BELS welcomes Prof. Dr. Daniele Amoroso, University of Cagliari, as visiting professor in 2018

  • 28.08.18 17:58
  • Ahmed Tahar Benmaghnia

The BELS is glad to announce that Prof. Dr. Daniele Amoroso from the University of Cagliari (Italy), Department of Law, was appointed as visiting professor at BELS through decision of the presidency of Ostfalia University. Prof. Dr. Daniele Amoroso is researching at BELS on the subject: „The Legality of Autonomous Weapons Systems under International Law“ The topic is among others closely linked to artificial intelligence, digitization and disruptive technologies and fits to several research areas of BELS.

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  • J.D. (Department of Law, University of Naples, 2007, magna cum laude)
  • PhD (Law & Economics, Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Florence/Naples, 2012)


Daniele Amoroso is Associate Professor of International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Cagliari, where he teaches International and EU Law, International Economic Law, and International Environmental Law & Policy. From December 2013 to December 2016 he was Lecturer of Public International Law and Adjunct Professor of Private International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Naples Federico II.

He is Associate Editor of the Italian Yearbook of International Law and Member of the Editorial Committee of Giurisprudenza italiana, as well as Reporter for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC). He is member of the Board of the PhD Course in Economic Law at the University of Naples Federico II. From 2012 to 2014 he acted as Scientific Secretary of the PhD Course in Law & Economics at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (Florence/Naples).

In 2010 he was visiting fellow at the Leiden Law School, where he mainly carried out independent research for his monograph, published in 2012, concerning the judicial activity of domestic courts on political issues of international relevance (Insindacabilità del potere estero e diritto 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 is currently chairing. Also, he was member of the Organising Committee of the 13th ESIL Annual Conference (Naples, 7-9 September 2017).

In 2017, he joined the Böll Foundation’s “Task Force on Disruptive Technologies and 21st Century Warfare”. In the same year, he was admitted as a member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC).

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-). In 2016, he taught at the International Human Rights Summer School, which took place at the University of Vilnius “Mykolas Romeris” from 19 to 27 July. In 2014 and 2016, he was invited to deliver lectures on Human Rights and Security Law at the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa). In the academic year 2016/2017, he taught International and EU Cultural Heritage Law at the M.A. in Archeology of the University of Cagliari.

He translated in Italian the UN Handbook “Basic Facts about the United Nations” (L’ABC delle Nazioni Unite, Editoriale Scientifica, 2013)


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 lately autonomous weapons systems. He authored one monograph, around 20 articles and chapters in edited books, and several minor works which include encyclopaedia entries, case notes, and book reviews. He has published in world-renowned peer-reviewed journals such as the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Chinese Journal of International Law, and Global Jurist, as well as in prominent Italian reviews (the Italian Yearbook of International Law, Questions of International Law, Giurisprudenza italiana, Rivista di diritto internazionale e processuale, Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, La Comunità internazionale).

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 in 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 regularly invited or selected to present papers in conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad, including the International Seminar on the Fight against Illegal Trade in Cultural Goods and their Destruction (National Archeological Museum of Naples, 2017), the 6th STS Italia Conference “Sociotechnical Environments” (University of Trento, 2016), the Conference on the Catalan Question organised by the Consell de diplomacia publica de Catalunya (University of Naples Federico II, 2016), the 2015 ESIL Research Forum at the European University Institute, the 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), the 2013 Annual Workshop of the ASIL “International Law in Domestic Court” Interest Group at the Yale University, and the 10th Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association at the Merton College (Oxford, 2010).

He took part, as Member of the Research Unit, to the FIR Project “Migration Policies and Legal Transplant in the Mediterranean Area” (2012-2015). He is also member of the Research Group working on the Project “Credit Rate Agencies and the Financial Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective”, financed by the Fondazione di Sardegna.

Selected publications

(Full list is available here )

Monographs, Reports and Edited Volumes

Amoroso D., Sauer F., Sharkey N., Suchman L. and Tamburrini G. (2018). Autonomy in Weapon Systems The Military Application of Artificial Intelligence as a Litmus Test for Germany’s New Foreign and Security Policy, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

Amoroso D., Bruno G.C., Palombino F.M. (2016). Migration and Development. Some Reflections on Current Legal Issues. CNR Edizioni, Rome

Amoroso D. (2012). Insindacabilità del potere estero e diritto internazionale (Non-justiciability of foreign affairs and International Law). Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli



Amoroso D., Giordano B. (forthcoming). Who is to Blame for Autonomous Weapons Systems’ Misdoings? In E. Carpanelli and N. Lazzerini (eds.), New Technologies as Legal Challenges for International and European Law, Springer 

Amoroso D. (forthcoming). Whither the Principle of Self-Determination in the Post-Colonial Era? Building the Case for a Policy-Oriented Approach. PALESTINE YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

Amoroso D. (forthcoming). Italy. In F.M. Palombino (ed.), Duelling for Supremacy: International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles, Cambridge University Press

Amoroso D. (2017). Muddying the “Bright Lines”: the Crimean Claim to Self-Determination in a Policy-Oriented Perspective, in W. Czapliński et al. (eds.), Crimea: Two Years After, Scholar, p. 109-136

Amoroso D. (2017). Jus in Bello and Jus ad Bellum Arguments Against Autonomy in Weapons Systems: A Re-Appraisal. QUESTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 5-31

Amoroso D., Tamburrini G. (2017). The Ethical and Legal Case Against Autonomy in Weapons Systems. GLOBAL JURIST, p. 1-20

Amoroso D. (2016). Armed Opposition Groups’ (And Foreign Fighters’) Abidance by International Human Rights Law: The Issue of Compliance in Syria and Iraq, in A. de Guttry, C. Paulussen, F. Capone (eds.), Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond, T.M.C. Asser Press, p. 205-226

Amoroso D. (2015). Judicial Abdication in Foreign Affairs and the Effectiveness of International Law. CHINESE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 99-134

Amoroso D. (2014). The Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice in 2013: Procedural Law Issues Before the ICJ. THE ITALIAN YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 325-351

Amoroso D., Palombino F.M. (2014). Diplomatie, in P. Mbongo, F. Hervouët, C. Santulli (eds.), Dictionnaire encyclopédique de l'Etat, p. 241-246

Amoroso D. (2013). The Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice during 2012: a Year of Human Rights Cases. ITALIAN YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 223-243

Amoroso D. (2011). Moving towards complicity as a criterion of attribution of private conducts: imputation to states of corporate abuses in the US case-law. LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 989-1007

Amoroso D. (2010). A Fresh Look at the Issue of Non-Justiciability of Defence and Foreign Affairs. LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, p. 933-948

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