Born on March 15th, 1951, Prof. FRANCESCO SALERNO graduated in Law cum laude at the University of Florence on July 1st, 1974, with a final dissertation on Nuovi orientamenti in tema di adattamento dell'ordinamento italiano al diritto consuetudinario internazionale [“New Trends in the Relationship between National Law and International Customary Law”]. From 1975 to 1980 he was “assegnista di ricerca” [research fellow] in International Law, first at the University of Rome and then at the University of Florence. In 1978 he was granted a scholarship by the Netherlands government to attend the Hague Academy of International Law summer course on Public International Law. On August 1st, 1980, he became “ricercatore” [full time researcher] in International law. In 1987 he became Associate Professor of International Law at the Catanzaro Faculty of Law, where he was confirmed in 1990. In 1999 he was appointed "Straordinario" at the University of Ferrara, Faculty of Law, where he became Chair in 2003.
Prof. Salerno taught International Law and Private International Law at the University of Florence (in the Faculties of Law and Political Sciences) and at the University of Reggio Calabria (in the Faculty of Law of Catanzaro). He has been teaching in the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara International Law (since 1999), Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflicts (since 2008) and International Criminal Military Law (since 2013). In the same Faculty he also taught Private International Law (from 2001 untill 2007) and International Protection of Human Rights (from 2006 untill 2007). Prof. Salerno organised an International Symposium in memory of Gaetano Morelli on The Role of the International Judge in the Evolution of International and European Law (Crotone, Italy, 22-23 October 1993), a Symposium on International Conventions and National Laws in the Italian Statute on Private International Law (Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy, 30-31 May 1996), a Symposium on Human Rights, Extradition and Expulsion (Ferrara, Italy, 29-30 October 1999), a Symposium on The New Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights after Protocol No. 14 (Ferrara, Italy, 29-30 April 2005) and a Symposium on Security Council's "individual" measures and fundamental procedural guarantees (Ferrara, Italy, 12-13 December 2008). He also organised a Workshop on The Civil Status and the Italian Reform of International Private Law (Florence, 20 January 1996) and several summer courses of the "Fondazione Morelli", Centre for the Study of International Procedural Law and International Civil Procedure, including one on Fair Trial in the Perspective of the European Court of Human Rights (September 2006), one on Judicial Co-operation in Civil Matters within the European Judicial Space (September 2005) and one on Individual Applications Submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (September 2000). Prof. Salerno was responsible for international relations and for the Socrates program of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara for 10 years and was a member of the SBA Administrative Council, of the Research Council, and of the Deliberative Body of the University of Ferrara. He was also President of the "Fondazione Morelli", established in Crotone, and member of its Scientific Committee. He is currently a member of the Directive Council of the Ce.St.Int. “Centro Studi e Servizi sul diritto straniero e delle relazioni internazionali” and of the Law Department’s “Giunta” of the University of Ferrara. Throughout his career, Prof. Salerno received numerous local and national public funds for research (PRIN, FAR, CNR) and was in charge of several research teams. He is currently a member of the steering committee of the review “Diritti umani e diritto internazionale” and is a peer-reviewer for the review “Le nuove leggi civili commentate”.
Prof. Salerno is the author of a manual on public International law (F. Salerno, Diritto internazionale. Principi e norme, 2a edn, 2011, Padova: Cedam), of 3 books (F. Salerno, Giurisdizione ed efficacia delle decisioni straniere nel regolamento (CE) n. 44/2001 (La revisione della Convenzione di Bruxelles), Padova: Cedam, 2006; F. Salerno, La giurisdizione italiana in materia cautelare, Padova: Cedam, 1993; and F. Salerno, La regolamentazione internazionale dei rapporti di lavoro con imprese multinazionali. Milano: Giuffré, 1986) and of around ninety articles, dealing with issues ranging from public International law, private International law and EU Law. He is also editor (or co-editor) of seven books.

List of Relevant Intensive Courses and Speeches Delivered:
1) Discussant at the Conference "L'art. 11 della Costituzione baluardo della vocazione internazionale dell'Italia" [Art. 11 of the Italian Constitution bulwark of the international vocation of Italy], organised by the IAI, Rome, 27 November 2012;
2) Lesson on "Il Regolamento n. 2201/2003 in materia matrimoniale (c.d. Bruxelles II-bis). Ambito di applicazione - Criteri di competenza giurisdizionale” [EU Regulation Brussels II-bis. Scope of application and jurisdiction], in the framework of the Course “Diritto internazionale privato europeo della famiglia e dei minori” organised by AIAF Toscana and University of Florence, 9 November 2012;
3) Speech on "Dalla Convenzione di Ginevra ad oggi: il diritto del rifugiato" [Refugees rights from the Geneva Convention till today], in the framework of the Symposium "Mobilità, migrazione, diaspora: dilemmi etici, giuridici e sociali", University of Ferrara, 4 October 2012;
4) Conference on "Giurisdizione e legge applicabile in materia matrimoniale tra cittadini di diversa nazionalità" [Jurisdiction and applicable law in matrimonial matters], Associazione per la Formazione Forense del Sud della Toscana, 12 October 2012;
5) Speech on Regulation Brussels I recast, University of Milan, 18 June 2012
6) Speech on "L'armonia delle decisioni come principio generale dello spazio giudiziario europeo in materia civile e commerciale" [Harmony of decisions within the European judicial space in civil and commercial matters], University of Cagliari, 17 May 2012;
7) Seminar on "La coerenza del diritto internazionale ed il coordinamento tra le Corti internazionali" [Fragmentation of international law and the coordination among international courts], University of Bari, II Faculty of Law, Taranto, 3 April 2012;
8) Speech at the Round Table "La sentenza della Corte Internazionale di Giustizia del 3 febbraio 2012 sulle immunità giurisdizionali dello Stato (Germania contro Italia)” [The ICJ Judgment of 3 February 2012 on State immunities (Germany v. Italy)], University of Florence, 27 March 2012;
9) Lesson on "Freedom of Religion in the ECHR", Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 22 September 2011;
10) Speech at the Symposium organised by the Italian Society of International Law "Competenza giurisdizionale, riconoscimento delle decisioni e diritto all'equo processo" [Jurisdiction, Recognition of foreign judgments and right to a fair trial], University of Catania, 24 June 2011;
11) Speech on "L'affermazione del positivismo giuridico in Italia: il ruolo di Anzilotti e Perassi" [Legal positivism in Italy: the role of Anzilotti and Perassi], University Roma Tre, 25 May 2011;
12) Seminar on "La responsabilità dello Stato per attività internazionale di competenza delle Regioni" [The responsibility of the State for the international activities of Regions], Università della Magna Graecia, 7 April 2011;
13) Speech on "Il diritto dell'Unione Europea nel giudizio di costituzionalità" [EU Law before the Constitutional Court], University of Trieste, 24 September 2010;
14) Lesson on "Il divieto di respingimento degli asilanti" [The principle of non-refoulement], Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 16 September 2010;
15) Lesson on "La Procedura della Corte europea dei diritti dell’uomo" [The procedure before the European Court of Human Rights], Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 20 June 2010;
16) Seminar on "Prospettive attuali della tutela internazionale dei diritti dell'uomo" [The international protection of human rights today], Università della Magna Graecia, 2 May 2010;
17) Conference on: "Le black-list del Consiglio di sicurezza dell'ONU" [UN Security Council’s black-lists], University of Cagliari, 11 December 2009;
18) Lesson at the School of specialization for lawyers on "Il foro del contratto nell'art. 5 del regolamento CE n. 44/2001" [Forum contractus according to Article 5 of Regulation EC n. 44/2001], University of Cagliari, 10 December 2009;
19) Speech on "Coordinamento e primato tra giurisdizioni civili nella prospettiva della revisione del regolamento (CE) n. 44/2001" [Coordination beetween civil jurisdictions in the proposal Brussels I recast], University Carlo III of Madrid, 13 november 2009;
20) Lesson on "L’organo dello Stato nel diritto internazionale" [State’s organs in international law], Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 15 October 2009;
21) Speech at the International Symposium "Storia teoria e diritto internazionale" on "Genesi e limiti della nozione di organo nella dottrina internazionalista giuspositivista" [Genesis and limits of the notion of organs in legal positivism], University of Lecce, 22 May 2009;
22) Lesson on "La validità degli accordi internazionali conclusi dalle Regioni italiane" [The validity of international treaties concluded by the Italian Regions], Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 27 November 2008;
23) Speech at the Symposium "la CEDU e l'ordinamento italiano alla luce della recente giurisprudenza costituzionale" on "La garanzia costituzionale della CEDU" [The Constitutional guarantee of the ECHR], University of Catania, 13 June 2008 (afternoon);
24) Lesson on "Equo processo e mobilità dei giudicati: l'ordine pubblico processuale" [Fair trial and recognition of foreign judgments: the procedural public order], University of Catania, Faculty of Law of Ragusa, 13 June 2008 (morning);
25) Speech on the relationship between the ECHR and the Italian Constitution, Faculty of Law, University of Teramo, 6 May 2008;
26) Lesson on "L’adattamento al diritto internazionale" [The relationship between international law and municipal law], Doctoral School of International Law, Private Law and Labour Law of the University of Padova, 13 March 2008;
