Legal Sciences Research Group

The Legal Sciences Research Group at the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia directs its research interests towards various thematic areas, selected in coherence with the strategic plan of the IUSS School. It maintains a distinctive character by adopting a comparative approach to the study of legal phenomena and grounding its considerations in the economic and social implications of legislative choices, doctrinal interpretations, and judicial orientations. This perspective aligns with a public policy approach stimulated by significant collaborations with institutional decision-makers and international governmental organizations.

Applying advanced methodological tools of comparative law and economic and behavioral analysis of law, the Legal Sciences Research Group conducts functional and pragmatic research. This research aims to provide solutions to the evolving needs of society, involving comparisons between legal rules and institutional frameworks across different legal systems. This approach overcomes obstacles posed by differences in conceptual and dogmatic categories unique to each system, while still considering the deeper cultural data that characterize legal traditions over time.

The Legal Sciences Research Group is coordinated by prof. Alberto Monti, full professor of Comparative Private Law, and currently includes prof. Stefano Moratti, associate professor of Tax Law, prof. Lydia Velliscig, associate professor of Comparative Private Law, prof. Amedeo Santosuosso, Fixed-term extraordinary professor of Philosophy of Law, Dr Michele Di Vita (PhD SDC), Dr Baljinnyam Ishgen (PhD SDC) and Dr Elnaz Nahavandi (PhD SDC).

Key topics of interest for the Legal Sciences Research Group include:

  1. Management of Extreme and Emerging Risks: This involves legal and institutional considerations, with a particular focus on the interactions between the public and private sectors.
  2. Legal Responses to Climate Change.
  3. Sustainability-Oriented Legal and Fiscal Tools.
  4. The digitization of law and the ethical-legal issues related to the use of artificial intelligence and automation processes.

Research in these areas spans from the regulation of risk sources and preventive measures to incorporating risk-based considerations in decision-making processes for the performance of legal and regulatory functions. It also explores the role of law in the technological progress and digitization of data and markets, the allocation of institutional competences in public governance systems, and financial coverage through insurance, reinsurance, and alternative risk transfer and financing mechanisms, including tax and capital market tools.