Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza

Daniele Amoroso (PhD in Law & Economics, Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Florence/Naples) is Associate Professor of International and EU Law at the Department of Law of the University of Cagliari. In 2020, he obtained the national scientific qualification to function as full professor in Italian Universities.

He is Associate Editor of the Italian Yearbook of International Law and Member of the Editorial Committee of Giurisprudenza italiana, as well as Co-Coordinator (along with Riccardo Pavoni) of the Italian team of reporters for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC).

He is member of the Board of the PhD Course in Law at the University of Cagliari. From 2012 to 2014 he acted as Scientific Secretary of the PhD Course in Law & Economics at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences.


A. Teaching Activities

He currently teaches “International and EU law”, “International Environmental Law & Policy” and “International Economic Law” at the University of Cagliari.

He has been guest lecturer at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (2014 and 2016), the University of Vilnius “Mykolas Romeris” (2016), the University of Naples Federico II (2018), the Politecnico of Milan (2020), and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2020). He lectured at the Course for Qualified Advisers of the Armed Forces for the Application of IHL in Armed Conflicts, organized by the Italian Red Cross (Villasor, 2017 and 2018).

He also delivered the following lectures:

  • 22 January 2020: “Autonomous Weapons Systems and International Humanitarian Law” – Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law, organized by the Asser Institute
  • August 2021: “Weapons Law” – Kirimli Dr. Aziz Bey International Humanitarian Law Advanced Summer School, organized by the Istanbul Center of International Law and the Turkish Red Crescent, with the contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • 10 September 2021: “The military applications of AI” – Summer School ‘La responsabilità civile nell’era digitale’
  • 16 November 2021: “Autonomous Weapons” – Workshop organized by ELSA Netherlands and ELSA Switzerlands

Since 2013, he has been delivering classes of European Family Law, European Human Rights Law and Private International Law to practicing lawyers attending the Schools of Forensic Training in Naples (2013-2016), S. Maria Capua Vetere (2013) and Cagliari (2017-).


B. Research Activities and Publications

Daniele Amoroso has written extensively on public international law, with particular regard to the relationship between international and domestic legal orders, human rights, state responsibility, immunities, international courts, self-determination of peoples, and autonomous weapons systems (AWS).

As member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), he has been an active contributor to the debate on the issue of human control over AWS. In 2017, he joined the Böll Foundation’s “Task Force on Disruptive Technologies and 21st Century Warfare”, co-authoring, with Frank Sauer, Noel Sharkey, Lucy Suchman and Guglielmo Tamburrini, the Report “Autonomy in Weapon Systems. The Military Application of Artificial Intelligence as a Litmus Test for Germany’s New Foreign and Security Policy”. In 2019, he co-authored with Guglielmo Tamburrini the ICRAC Working Paper #4 on “What makes human control over weapons ‘Meaningful’?”, which was circulated in August 2019 at the Meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.

On September 2019, he co-organized, along with Filippo Santoni de Sio (TU Delft), Giulio Mecacci (Radboud University), and Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples Federico II), an international workshop on “Meaningful Human Control over Intelligent Machines”, held at TU Delft.

In 2019 he was awarded a DAAD grant to spend a research period in Munich at the Universität der Bundeswehr for a project on Autonomous Weapons Systems. In 2018, he was visiting professor at the Brunswick European Law School. In 2010 he was visiting fellow at the Leiden Law School.

He took part, as member of research units, to the following publicly-funded projects:

  • “Migration Policies and Legal Transplant in the Mediterranean Area” (FIR, 2012-2015)
  • “Credit Rating Agencies and the Financial Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” (Fondazione di Sardegna, 2017-2019)
  • “Riciclaggio di denaro sporco e sviluppo sostenibile in Tunisia: una task force italo-tunisina” (Sardinia Region, Law No. 19/1996, 2018-2019)
  • “La tutela dei minori stranieri non accompagnati in Italia alla luce degli obblighi internazionali ed europei. Verso nuovi contenuti per il principio del superiore interesse del minore?” (Sardinia Region, Law No. 7/2007, 2018-2021)

Along with Andrea Caligiuri, he edits the annual review of Italian judicial decisions relating to international law for the Italian Yearbook of International Law. He is also the co-editor (with Massimo Orzan) of the review of European Courts’ (ECJ and ECHR) most relevant decisions, published on a monthly basis on Giurisprudenza italiana. From 2013 to 2016, he reviewed the case law of the International Court of Justice on the Italian Yearbook of International Law as well as, from 2008 to 2016, the activities of the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly for La Comunità Internazionale.

He is an active member of both the Italian and the European Society of International Law. In particular, he was among the co-founders of the Interest Group of the Italian Society of International Law on “Municipal Law and International Law”, which he chaired from 2016 to 2020. Also, he was member of the Organising Committee of the 13th ESIL Annual Conference on “Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law” (Naples, 7-9 September 2017) and co-editor of the conference proceedings “The Protection of General Interests in Contemporary International Law: A Theoretical and Empirical Inquiry (European Society of International Law Series, OUP, 2021)”.

He translated in Italian the UN Handbook “Basic Facts about the United Nations” (L’ABC delle Nazioni Unite, Editoriale Scientifica, 2012).


C. Conference presentations

He is regularly invited or selected to present or discuss papers in conferences and seminars, as well as to chair conference sessions, in Italy and abroad, which include the following:

  • NATO Workshop on Meaningful Human Control (Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics, 2021)
  • Webinar on “Autonomous Weapons Systems” (University of Verona, 2021)
  • Conference on “Science and Culture of Peace” (University of Naples Federico II, 2021)
  • Conference on “The Implementation in Italy of the Duties of Criminalization under International and EU Law” (Sant’Anna di Pisa / University of Westminster, 2020)
  • International Conference “Robots in Arms. On a Search for a Future Arms Control Regime to Regulate Autonomous Weapons” (Protestant Academy Loccum, Germany, 2020)
  • Conference on “Legal and Practical Solutions on the use of autonomous aerial, maritime and terrestrial systems in the civilian and military field” (University of Macerata, 2020)
  • Italian-American dialogues on Constitutionalism in the 21st Century (University of Parma, 2019)
  • 15th Edition of the Conference of Young International Law Scholars (University of Milan, 2019)
  • Conference on Autonomous Weapons Systems (University of Ferrara, 2019)
  • Book Launch: Duelling for Supremacy. International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, 2019)
  • Roundtable on the domestic implementation of the European Social Charter (University of Ferrara, 2018)
  • International Seminar on the Fight against Illegal Trade in Cultural Goods and their Destruction (National Archeological Museum of Naples, 2017)
  • 6th STS Italia Conference “Sociotechnical Environments” (University of Trento, 2016)
  • Conference on the Catalan Question organized by the Consell de diplomacia publica de Catalunya (University of Naples Federico II, 2016)
  • 2015 ESIL Research Forum at the European University Institute
  • International Conference on “The case of Crimea in the light of international law: its nature and implications” (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2015)
  • 10th Anniversary ESIL Conference on “International Law and… Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines” (University of Vienna, 2014)
  • Conference on “Multinational Enterprises and International Law: Obligations and Responsibilities (Roma Tre, 2013)
  • XII Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) (University of Pavia, 2013)
  • 2013 Annual Workshop of the ASIL “International Law in Domestic Court” Interest Group at the Yale University
  • 10th Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association at the Merton College (Oxford, 2010)

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