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Education, Honors and Awards, Employment, Visiting Appontments, Profesional Activities, Field Research in Comparative Law, Corses Taught, Accademic Reference in the USA,


1980, London School of Economics, Modern English Law Program. Certificate awarded with distinction and merit.
1982, Facult‚ Internationale de Droit Compar‚, Strasbourg, France. Diplome de deuxiŠme Cycle.
1983, Facolt… di Giurisprudenza, Universita di Torino, Laurea in Giurisprudenza.
1989, Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley, LL.M.

1983, Degree Dottore in Giurisprudenza awarded summa cum laude; ranked first in a class of over 1500.
Thesis on Comparative Environmental Law awarded "Dignita' di Stampa" (literaly "worthy of publication," an honor given to the best thesis by the Faculty of Law, University of Torino.
1984, "Duilio Miccoli Fellowship" by the Institute of Comparative Law "A.Sraffa", Universit… Bocconi,Milano.
"Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche" Fellowship, Roma.
1985, "L.Einaudi" Fellowship, Roma.
1986, "L.Einaudi" Fellowship regranted.
1987, "Fulbright" Fellowship.
1988, "Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche" Fellowship, Roma.
1989, "Consiglio Nazionale delle Recerche" Fellowship, Roma.
1992, Dining Privileges at Trinity College, Cambridge.
1993, "Fulbright Senior Fellowship".
1994, Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law.
1994, Order of The Coif.

1985-1986: Lecturer in Civil Law, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Universita' di Trento.
1987-1990: Assistant Professor of Comparative Law, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Universita' di Trento .
1990-1994: Professor of Comparative Law, University of Trento, Italy.
1994-1997: Professor of Civil Law, University of Trento, Italy.
1992-present: Professeur Regulier Faculte' Internationale Droit Compare', Strasbourg.
1997-present: Professor of Civil Law, University of Torino, Italy
1994-present: Alfred and Hanna Fromm Professor of International and Comparative Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

1984-1985: Visiting Scholar, Civil Liability Associate, Yale Law School.
199O and 1992 (summer): Visiting Scholar University of Cambridge, England, Vacation Visitor (Wolfson College).
1993 (fall): Visiting Professor, University of California, Hastings  College of Law.
1993 (spring) Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, International and Area Studies Program.
1995 (spring) : Visiting Professor, Scuola Specializzazione Diritto Scambi Transnazionali, Universita' di Torino.
 1995 and 1996  (January)  Visiting Professor, University of Montpellier, France.
 1995 (February) Visiting Fellow, Norwegian Academy of Science, Oslo.

Editorial Activities

1985-1987 : Member Board of Editors, Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza. (Italian review on tort law)
1990-1995 : Member Board of Editors, Quadrimestre, Rivista Di Diritto Privato. (Italian review on general private law)
1995-present : Member Board of Directors, Rivista Critica Diritto Privato. (Italian review on general private law)
1990-present: Co-editor: “The Cardozo Lectures in Law” (See Cardozo Law Review, 1995)
1991-present : Member Board of Editors, The International Review of Law and Economics.
1994-present: Co-general editor “The Common Core of European Private Law Project”  see 2 European Review of Private Law, 485 (1995).
1995-present: Co-editor “Non Solo Occidente.Studies on Legal Pluralism”
1995-present: Co Editor in Chief “ The Cardozo Electronic Law Bullettin”
1997-present: Editor, The American Journal of Comparative Law.

Other professional activities

1991-present : Member of the Comparative Law and Economics Forum.
1994-present: Member Board of Directors, American Society of Comparative Law.
1990-1994: Faculty Delegate for the European Erasmus Exchange Program, University of Trento.
1996-present: Member Advisory Board The New Palgrave A Dictionary of Economics and the Law.
1996-present: Member of the Tecnical Committee for the Cooperation with the Law School of the University of Asmara, Eritrea.

