Notre Dame Associate Professor of Law Paolo Carozza will spend the spring 2011 semester in Italy as a Fulbright scholar, working from the University of Florence on a book about the jurisprudence of the Italian Constitutional Court.
“My goal is to bring the work of the Italian Constitutional Court (ICC) to the attention of the English-speaking legal academy,” says Carozza, the son of Italian immigrants and an internationally known expert in the fields of comparative law, human rights, and international law. “Comparative constitutional studies, including the leading textbooks in the field, include little or no reference to the ICC…[even though] the ICC has arguably represented one of the strongest, best developed, and creative examples of constitutional judicial review anywhere.”
Carozza will collaborate with Andrea Simoncini, full professor of constitutional law at the University of Florence. The two met in 2004 during Carozza’s tenure as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Italy in 2004, and worked together again in spring 2009 when Simoncini held the Notre Dame Fulbright Chair. “The idea for this project was conceived and developed together during [Simoncini’s] stay here at Notre Dame,” says Carozza. “This project is literally a direct fruit of the Fulbright ideal of scholarly exchange.”
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1996, Carozza is actively involved in the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), and serves as director of the doctoral program in international human rights law. He earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard, and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm Arnold & Porter. Carozza regularly teaches, publishes, and lectures in Italy.
For more information about Professor Carozza, visit his faculty profile page.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.