for individuals and groups from countries undergoing the process of democratic transition in Central and South Eastern Europe, as well as North Africa.


Comparative Constitutionalism

European Union Law

Multiculturalism and the Human Rights of Women

International Human Rights

Transnational Constitutional Identity


Professor Mancini has written widely on comparative constitutional law, and specifically on  law and religion, multiculturalism, minority rights, citizenship, reproductive rights and gender and the law. Her publications include three monographs  and over 50 articles and chapters in edited books. She has published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the European Constitutional Law Review  and other journals.

Selected Publications

Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (with M. Rosenfeld), Oxford University Press, 2014 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199660384.do

The Tempting of Europe, the Political Seduction of the Cross. A Schmittian Reading of Christianity and Islam in European Constitutionalism", Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival  (Susanna Mancini & Michel Rosenfeld eds., Oxford University Press 2014) .


"Secession and Self Determination," Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutionalism (Michel Rosenfeld & Andras Sajo eds., Oxford University Press, 2012).


 ”From the Struggle for Suffrage to the Construction of a Fragile Gender Citizenship: Italy 1946-2009, ” Women's Suffrage in Europe (R. Rubio-Marin, B. Rodriguez-Ruiz eds.,  Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2012).

"Patriarchy as the Exclusive Domain of the Other. The Veil Controversy, False Projection and Cultural Racism," International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2, 2012.


"Unveiling the Limits of Tolerance. Comparing the Treatment of Majority and Minority Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere" (with Michel Rosenfeld), Law, State and Religion in the New Europe, (Lorenzo Zucca & Camil Ungureanu eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012)


 “To Be or Not To Be Jewish: The UK Supreme Court Answers The Question,” European Constitutional Law Review,  03/2010.


 ”The Crucifix Rage: Supra-National Constitutionalism Bumps Against the Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty,” European Constitutional Law Review, 1/ 2010.


 “The judge as Moral Arbiter? The Case of Abortion,” (with Michel Rosenfeld), Constitutional Topography: Values and Constitutions, (Andras Sajo & Renata Uitz eds. .Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, 2010).


 “Europe: Liberty for All?” (with Michel Rosenfeld)  Saisphere, 2009.


 “The Power of Symbols and Symbols as Power. Secularism and Religion as Guarantors of Cultural Convergence,” Cardozo Law Review, 30:6, 2009.


 “Rethinking the Boundaries of Democratic Secession: Liberalism, Nationalism, and the Right of Minorities to Self-Determination,” International Journal of Constitutional Law, Special Fifth Anniversary Symposium Issue, 2008.


 ”Language rights as Cultural Rights: A European Perspective,” (with Bruno De Witte) (Cultural Human Rights, (Martin Scheinin & Francesco Francioni eds.,  Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2008).



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