Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza

Updated (4.1.2024)

Daniele Amoroso (PhD in Law & Economics, Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Florence/Naples) is Associate Professor of International and EU Law at the Department of Law of the University of Cagliari. In 2020, he obtained the national scientific qualification to function as full professor in Italian Universities.

He is Associate Editor of the Italian Yearbook of International Law and Member of the Editorial Committee of Giurisprudenza italiana, as well as Co-Coordinator (along with Riccardo Pavoni) of the Italian team of reporters for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC).

He is member of the Board of the PhD Course in Law at the University of Cagliari. From 2012 to 2014 he acted as Scientific Secretary of the PhD Course in Law & Economics at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences.

A. Teaching Activities

He currently teaches “International and EU law”, “International Environmental Law & Policy” and “International Economic Law” at the University of Cagliari.

He has been guest lecturer at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (2014 and 2016), the University of Vilnius “Mykolas Romeris” (2016), the University of Naples Federico II (2018), the Politecnico of Milan (2020), the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2020), and the University of Turin (2022 and 2023).

He lectured at the Course for Qualified Advisers of the Armed Forces for the Application of IHL in Armed Conflicts, organized by the Italian Red Cross (Villasor, 2017 and 2018), as well as at the Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law, organized by the Asser Institute (The Hague, 2020) and the Kirimli Dr. Aziz Bey International Humanitarian Law Advanced Summer School, organized by the Istanbul Center of International Law, the Turkish Red Crescent, and International Committee of the Red Cross (Istanbul, 2021 and 2023).

B. Research Activities

Daniele Amoroso has written extensively on public international law, with particular regard to the relationship between international and domestic legal orders, human rights, state responsibility, immunities, international courts, self-determination of peoples, and the law and policy of AI. A full list of publications is available below.

In 2019 he was awarded a DAAD grant to spend a research period in Munich at the Universität der Bundeswehr for a project on Autonomous Weapons Systems. In 2018, he was visiting professor at the Brunswick European Law School. In 2010 he was visiting fellow at the Leiden Law School.

As member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), he has been an active contributor to the debate on the issue of human control over Autonomous Weapons Systems. In 2017, he joined the Böll Foundation’s “Task Force on Disruptive Technologies and 21st Century Warfare”, co-authoring, with Frank Sauer, Noel Sharkey, Lucy Suchman and Guglielmo Tamburrini, the Report “Autonomy in Weapon Systems. The Military Application of Artificial Intelligence as a Litmus Test for Germany’s New Foreign and Security Policy”. In 2019, he co-authored with Guglielmo Tamburrini the ICRAC Working Paper #4 on “What makes human control over weapons ‘Meaningful’?”, which was circulated in August 2019 at the Meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.

In 2021 he joined the NATO working group HFM-330 on “Human Systems Integration for Meaningful Human Control over AI-based systems”, chaired by Mark Draper and Jurriaan van Diggelen.

He is co-editor, along with David Abbink, Luciano Cavalcante Siebert, Jeroen van den Hoven, Giulio Mecacci, and Filippo Santoni de Sio of the Edward Elgar’s Handbook on “Meaningful Human Control of Artificial Intelligence” (2024).

He contributed to the publication of the Report “Equal. Study for the implementation of the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community with the same personal freedom and choice as other persons” (in Italian), submitted in June 2023 to the Presidency of the Council of Ministries.

In 2023, he was appointed, by the Italian Minister of Defence, as academic member of the Commission tasked with drafting the Italian Manual of International Law Applicable to Military Operations (in Italian).

Along with Andrea Caligiuri, he edits the annual review of Italian judicial decisions relating to international law for the Italian Yearbook of International Law. He is also the co-editor (with Massimo Orzan) of the review of European Courts’ (ECJ and ECHR) most relevant decisions, published on a monthly basis on Giurisprudenza italiana. From 2013 to 2016, he reviewed the case law of the International Court of Justice on the Italian Yearbook of International Law as well as, from 2008 to 2016, the activities of the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly for La Comunità Internazionale.

He has been an active member of both the Italian and the European Society of International Law. In particular, he was among the co-founders of the Interest Group of the Italian Society of International Law on “Municipal Law and International Law”, which he chaired from 2016 to 2020. Also, he was member of the Organising Committee of the 13th ESIL Annual Conference on “Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law” (Naples, 7-9 September 2017) and co-editor of the conference proceedings “The Protection of General Interests in Contemporary International Law: A Theoretical and Empirical Inquiry (European Society of International Law Series, OUP, 2021)”.

He translated in Italian the UN Handbook “Basic Facts about the United Nations” (L’ABC delle Nazioni Unite, Editoriale Scientifica, 2012).

  • He took part to the following publicly-funded projects:
  • “Migration Policies and Legal Transplant in the Mediterranean Area” (FIR, 2012-2015)
  • “Credit Rating Agencies and the Financial Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” (Fondazione di Sardegna, 2017-2019)
  • “Riciclaggio di denaro sporco e sviluppo sostenibile in Tunisia: una task force italo-tunisina” (Sardinia Region, Law No. 19/1996, 2018-2019)
  • “La tutela dei minori stranieri non accompagnati in Italia alla luce degli obblighi internazionali ed europei. Verso nuovi contenuti per il principio del superiore interesse del minore?” (Sardinia Region, Law No. 7/2007, 2018-2021)
  • “Beyond Emergency: Re-codifying the Normative framework of migratory phenomena” (BERN) (Fondazione di Sardegna, 2020-2022)
  • FUture gEnerations and international Law: boosting an ITalian response (FUEL-IT) (PRIN, 2023-2024)
  • HYbrid threats versus Democratic Resilience: An analytical and practical toolkit (HYDRA) (PRIN-PNRR, 2024-2025) – Responsible of the UNICA Research Unit

C. Conference presentations

He is regularly invited or selected to present or discuss papers in conferences and seminars, as well as to chair conference sessions, in Italy and abroad, which include the following:

  • “Smart Weapons”. Ethical and Juridical Questions (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2023)
  • DILEMA Expert Meeting on “Distinction and Discrimination under International Humanitarian Law and Military Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Requirements, Risks and Red Lines” (Asser Institute, The Hague, 2023)
  • L’arbitrato internazionale nell’interazione tra sistemi normativi (Italian Society of International Law, Naples, 2023)
  • Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Military Domain (REAIM) Conference (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, 2023)
  • A Policy for AI (Politecnico di Milano, 2022)
  • ‘Silent leges inter arma?’ Conference (International Society for Military Law and Law of War, Bruges, 2022)
  • NATO Workshop on Meaningful Human Control (Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics, 2021)
  • Conference on “Science and Culture of Peace” (University of Naples Federico II, 2021)
  • International Conference “Robots in Arms. On a Search for a Future Arms Control Regime to Regulate Autonomous Weapons” (Protestant Academy Loccum, Germany, 2020)
  • Italian-American dialogues on Constitutionalism in the 21st Century (University of Parma, 2019)
  • 6th STS Italia Conference “Sociotechnical Environments” (University of Trento, 2016)
  • 2015 ESIL Research Forum at the European University Institute
  • International Conference on “The case of Crimea in the light of international law: its nature and implications” (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2015)
  • 10th Anniversary ESIL Conference on “International Law and… Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines” (University of Vienna, 2014)
  • 2013 Annual Workshop of the ASIL “International Law in Domestic Court” Interest Group at the Yale University
  • 10th Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association at the Merton College (Oxford, 2010)

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