1986: People's Republic of Congo, Research on Land Law funded by the Minister of Public Instruction. Université M. Nguabi Brazzaville.
1988: Israel, Research on the Codification process funded by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.
1989: Republic of Somalia, Research on Land Law and panelist at the economy and development section of the International Conference of Somali Studies.
1990: Japan, Research on Patterns of Law funded by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. Tokyo University.
1993: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan: Research on Law in Transition. Funded by Italian Ministry of Scientific Research.
1996: Eritrea: Legal studies in a developing country. Funded by University of Trento
1997: Russian Federation: Property law for market development. Funded by Soros Foundation.

General courses.
Property, Contracts, Torts, Comparative Law, Anglo-American Law, Introduction to African Law, Introduction to Post-Socialist Law at Trento.
Comparative Law, Law and Economics, Comparative Law and Economics, Legal Transplants at Hastings College of Law.
European Law Politics and Institutions at Berkeley.
Introduction to Law and Economics at  Montpellier
Introduction to Anglo-American Law, Property and Trust at Strasbourg
Anglo-American Law and Property at Torino.

Invited lectures, Faculty Workshops and other presentations:
Presentations have been delivered at a number of Universities including:
Columbia Law School; New York University Law School; University of California Berkeley School of Law; University of Illinois at Urbana School of Law; University of Paris 1 (Pantheon Sorbonne); University of Regensburg (Germany); University of Oslo (Norway); University of Budapest (Hungary); University of Uppsala (Sweden); State University of Moskow (Russia); Universities of Rome, Naples, Salerno, Genova, Palermo (Italy); University of Leuvain La Neuve (Belgium); Tilburg University (Holland).

Books, Articles and Chapters of Books in English , Articles in Italian Law Reviews, Articles In Encyclopedias, Case Notes and Other Short Pieces, Book Reviews, Translations and Other Editorial Activities, Book Reviews Received English Language Projects in Progress
1.TUTELA INIBITORIA E TUTELA RISARCITORIA, Milano, Giuffre' 1987, pages 420. (A comparison of property rules and liability rules to protect property rights in Italy and the U.S.A.)
2.STARE DECISIS, Milano, Guiffre' 1988, pages 360. (A discussion on the force of precedents in American Law with particular focus on the role of legal scholarship and of published materials in the working of the system.)
3.COMMON LAW, Torino, UTET, 1992, pages 450 a general view of Anglo-american law seen from the perspective of a civil lawyer. The book is included in the Treatise on Comparative Law Edited by Professor Rodolfo Sacco.
4.LA PROPRIETA' IMMOBILIARE, Torino, Giappichelli, 1993, pages 350. The Italian Law of Immovable Property in a Comparative Law and Economics perspective.
5. IL MODELLO DI COMMON LAW, Torino Giappichelli, 1996, pages 200, in SISTEMI GIURIDICI COMPARATI, Procida Mirabelli di Lauro (Ed). A short comparative discussion of the common law tradition.
6. COMPARATIVE LAW AND ECONOMICS, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press, 1997.
7. INTRODUZIONE BREVE AL DIRITTO COMPARATO, (With P.G. Monateri), Padova, CEDAM 1997. A short Introduction to Comparative Law.

1."Socialist and Non-Socialist approaches to Land Law,  Continuity and Change in Somalia and other African States", Review of Socialist Law (1990) 17-55.
2 " Efficiency in Legal Transplants: An Essay in Comparative law and Economics", 14 International Review of Law and Economics, 1994, 3.
3. "Dissimilar Form Similar Substance? An Economic Framework for Western Property Law", in  European Legal Tradition and Israel, A.M. Rabello (ed.) 1994.
4. "Efficiency as Equity: Further Steps in Comparative Law and Economics", in 18 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 157 (1994).
5. "Why the Wind Changed: Intellectual Leadership in Western Law", The American Journal of Comparative Law, 195, (1994).
6. With Michele Graziadei, "Civil Liability of Judges in Italy: A new  Statute", The American Journal of Comparative Law (1990) 103-127.
7. With Francesco Pulitini, "A Competitive Model of Legal Rules", in Breton-Whinthrobe-Galeotti-Salmon (eds.), "THE COMPETITIVE STATE", Kluwer, (1991).
8. With Roberto Pardolesi,"Economic Analysis of Law in Civil Law Countries. A Comparative Law Approach", 11 International Review of Law and Economics, 265-275 (1991).
9. With Antonio Gambaro and Albina Candian,"The Law of Property in Italy,", I, A.PZZORUSSO (ed.) Italian Studies in Law, (1992).
10. With James Gordley, "Protecting Possession ", The American Journal of Comparative Law,1995.
11. With Mauro Bussani, "Making The Other Path Efficient. Economic Analysis and Tort Law in Less Developped Countries in E. Buscaglia-R.Cooter (Eds.) LAW AND ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT, JAI press (1997).
12. " The New Ethiopian Constitution. First Thoughts on Ethnic Federalism and the Reception of Western Law" in E.Grande (Ed.) TRANSPLANTS INNOVATION AND LEGAL TRADITION IN THE HORN OF AFRICA, ' ‘Harmattan” (1995).
13. “ The Comparative Law and Economics of Penalty Clauses in Contract”, The American J. of Comparative Law, 1995 ( Festshrift for Rudolf B.Schlesinger).
14. With Gianmaria Ajani, “Reforming Property Law in the Process of Transition. Some Suggestions from Comparative Law and Economics”, 18 Hastings Int. and Comp. Law Rev ( 1996).
15.  Three Patterns of Law. Taxonomy and Change in The World’s Legal Systems. Am.J. Comp. Law 1997
16. Economic Analysis and European Legal Scholarship, in Simoni-Cameron (Eds) Dealing With Integration, Iustus Ferlag, Uppsala, 1996
17. With Mauro Bussani: The Common Core Approach to European Private Law, Columbia Journal of European Law 1997 (forthcoming).
18. with Henry Hansmann: The Function of Trust Law. A Legal and Economic Analysis, New York University Law Rev. 1998 (forthcoming)
19 Trust Law in The United States. U.S. Nationa Report at the Comparative Law Congress, Bristol 1998 ( forthcoming  Special Isue of American J. Comparative Law).

1." I modelli nella tutela dell ambiente", Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1985 II, 389.
2." Diritto e rimedio nell' esperienza Italiana ed in quella   Statunitense: un primo aproccio", Quadrimestre, 1987,341.
3." Forma e contratto di assicurazione nell' esperienza Statunitense", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza, 1988,610.
4." L' imperialismo del Writ of Certiorari: il tramonto della giurisdizione obbligatoria nella U.S.Sureme Court", Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1990, I, 131.
5." Ripensando il rapporto fra diritto inglese e diritto americano: l'esempio dei Torts", Quadrimestre, 1991.
6." La successione contro la volonta' del testatore: radici profane di una contrapposizione sacra fra common law e sistemi romanisti" in Studi in Onore di Rodolfo Sacco (1994).
7." Verso una tripartizione non eurocentrica dei sistemi giuridici" in Studi in Memoria di Gino Gorla (1994).
8." Etnocentrismo, neutralita' discriminazione: tensioni nel diritto occidentale", Giurisprudenza Italiana. (1994).
9." Ai confini della Terra Promessa. Immigrazione, poverta', razzismo ed i limiti del diritto", Foro Italiano, 1992, V, 458.
10. with Michele Graziadei," Il Code Domanial et Foncier della Reubblica Popolare del Congo", Rivista di Diritto Civile 1987 I,77.
11. Analisi Economica Giuridica e Comparata delle Clausole Penali nei Contratti, Rivista Critica Diritto Privato, 1996
12. Alcune Riflessioni su Struttura Proprietaria e Mercato, Rivista Critica Diritto Privato, 1996

