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.
CV Daniele Amoroso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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
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,
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
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.
(Full list is available
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.
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.
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,
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