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Dr Lorenzo Gasbarri
  • Research Associate
  • Faculty of Laws

Lorenzo is research associate for the project “Human Rights Beyond Borders” funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Ralph Wilde. He is also junior editor (theme developer on international institutional law) of the Oxford database for the law of international organizations. He earned a PhD at the University of Milan, a master of laws at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a bachelor and a master in law and a bachelor in literature at the University of Florence. He was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki (project “Towards a Credible Ethics for Global Governance”, funded by the Academy of Finland and led by Prof. Jan Klabbers) and visiting fellow at the centre of excellence iCourts (University of Copenhagen) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. His research covers the law of international organizations, human rights and legal argumentation. He is a member of the European Society of International Law and of the Italian Society of International Law.

Research Groups
Research Summary


  • “The dual legality of the rules of international organizations" (University of Milan). This research examines the legal nature of the ‘rules of international organizations’ as defined by the International Law Commission in its works on the law of treaties and on international responsibility.

postdoctoral research: 

  • “Human Rights Beyond Borders” (University College London, Dr Ralph Wilde): This project aims to provide a critical evaluation of the law and policy of whether and to what extent international human rights law is and should be applicable to states extraterritorially.
  • “Towards a Credible Ethics for Global Governance" (University of Helsinki, Prof. Jan Klabbers): This project aims to develop a virtue ethics of global governance by concentrating on the professional roles of relevant actors.
  • "Courtspeak" (personal project). This research focuses on the role of writing techniques in judicial argumentation and aims to develop a method to examine the argumentative structure of judgments issued by the International Court of Justice.
Teaching Summary

  • University of Copenhagen. Guest lecturer for the course: “EU constitutional law”.
  • University of Helsinki. Course: “argumentation and judicial writing in international courts”. 
  • Italian Diplomatic Academy. Course: “the United Nations system”. 
  • Centro Subacqueo Didattico. Scuba diving instructor (hobby).

Academic Background
2016 LLD Doctor of Laws – International Law Universita degli Studi di Milano
2015 LLM Master of Laws – International Law  
2012 LLB Bachelor of Laws – Law Universita degli Studi di Firenze
2012 MA Master of Arts – Law Universita degli Studi di Firenze
2007 BA Bachelor of Arts – Literary Studies Universita degli Studi di Firenze
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