Alberto De Franceschi is a Research Fellow and an Aggregate Professor of Italian Private Law and of European Contract Law at the University of Ferrara.

From June 2015 to May 2017 he is a research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Law Faculty of the University Ludwig Maximilian of Munich.

Since October 2015 he is chairman of the European Law Institute’s “Digital Law” Special Interest Group.

Since 2016 he serves regularly as an advisor to the European Commission.

Since February 2016 he is one of the five experts of the Italian Ministry of Justice for “Digital Law” issues.

In his research, he focuses on Italian and European Contract Law, Internet Law, Consumer Law and European Civil Procedural Law.


Education and Professional Experience

Alberto studied law at Padua, Ferrara, Munich and Oxford. In 2010, he got his Dr. jur. from the University of Ferrara. In 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013, he was a scholarship holder of the Max Planck Society in the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of Munich. In 2013 and 2014 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law of the University of Oxford. Since 2013 he teaches Italian Private Law and European Contract Law at the University of Ferrara. In 2014 he was co-founder the Ferrara Forum on European Consumer and Market Law.


In 2015 Alberto De Franceschi has been awarded the DAAD-Ladislao-Mittner Award 2015 “for outstanding achievements in legal scholarship and for special merits concerning the cultural dialogue between Italy and Germany”.


Publications (selected)

  • A. De Franceschi (ed.), European Contract Law and the Digital Single Market: The Implications of the Digital Revolution, Intersentia, Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 2016, p. 1-266.
  • G. De Cristofaro and A. De Franceschi (ed.), Consumer Sales in Europe, Intersentia, Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 2016, 1-205.
  • EuCML – Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, Beck/Wolters Kluwer/Nomos (founding member and co-editor)
  • ItaLJ – The Italian Law Journal, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane (founding member and co-editor)
  • I limiti negoziali alla cessione del credito [Contractual restrictions on assignment of claims], Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Naples, 2014
  • Numerous contributions to handbooks, commentaries in Italian and international law journals in Italian, German and English.