Francesco Palermo

Francesco Palermo

Francesco Palermo

Head of Institute
Institute for Comparative Federalism

T 302 550 1740 93+


  • Comparative, Italian and European Constitutional Law
  • Federalism, Regionalism
  • Minority Issues
  • European Integration
  • Italian, European and Comparative Regional Law
  • Legal Terminology and Translation
  • Constitutional transition in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
  • Judicial review

Short bio

Francesco Palermo, PhD, is full professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Verona and Director of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen. He is president of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS), Constitutional Adviser to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, member and vice-president of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Previously he was senior legal adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, president of the Advisory Committee under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and a non-party member of the Italian Senate.

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"Democracy is risky"

Conversations between disciplines: interview with limnologist Roberta Bottarin and constitutionalist Francesco Palermo.