1."Assicurazione (diritto comparato)" Digesto IV (1987).
2."Comunione (diritto comparato)" Digesto IV (1988).
3."Errore e raggiro nei contratti (diritto comparato)" Digesto IV (1992) .
4."Editoria Giuridica nei Sistemi di Common Law" Digesto IV (1992).
5."Immissioni" Digesto IV (1993).
6. with Elisabetta Grande, "Gran Bretagna e Irlanda (Regno Unito di)" Digesto IV (1993).
7. "Precedente Giudiziario negli Stati Uniti" in Atlante di Diritto Comparato, Zanichelli, Bologna, 1993.
8. "Precedente Giudiziario" Digesto IV.
9. With Luisa Antoniolli “Nuova Zelanda” in Digesto IV.
10. Proprieta’ , in Digesto IV
11. Restatement, in Digesto IV
12. Rule of Law, in Digesto IV
13. Statutes, in Digesto IV
14. Property Rights in Civil Law, in The New Palgrave. A Dictionary of Economics and the Law, (forthcoming)
15. With Fabrizio Cafaggi Comparative Law and Economics, in The New Palgrave. A Dictionary of Economics and the Law, (Forthcoming).

1."Chiosa in tema di patenti conseguite all' estero" Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza, 1984, 236.
2."Considerazioni intorno agli obblighi del datore di lavoro ex art.2087 Cod.Civ. alla luce dell'assicurazione obbligatoria contro gli infortuni sul lavoro e le malattie professionali", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza" 1984, 354.
3."Problemi nell' interpretazione dell' art. 844 Cod.Civ.", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza, 1984, 524.
4."Ratio Decidendi ed obiter dicta in una decisione dell' appello di Milano", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza, 1984, 410.
5."Consenso viziato, lesione e abuso della controparte", Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1984, II, 400; updated in Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1988, II,653.
6.With Pier Giuseppe Monateri,"Della vocazione della nostra epoca per l'allargamento delle giurisdizioni speciali", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza, 1984, 537.
7. With Michele Graziadei,"L'insegnamento del diritto comparato", Rivista Trimestrale di Diritto e Procedura Civile, 1986, 731.
8."Sistemologia" in P.CENDON (ed.) Che cos'e' il Diritto Comparato? Intervista a Rodolfo Sacco, Giuffre',Milano,1992
9. "Attrazione Fatale", Giurisprudenza Italiana, 1994, V.
10. With P.G.Monateri, "Faculty Recruitment in Italy. Two sides of the Moon", 41 The American Journal of Comparative Law, 427 (1993).
11. “ Rudolf Schlesinger e la Scienza Giuridica, Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1995.
12. The Copernican Revolution in Legal Science. In Loving Memory of Rudolf B.Schlesinger, Hastings Int. and Comp. Law Review 1997.

1."R.B.SCHLESINGER,H.W.BAADE, M.R.DAMASKA, P.E.HERZOG, Comparative Law", Rivista di Diritto Civile, 1989, I,189.
2."Il Giudice e le scelte difficili, lezioni da Israele, (A.BARAK,Judicial Discretion)" Foro Italiano 1989,V,509.
3."M.A.EISENBERG, The Nature of The Common Law", Quadrimestre,199O,423.
4."C.C.ROSSELLO, Il Danno Evitabile", Quadrimestre ,1991,(Forthcoming).
5.With Pier Giuseppe Monateri, "CALABRESI-BOBBIT, Scelte Tragiche", Responsabilita' Civile e Previdenza,1986 731.

1.With Antonio Gambaro, Editors of the Italian translation of G. GILMORE,The Ages of American Law, Milano,Giuffre,1988 (with an introductory essay by Gambaro and Mattei).
2.With P.G. Monateri, General Editors of The "Cardozo Lectures in Law" a series organized annually at the University of Trento in which distinguished scholars are invited. Vol.I. R. SACCO, Modelli Notevoli di Societa', Padova, Cedam, 1991 (with an introductory essay by Mattei and Monateri).
Vol II. G.FLETCHER, Introduzione elementare alla Scienza Giuridica, Padova, Cedam, 1993 (with an Introductory essay by Mattei and Monateri). Vol III. S. RODOTA', Diritto e Politica, (Forth). Vol IV D.KENNEDY, Critica della Decisione Giudiziaria, (Forth).
3.With Francesco Pulitini Editors of the book, AMBIENTE,CONCORRENZA CONSUMATORE. Analisi Economica del Diritto, Milano Giuffre', 1994.
4.With Antonio Gambaro, Editors of the Italian translation of A.BARAK, Judicial Discretion, Milano, Giuffre' 1994 (forth. with an introductory essay by Gambaro and Mattei).
5.With P.G.Monateri, Editors of the Symposium Selecting Minds, 41 American Journal of Comparative Law (1993).

