Dr. Francesco Biagi

Senior Research Fellow (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Project Activities

Somalia, Jordan

Other Activities and Research Interests

Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in Africa and in the Middle East, Authoritarian Regimes, Hybrid Regimes and Transitional Countries

Professional and Academic Background

Since 10/2015 Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Since 6/2011 Researcher of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD)

3/2015 Visiting Professor at the College of Law of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (USA)

6/2014 – 9/2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law, Department of Law “A. Cicu”, University of Bologna (Italy)

4/2012 – 3/2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law, Department of Law “A. Cicu”, University of Bologna (Italy)

4/2012 – 7/2012 Visiting scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City (USA)

4/2012 Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, University of Ferrara, Italy, with a thesis on “Le Corti costituzionali nelle transizioni democratiche: i casi dell’Italia, della Spagna e della Repubblica ceca” [Constitutional Courts in Democratic Transitions: The Cases of Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic]

4/2010 – 5/2010 Visiting researcher at the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao (Spain)

11/2007 M.A. in Law, University of Bologna, Italy. Final Mark 110/110 cum laude

3/2007 – 6/2007 Visiting student at the Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City (Mexico)

3/2005 B.A. in Law, University of Bologna (Italy). Final Mark 110/110 cum laude

Publications

  • Corti costituzionali e transizioni democratiche. Tre generazioni a confronto, il Mulino, Bologna, 2016. ("Constitutional Courts and Democratic Transitions. A Comparison between Three Generations")
  • Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors, Routledge, London, 2015 (edited with J.O. Frosini).
  • The Pilot of Limited Change. Mohammed VI and the Transition in Morocco, in J.O. Frosini, F. Biagi (eds.), Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors, Routledge, London, 2015, pp. 50–80.
  • Transitions from Authoritarian Rule following the Arab Uprisings: A Matter of Variables, in J.O. Frosini, F. Biagi (eds.), Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors, Routledge, London, 2015, pp. 134–173 (with J.O. Frosini)
  • Three Generations of European Constitutional Courts in Transition to Democracy, in Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo, no. 2, 2014, pp. 985–1005.
  • El federalismo australiano, in J. Tajadura, J. de Miguel Bárcena (eds.), Federalismos del siglo XXI, Centro de estudios políticos y constitucionales, Madrid, 2014, pp. 367–412.
  • The 2011 Constitutional Reform in Morocco: More Flaws than Merits, in Jean Monnet Occasional Papers, Institute for European Studies (Malta), no. 7/2014, pp. 1–19
  • L’introduzione di una Commissione elettorale indipendente: una riforma costituzionale a complemento della modifica della legge elettorale, in E. Catelani, F. Donati, M.C. Grisolia (eds.), La giustizia elettorale, Atti del Seminario svoltosi a Firenze il 16 novembre 2012, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2013, pp. 373–396 (with S. Pennicino).
  • La class action in Israele: alcune riflessioni sui profili pubblicistici della legge n. 5766 del 2006, in Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo, no. 3, 2012, pp. 1181–1197.
  • Le Corti costituzionali nelle transizioni democratiche: i casi dell’Italia, della Spagna e della Repubblica ceca, in Annali on-line. Pubblicazioni dello IUSS, vol. 5, no. 1, 2011, pp. 1–218.
  • La sentenza sull’Estatut de Catalunya e la crisi di legittimazione del Tribunal constitucional, in Quaderni costituzionali, no. 1, 2011, pp. 63–87.
  • I sistemi di contenzioso elettorale in America Latina, in L. Pegoraro, G. Pavani, S. Pennicino (eds.), Chi controlla le elezioni? Verifica parlamentare dei poteri, tribunali, commissioni indipendenti, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2011, pp. 153–175.

Participation in Conferences

  • Presentation of my book chapter on “The Pilot of Limited Change. Mohammed VI and the Transition in Morocco”, during the presentation of the book “Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors”, Bocconi University, Milan (Italy), 24 Mar. 2015
  • “Constitutional Transitions”, College of Law of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (USA), 6 Mar. 2015 (with J. Mazzone)
  • Presentation of my book chapter on “The Pilot of Limited Change. Mohammed VI and the Transition in Morocco”, during the presentation of the book “Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors”, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Washington, Washington D.C. (USA), 26 Feb. 2015
  • Presentation of the paper “La transizione costituzionale in Marocco: più ombre che luci”, in the Congress “Costituzioni e costituzionalismi nel mondo arabo-islamico”, Università degli Studi “L’Orientale”, Naples (Italy), 4–5 Dec. 2014
  • “Transitions, Elections, Democracy. The Role of Comparative Constitutional Law”, in the Law Seminar Series, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna (Italy), 9 Oct. 2014 (with S. Pennicino)
  • Presentation of the paper “Three Generations of European Constitutional Courts in Transition to Democracy”, in the International Congress “Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives”, University of Bologna (Italy), 6–7 Oct. 2014
  • Presentation of the paper “Constitution-making and Implementation: Lessons from Morocco”, Jean Monnet Annual Conference: “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”, Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta (Malta), 15 Oct. 2013
  • Presentation of the paper “The Pilot of Limited Change. Mohammed VI and the Transition in Morocco”, Faculty Lecture Series, College of Law of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (USA), 2 Apr. 2013
  • “The King, the Reforms and the 2011 Constitution: A Democratic Transition in Morocco?”, in the International Congress “Constitutional Transformations in the Arab World following the Arab Spring: Comparative Models”, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna (Italy), 7–8 Feb. 2013
  • Presentation of the paper “Electoral Management Bodies in Transitional Countries. Influences From the Outside and Constitutional Implications at a Domestic Level” in the Workshop “Electoral Management in Transitional Countries”, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna (Italy), Apr. 2011
  • Presentation of the paper “The Constitutional Courts as the Guardians of “Substantive” Transitions: With Special Reference to Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic” in the VIII World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law, Mexico City (Mexico), 6–10 Dec. 2010 (workshop on “Constitutional Principles and Democratic Transitions”)

Honours

Awarded best Ph.D. thesis in Constitutional Law at the University of Ferrara by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) (2012). The thesis was also published in “Annali online – Pubblicazioni dello IUSS”

Ranked third for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of public law in academic year 2012/2013, an award assigned by the Collana di Studi “Sovranità, Federalismo, Diritti”, under the patronage of the Gruppo di Pisa

Memberships

Coordinator of the Sub-Group on Africa of the International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on “Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies”