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Job-Opening in Italy: Public Call for 24 Senior Researcher Positions («Rita Levi Montalcini Call»)

The Italian Ministry for Education, University, and Research (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, MIUR) has issued a public call for  24 researcher positions.

The call is open to scholars of all nationalities who have spent three years working at a non-Italian research center or university and have been awarded a PhD degree, or equivalent, after 31 October 2011 and by 31 October 2014.

The winner of the call will work as a Senior Researcher with an initial 3-year working contract (Ricercatore a tempo determinato, tipologia B) that leads to Associate Tenured Track Professorship subject to National Scientific Habilitation (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, «ASN»).

The English translation of the Ministerial Decree is available at the following address: (

The deadline to submit the application is 28 March 2018, h. 24.00 (Italian local time).


In the context of this call, the University of Milan, Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies ( wishes to express its interest to welcome outstanding researchers in the areas of Public and Private International Law, EU Law, Comparative Law who would like to apply.

For additional information please contact Dr. Stefano Dominelli (

Workshop on Private International Law of IP Rights

This call for papers is provided for by Jeanne Huang.

The issue of cross border protection of intellectual property (IP) was very important and explained the use of bilateral and multilateral treaties such as the Berne Convention and the Paris Convention. One of the fundamental principles underlying these treaties was territoriality and the national treatment principle. However, the advent of the 21st century brought digitisation and globalisation, which have significantly impacted upon the territoriality protection. Finding the best way to protect IP within the context of globalisation and digitisation was the most fundamental question that the workshop sought to answer. We invite colleagues working on private international law and IP to submit expressions of interest to present at the workshop, which will be held at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales on Saturday, 18 August 2018, from 9:30 am -5:00 pm. The workshop is designed to allow researchers working in the field of private international law and IP to deliver work-in-progress papers to their peers. We particularly welcome submissions to discuss and debate the draft International Law Association Guidelines of Intellectual Property and Private International Law, available here.

We are keen to receive proposals that focus on private-international-law issues in cross-border IP disputes, such as:

  • Jurisdiction,
  • Applicable Law,
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments,
  • Arbitration or
  • Private international law issues in smart contracts, blockchain transactions and other digitalized transactions.

For paper proposals, speakers are to submit a title and 150-200 word abstract, along with a one-page CV for potential inclusion in the workshop. Please send your proposal to by 15 April 2018.

Social Media and the Protection of Privacy: Current Gaps and Future Directions in European Private International Law

Anna Bizer, doctoral student at the University of Freiburg, and I have just published an article on “Social Media and the Protection of Privacy: Current Gaps and Future Directions in European Private International Law” in the International Journal of Data Science and Analytics.

The article considers the current situation in European private international law regarding the protection of privacy and personality rights in social media. When privacy infringements occur on the internet, difficult questions as to determining jurisdiction and the applicable law arise. This field is so far only partially governed by European Union law and still leaves a gap that must be filled by the domestic choice-of-law rules of the member states. The article addresses these problems taking into account the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The full text is available here.