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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 holds the chair of international law at the University of Bologna (2006 - ongoing). President of the Italian Branch of the International Law Association.

His other appointments include: enseignant invité, Université Paris Nanterre (2021); external scientific fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (2019-2020); visiting professor, University of Vienna (2018-2019); enseignant invité Université Paris II, Panthéon Assas (2018); visiting professor, Queen Mary University of London (2014 - 2016); professor at the University of Verona (1999 - 2006); visiting professor at the University of Perugia (1990 - 1999); Director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law (1997).

A Member of the list of designees to the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators, a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, conciliator at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, chairman of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention and legal consultant to Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On several occasions, he was a member of Italy’s delegation to the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the U.N. General Assembly.

Professional activities: counsel and arbitrator in inter-state and investor-state cases on investment law, law of the sea, environmental law, jurisdictional immunities and law of international organizations.

Main fields of interest: public international law, international investment law, international environmental law and international water law.

Professor Tanzi is the author of a number of books, including International Investment Law and Arbitration: an Introductory Casebook (2013, CEDAM), Introduzione al Diritto Internazionale Contemporaneo (2016 (5° ed.), CEDAM), The Consolidation of international Water Law. A Comparative Analysis of the UN and UNECE Water Conventions (2017, Editoriale Scientifica) and A Concise Introduction to International Law (2019, Giappichelli-Eleven).



"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")