Alberto De Franceschi is Full Professor of Private Law, Intellectual Property Rights and Environmental Law at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Ferrara, where he serves as Deputy Rector.

In the Academic year 2021/2022 he is also Visiting Professor of Law and Technology at the Law Faculty of the Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (China) and Global Law Professor of Digital Law facing the Sustainability Challenge at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

He earned a four year Degree in Law (Laurea in Giurisprudenza) from the University of Padova and a PhD in Law of Obligations and Contracts from the University of Ferrara. He was scholarship holder of the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Istitute for Innovation and Competition (2008-2013) and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2015-2017), Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford (2014) and at the European University Institute (2019).

He is co-chairman of the European Law Institute’s Digital Law Special Interest Group and of the European Law Institute’s Environmental Law Special Interest Group.

He is co-author of the European Commission’s Study for the Fitness Check of EU Consumer and Marketing Law.

Since 2021, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Justice, he takes part in the UNCITRAL – Working Group IV on E-Commerce.

Since 2022 he is delegate of the Italian Government at the G7 Digital and Technology.

He served (2016-2021) as an expert to the Italian Ministry of Justice for the adoption at EU level and the implementation into national law of the EU Directive 2019/770 on Supply of Digital Content and Digital Services and 2019/771 on the Sales of Goods.

In 2019 and 2020 he served as a Member of the National University Council at the Italian Ministry of University and Research, representing the Area of Legal Sciences.

He contributed both as a trainer and as a scientific coordinator to courses of the Italian School of the Judiciary.

He is involved since 2019 in the “EJNita” project, funded by the European Commission and led by the Italian Ministry of Justice, aimed at fostering the knowledge of European rules on judicial cooperation in civil matters.

He was 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”.

He is founding member and co-editor of the «Journal of European Consumer and Market Law» (C.H. Beck, Munich / Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rijn / Nomos, Baden-Baden) and of «The Italian Law Journal» (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Naples).

His research deals with Italian and European Law Obligations and Contracts, with a specific focus on the regulation of the digital economy and on the environmental sustainability.


Publications (selected)


  • A. De Franceschi, I divieti negoziali di cessione del credito, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 2014.
  • A. De Franceschi, La circolazione dei dati personali tra privacy e contratto, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 2017.
  • A. De Franceschi, La vendita di beni con elementi digitali, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 2019.


Edited Collections

  • A. De Franceschi (ed.), European Contract Law and the Digital Single Market: The Implications of the Digital Revolution, Intersentia, Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 2016.
  • G. De Cristofaro and A. De Franceschi (ed.), Consumer Sales in Europe, Intersentia, Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 2016.
  • A. De Franceschi and R. Schulze (eds.), Digital Revolution - New Challenges for Law, Beck - Nomos, Munich - Baden-Baden, 2019.
  • C. Busch and A. De Franceschi (eds.), Algorithmic Regulation and Personalized Law. A Handbook, Beck - Hart - Nomos, Munich - Oxford - Baden-Baden, 2021.



  • EuCML – Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, C.H. Beck/Kluwer Law International/Nomos (founding member and co-editor).
  • ItaLJ – The Italian Law Journal, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane (founding member and co-editor).