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Visiting Italian professor presents paper at College of Law

November 20, 2009

Giancarlo Guarino speaks at the College of Law on Oct. 22.

Giancarlo Guarino, professor of international law at the University of Naples and the 2009 – 10 Wynne International Scholar at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law recently presented his paper “The Relationship between Italian Constitutional Law and International Law,” as part of the 2009 – 10 Working Paper Series in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Guarino was at Loyola this semester as part of the annual visiting Michaelle Pitard Wynne program, which brings in a distinguished foreign scholar each year to offer a special seminar in current issues of international law.

Guarino’s presentation focused on the role of international law within Italy’s domestic law. In some countries, such as the United States, international law of treaties is explicitly mentioned as a source of law in the constitution. In the U.S., international customary law is referred to as in the Paquete Habana.

This was not the case in Italy until after 1948, when a new constitution was adopted. Article 10 of the new Italian constitution says that international customary law norms are constitutional norms. In 2001, the constitution was amended to include treaties as well. This puts Italy in conformity with the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Naples in 1965, Guarino joined the faculty there in 1970. He has served as a full professor of international law and organization at the University of Naples Federico II faculty of economics since 1984.

His previous appointments include an associate professorship of international law and organization at the University of Camerino and of law of the European community at the University of Naples Federico II.

He has also taught international private law at the High School of Civil Law of the University of Camerino and constitutional law at the High School of European Law at the University of Naples.

For more information on the 2009 – 10 Working Paper Series, please contact professor Dominique Custos in the College of Law at dcustos@loyno.edu.

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