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Susanna Mancini


Department of Legal Studies

Academic discipline: 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) 


Professor Susanna Mancini holds the Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna School of Law. She is also affiliated to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and she is a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University (Budapest/Vienna) and the Cardozo School of Law (New York City). She has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, at the Fordham School of Law (New York City), at the Toulouse School of Law (France) and at the Radyzner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel), and has been a Senior Scholar at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University (2018), as well as a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute. Professor Mancini is a vice-president of the International Association of Constitutional Law and she served as the chair of the program committee for the World Congress of Constitutional Law (Oslo, 2014). 


Comparative Constitutionalism

European Union Law

Comparative Law

Gender and the Law

Religion in Comparative Constitutional 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, federalism and secession, citizenship, reproductive rights, and gender and the law. She is a co-author of the Dorsen, Rosenfeld, Sajo, Baer and Mancini Comparative Constitutionalism. Cases and Materials (West, 2016). Her latest books are Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (Oxford University Press, 2014), and The Conscience Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2017), both co-edited with Michel Rosenfeld. She is presently working on an edited volume, Constitutions and Religion (Research Handbooks in Comparative Constitutional Law, Elgar Publishing).

Selected Publications (accessible on SSRN)

"Transatlantic Conversations The Emergence of Society-Protective Antiabortion Arguments in the United States, Europe, and Russia" (with Kristina Stoeckl), The Conscience Wars. Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality (S. Mancini & M. Rosenfeld eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2018.

"Global Religion in a Post-Westphalia World", Handbook on Global Constitutionalism (A. Lang & A. Wiener eds.) (Elgar Publishing 2017).

Dorsen, Rosenfeld, Sajo, Baer, and Mancini's Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Materials, 3d(West, 2016).

Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (with M. Rosenfeld), Oxford University Press, 2014

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).