Michele Taruffo was born in 1943, and graduated in Law in 1965 at the University of Pavia. Since 1976 he is Full professor of Civil procedural law at the University of Pavia.
In 1994-1996 he was Visiting Professor at the Cornell Law School, and in 2003 at the Hastings College of the Law, University of California.
He is a member of the following institutions: the Accademia dei Lincei, the American Law Institute, the Bielefelder Kreis, the International Association of Procedural Law, the Instituto Brasileiro de Direito Processual, the Association Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française, the Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato, the Associazione Italiana tra gli Studiosi del Diritto Processuale, and other Italian and international institutions.
He takes part in the scientific boards of several juridical and philosophical journals, in Italy and abroad.
He is author of 13 books, and of several dozens of articles in the subjects of procedural law and of the theory of law, published in Italian and international journals. He gave conferences and seminars in many Italian and international universities, and presented papers in several domestic and international congresses.
Together with Geoffrey C. Hazard, he is co-reporter of the research project of the American Law Institute on Principles and Rules for Transnational Civil Procedure.
Main research interests: procedural law, law and evidence theory, general theory of law, comparative law, history of law.