27) Seminar on La notificazione e l'assunzione di prove all'estero in materia civile [“The Service of Documents and the Taking of Evidence abroad in Civil Matters”], Torino, Associazione Italiana Magistrati Minorili, Sezione Piemonte-Valle d'Aosta, June 2006;
28) Lesson on Giusto processo e cooperazione giudiziaria comunitaria [“Fair Trial and European Judicial Co-operation”], Crotone, Fondazione Morelli, Summer Course on Il giusto processo nella prospettiva della Convenzione europea dei diritti dell’uomo [“Fair Trial in the Framework of the European Convention on Human Rights”], September 2006;
29) Intensive course on Techniques of International Human Rights Protection, Strasbourg, International Institute of Human Rights, July 2006;
30) Lessons on La disciplina comunitaria in tema di cooperazione giudiziaria in materia civile [“The European Judicial Co-operation in Civil Matters”], Macerata, “Scuola di specializzazione forense” of the University of Macerata, May 2006;
31) Speech on I criteri di giurisdizione comunitari in materia matrimoniale [“The European Rules on Jurisdiction in Matrimonial Matters”], University of Milano, Symposium on Lo scioglimento del matrimonio nei regolamenti europei. Da Bruxelles a Roma II [“Dissolution of Matrimonial Ties in the EC Regulations. From Brussels to Rome II”], February, 24th, 2006;
32) Lessons on Foro del contratto [“The Forum Contractus”] and on Giurisdizione in materia cautelare [“Jurisdiction to Deliver Provisional Measures”], University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Master on International Commercial Law, January 2006;
33) Seminar on Diritto processuale civile nella dimensione europea [“European Civil Procedure”], University of Bologna, December 2005;
34) Speech in the framework of the Symposium on Il diritto internazionale privato nel sistema comunitario [“European Private International Law”], University of Macerata, Institute of International Law and European Law, October 7th, 2005;
35) Lessons on Il riconoscimento delle decisioni in base al reg. 2201/2003 [“Recognition of Foreign Judgments according to Council (EC) Regulation No. 2201/2003”], on La giurisdizione cautelare [“Jurisdiction to Deliver Provisional Measures”], on La litispendenza internazionale e la connessione [“Lis pendens and related actions”] and on Il criterio generale di giurisdizione secondo il reg. 44/2001 [“The General Provisions on Jurisdiction of Council (EC) Regulation No. 44/2001”], Crotone, Fondazione Gaetano Morelli, Summer Course on Cooperazione in materia civile nello spazio giudiziario europeo [“Co-operation in Civil Matters within the European Judicial Space”], September 2005;
36) Lesson on La litispendenza internazionale e comunitaria [“International and European Lis Pendens”], University of Catania, Doctoral School in International Law, May 2005;
37) Report on Il regolamento 44/2001 e le più recenti soluzioni giurisprudenziali nazionali e comunitarie [“Council (EC) Regulation No. 44/2001 and the Most Recent Case-Law of the ECJ and of National Courts”], University of Genova, Roundtable on Recenti sviluppi della cooperazione giudiziaria europea [“Recent Developments of the European Judicial Co-operation”], April 2005;
38) Lessons on Le norme sulla giurisdizione – Il foro competente in materia di contratti [“Jurisdiction – The Forum Contractus”] and on Provvedimenti cautelari e giurisdizione comunitaria in material civile [“Provisional Measures and European Jurisdiction in Civil Matters”] University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Master on International Commercial Law, January 2005;
39) Lessons on "La Corte internazionale di giustizia principale organo giurisdizionale delle Nazioni Unite" [The ICJ as the main judicial organ of the UN], University of Siena, 7 December 2004;
40) Speech during the meeting/debate on Un diritto di famiglia modello europeo [“A European Family Law”], Tribunale di Firenze, October 25th, 2003;
41) Speech on Diritti dell’uomo e cooperazione giudiziaria in materia civile [“Human Rights and Judicial Co-operation in Civil Matters”], Università della Magna Grecia, Catanzaro, Workshop on Cooperazione giudiziaria in materia civile e diritti dell’uomo [“Judicial Co-operation in Civil Matters and Human Rights”], December 13rd, 2002;
42) Report on Criteri di competenza giurisdizionale, litispendenza e connessione nelle controversie in materia di scioglimento del vincolo matrimoniale [“Rules on Jurisdiction, Lis Pendens and Related Actions Concerning the Dissolution of Matrimonial Ties”], University of Genova, Symposium on La cooperazione giudiziaria in materia civile: dalle convenzioni ai regolamenti comunitari [“Judicial Co-operation in Civil Matters: from the Conventions to the EC Regulations”], March 30th, 2002;
43) Report on La competenza giurisdizionale: competenze speciali, competenza in materia di assicurazioni, di contratti conclusi dai consumatori e in materia di contratti individuali di lavoro; competenze esclusive [“Jurisdiction: Special Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction in Matters relating to Insurance, Jurisdiction over Consumer Contracts, Jurisdiction over Individual Contracts of Employment, Exclusive Jurisdiction”], Florence, Symposium on Il nuovo regolamento europeo sulla competenza giurisdizionale, il riconoscimento e l’esecuzione delle sentenze in materia civile e commerciale [“The New EC Regulation on Jurisdiction, on the Recognition and Enforcement on Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters”], March 9th, 2002;
44) Intensive course on The Brussels Convention of 1968, University of Trier, Socrates Program on European Conflict of Laws, April 1998.