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Francesco Biagi

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Legal Studies

Academic discipline: IUS/21 Comparative Public Law

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Francesco Biagi is a Senior Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna, as well as an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and the University of Bologna). From October 2015 to January 2017 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (Heidelberg), where he now works as a legal consultant. Biagi obtained a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Ferrara after graduating in Law from the University of Bologna (magna cum laude). He was Visiting Professor at the College of Law of the University of Illinois (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022) and at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (2022), as well as Visiting Researcher at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2012). He is the Coordinator of the Sub-Group on “Africa” of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Research Group on “Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies”. Since 2013 he has provided trainings and consultancies (on various projects related to constitution-building and the rule of law) to governmental and judicial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. He has written extensively on transition processes, constitution-building, forms of government, constitutional justice, fundamental rights, federalism, electoral justice, hybrid and illiberal regimes. His latest books include European Constitutional Courts and Transitions to Democracy (Cambridge University Press 2020), Comparative Constitutional History. Volume 1: Principles, Developments, Challenges (edited with J.O. Frosini and J. Mazzone, Brill 2020), and Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors (edited with J.O. Frosini, Routledge 2015). Languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French. In 2017 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification to become Associate Professor of Comparative Law.

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