1. U. Scarpelli,(Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Milano) "Tutti gli uomini del Precedente", Mondo Economico, April 1989 (Book review of Mattei,1988).
2. U. Scarpelli, "Quando la proprieta'costa (agli altri)", Mondo Economico, June 1989 (Book Review of Mattei,1987).
3. U.Scarpelli "Il civil law e' in crisi? Meglio il common law", Mondo Economico, Sett. 1992 ( Book Review of mattei 1992).
4. G.Rodano,(Professor of Economics, University of Catania), "Regole giuridiche ed efficienza del mercato: riflessioni di un economista su un libro di Diritto Comparato", Rivista Critica Diritto Privato, 1989,293 (book review of Mattei, 1987).
5. F.Pulitini,(Professor of Economics,University of Siena),"A Proposito della nota di G.Rodano su un libro di U.Mattei",Rivista Critica Diritto Privato,1990,887 (book review of Mattei,1987).
6. G.Rouhette,(Professor of Law, University of Marseille,France),"U.MATTEI, Stare Decisis, Rev. Int.Droit Comp.4,1990,1382" (in french).
7. P.Legrand,(University of Tilburg) The Common Law Mentalite': An Italian Primer, 13 Legal Studies 1993, 271 (Book Review of Mattei 1992 in English).
8. P. Brietzke, (Valparaiso University), Book Review of Comparative Law and Economics, forthcoming Valparaiso Law Review
9.  T.Ulen, ( University of Illinois), Book Review of Comparative Law and Economics, forthcoming The American J. Comp. Law.


1. book: PRINCIPLES OF WESTERN PROPERTY LAW. This book, co-authored with Professor James Gordley of Berkeley, is an attempt to discuss the land law of five different legal systems within a unitary problematic framework. It focuses on U.S., English, Italian, French and German Land Law. Each chapter will conatin comparative historical discussion followed by an attempt to find common principles.

2. general co-editorship: THE COMMON CORE OF EUROPEAN PRIVATE LAW.
This project involves leading legal scholars from each of the fifteen E.C. Member States to examine the three fields of Contract, Property, and Tort law. Its ambition is to follow the path of the Cornell Project on Formation of Contract opening its scope beyond contract law. On the other hand, the focus will be only on E.U. Member States in order to take full account of the European legislation. A first working seminar, with leading representative from Italy, France, Germany and the U.K., took place at the University of Trento for june 1994. After the selection of all the participants and the subdivision in three working groups (property, cotract, tort) the first and the second general meetings to discuss a draft questionnaires have been held again in Trento in July 1995 and July 1996. The thirs general meeting to discuss answers is scheduled for july 1997. A multi-volume book should be produced out of this. The scholarly ambition of this work is to carry a step foreward the path breaking methodological experience of the Cornell seminars by taking profit from thirty years of developments in comparative scholarhip.

3. THE WESTERN LEGAL TRADITION. A book with P.G. Monateri which sets together an abridged and adapted translation of my book COMMON LAW with a treatment of the civil law tradition.

4. Basic Principles of Property Law. A Contract was signed with the Soros Foundation in Budapest to produce this book that together with one by George Fletcher on Criminal Law will be translated in Russian and other eastern European languages and annotated with the law of those countries by local scholars.

The following American colleagues know my work and may be contacted to obtain written or oral evaluation of my standing as a scholar.
1. Professor Guido Calabresi, Yale Law School.
2. Professor James Gordley, U.C. Boalt Hall.
3. Professor Robert Cooter, U.C. Boalt Hall.
4. Professor Richard Buxbaum, Dean International and Area Studies Berkeley. Editor In Chief, The American Journal of Comparative Law..
5. Professor Rudolf B.Schlesinger, University of California, Hastings College of Law