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Attila Massimiliano Tanzi

Full Professor

Department of Legal Studies

Academic discipline: IUS/13 International Law

Curriculum vitae

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Professor Tanzi is full Professor of international law at the Alma Mater- University of Bologna since 2006, adviser to the Legal Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, and President of the Italian Branch of the International Law Association. His expertise in international law, with an impressive track record in both practice and academia, enjoys worldwide recognition.

His professional experience in the UN system since 1987 is of particular importance. The first participation of Professor Tanzi in UN legal activities date back to 1987, as member of the Italian delegation in the closing session of the Special Committee on Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Principle of Non-Use of Force in International Relations in international relations. He has also been a member of the Italian delegation in the Sixth Committee and other legal committees and working groups in several UNGA sessions.

Professor Tanzi was elected President of the Legal Board of the UNECE 1992 Convention on transnational waters for two terms (from 2004 to 2012) and since 2013 he is Chair of the Implementation Committee of said Convention.

He has long standing wide experience in international dispute settlement. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in several interstate, investment and commercial disputes. He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. Professor Tanzi is also conciliator at the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, a member of the Special List of Arbitrators for Environmental Disputes of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and a former member of the List of Arbitrators of International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

Professor Tanzi has effectively advised the Italian Government on international law issues at home and in several international disputes before major jurisdictional fora such as the ICJ and ITLOS, as well as before arbitration tribunals. He has been instructed by other governments from different regions of the world and intergovernmental organizations, attesting to the global recognition of his expertise.

Professor Tanzi’s several chairmanships of inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies, including upon re-election, demonstrates his ability to manage and coordinate complex bodies, as well as his marked propensity for collegiality. He has directed several university-public entities partnerships and research projects involving managing complex legal, administrative and accounting issues, which testifies to his ability to combine legal and managerial skills.

The curriculum of Professor Tanzi with his extensive and diverse publication record shows his strong international outlook with a special focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Such international outlook is complemented by his excellent language skills in English, French and Spanish.



"Water Law Evolution: From Riparian Rights to Sustainability!" (Islamabad Policy Research Institute, 16 November 2023): available on YouTube

"Oral Pleadings before the International Court of Justice in the Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v Russia; 32 State Intervening) case, 20 settembre 2023): available on  YouTube.

"Enrica Lexie Case: A View from the Other Side" (Chanakya International Law Lecture Series, 8 January 2021): available on Youtube.

"Speech on jurisdiction of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v. India; ITLOS Case No. 24; provisional measures)" (10 August 2015): available on YoutTube.

"Speech on Italy's Second round of oral pleadings in The M/V "Norstar" Case (Panama v. Italia; ITLOS Case No. 25)" (15 September 2018): available on YouTube.

"The Ne Ultra Petita Principle and International Investment Arbitration" (Investment Treaty Forum; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, 25 January 2018): Part I and Part II available on YouTube.

"The Prevention And Settlement Of Hydroelectric Industry Related Disputes Under International Law: A Multi-Layered Approach" (ESIL Lecture; King's College London, 5 April 2018): available on YouTube.

"Venezuela. Intervista ad Attila Tanzi sulla soluzione giuridica internazionale modello protettorato" (Radio Radicale, 4 February 2019): available in Italian on Radio Radicale.

"Intervista ad Attila Tanzi sulla crisi diplomatica tra Italia e Francia" (Radio Radicale, 8 February 2019): available in Italian on Radio Radicale.

"Cultural Property: What Means for the Settlement of International Disputes?" (conference Cultural Property: What Means for the Settlement of International Disputes; Permanent Court of Arbitration and Florence Chamber of Commerce, 25 October 2019), available on YouTube .


Conference speeches

"The Means for the Settlement of International Cultural Property Disputes: An Introduction" (25 October  2019; conference Cultural Property: What Means for the Settlement of International Disputes; Permanent Court of Arbitration and Florence Chamber of Commerce)


Introduction and concluding remarks of the webinar "Balancing States’ Responses and the Protection of Foreign Investors in the (Post) Pandemic World" (Centre de recherche sur le droit des marchés et des investissements internationaux (CREDIMI); 9 October 2020) (7'30"-16'25" and 3h7'05"-3h19'00")