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Giorgio Pino

Giorgio Pino is Associate professor in Philosophy of Law at the University of Palermo, Italy. His research interest is mainly focused on theory of fundamental rights, legal interpretation and argumentation, freedom of speech, personal identity, religious freedom, and right to privacy. Giorgio Pino obtained a PHD in Human Rights from the University of Palermo and a Master Degree from the European Academy of Legal Theory (Bruxelles). He has held visiting scholar positions at the Centre for Law and Society of the University of Edinburgh (1998), at the University of Girona, (2006), Columbia University (NY 2007) and Oxford University (2009). He has also been a Visting Professor at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2013), and he regularly lectures at the Advanced Master in Global Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy (University of Genoa), where he gives a course on "Constitutional Theory & Fundamental Rights".


Main Publications

Giorgio Pino is one of the Editors in Chief of “Diritto e Questioni pubbliche”, an online journal in legal theory and philosophy of law, and of the book series “Ethos/Nomos”; he is also a member of the Advisory Board of “Ragion Pratica” and of the Scientific Committee of “Revus”.

He has published extensively in Italian and foreign journals, such as Law and Philosophy, Doxa, Ragion pratica, Analisi e diritto, and is the author of the following books: Il diritto all’identità personale. Interpretazione costituzionale e creatività giurisprudenziale (il Mulino, 2003), Diritti fondamentali e ragionamento giuridico (Giappichelli, 2008), Diritti e interpretazione. Il ragionamento giuridico nello Stato costituzionale (il Mulino, 2010).


Research while at the EUI

During his stay at the EUI, he plans to carry on an investigation on the role of proportionality analysis in constitutional adjudication, and in fundamental rights adjudication generally. One of the aims of the research will be to explore the potential of proportionality analysis with a view to enhancing a kind of rational  dialogue between Courts and legislatures, and accordingly to meet at least some of the criticisms usually leveled against judicial review and legal constitutionalism generally (‘rational’ is here understood in the sense of ‘based on reason-giving’). In this framework, his research is intended to sustain the idea that judicial review need not be regarded as necessarily antagonistic to democracy, but rather as a potential complement to it.


Contact (1 September – 31 December 2013)

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 2219

Fax [+39] 055 4685 200

Office: CA 11, Casale, Villa Schifanoia

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