Francesco Biagi

Visiting Professor of Law


Francesco Biagi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the University of Bologna’s School of Law, and Researcher at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and the University of Bologna). From October 2015 to January 2017 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (Heidelberg), where he now works as a legal consultant. Biagi obtained a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Ferrara after graduating in Law from the University of Bologna. In 2015 and 2017 he was Visiting Professor at the College of Law of the University of Illinois, and in 2012 he was visiting scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City. He is the author of a book on the role of Constitutional Courts in the processes of transition to democracy (Corti costituzionali e transizioni democratiche. Tre generazioni a confronto, il Mulino 2016), as well as several articles and book chapters focusing on transitions to democracy, constitution-building, forms of government, constitutional justice, electoral justice, and federalism. He also coedited a book with Justin O. Frosini on “Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors” (Routledge 2015). He presented his works in these fields in many national and international conferences. In 2017 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification to become Associate Professor of Comparative Law.


PhD University of Ferrara, Italy
BA, JD University of Bologna, Italy



Comparative Constitutional Law