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European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
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50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Law

Mentor: Deirdre Curtin
Thematic Group: Governance, Constitutionalism and Democracy 


Marta Morvillo’s research interests are rooted in the field of Constitutional law, at both a national and a European level.

She pursued her studies in law at the University of Bologna, where she graduated in 2011, and at King’s College London, where she obtained an LLM in public law and global governance in 2012. She was awarded a PhD in Constitutional Law by the University of Bologna in 2015 and was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg in 2014 and 2017.

Since 2015 she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bologna, under the mentorship of Professor Andrea Morrone and Professor Tommaso Giupponi.

Marta’s research focuses on the interaction between technical and democratic legitimacy, and in particular on the role of experts and technical knowledge in constitutionally relevant decision-making processes.

In her doctoral thesis, titled ‘Who decides on technical legislation? Analysing the dialogue between politics and expertise in drafting and applying technical legislation’, she focused on the genetic aspects of such legal rules, trying to outline the paradigms according to which technical contents influence legislative processes.

As a next step, Marta is now interested in understanding how law, and judicial reasoning in particular, can shape experts’ involvement in technically complex policy fields, with a view to addressing the legitimacy problems it poses.

As a Max Weber Fellow, she therefore intends to investigate the role of EU constitutional principles, as interpreted and applied by the CJEU, in fostering the inclusiveness and accountability of expert-intensive decision making at EU level. 

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