MILE Profile

Massimo Iovane
Federico II University of Naples, Department of Law
Current Research: 
Judicial activism, law-making by international tribunals, responsibility for violation of peremptory norms, international law on the use of armed force and national constitutions
Key Publications: 
“La participation de la société civile à l’élaboration et à l’application du droit international de l’environnement », in Revue générale de droit international public, 2008, pp.465-520; “
“Domestic Courts Should Embrace Sound Interpretative Strategies in the Development of Human Rights-Oriented International Law”, in A. Cassese (ed.) Realizing Utopia, The Future of International Law, 2012, pp. 607-625.
“The Universality of Human Rights and the International Protection of Cultural Diversity: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations”, in International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, 2007, p.231 ff.
La tutela dei valori fondamentali nel diritto internazionale, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2000.
The Ferrini Judgment of the Italian Supreme Court: Opening Up Domestic Court to Claims of Reparation for Victims of Serious Violations of Human Rights, in The Italian Yearbook of International Law, 2004, Leiden, 2005, p. 165 ss.
The role of public opinion and non-governmental organisations in the reconstruction of general international norms on the use of force, dans « International customary law on the use of force : a methodological approach”
Biography: 
Massimo Iovane has been Professor of Public International Law since 2000, and as of 2012 also holds the Chair in The International Protection of Human Rights at the Law Department of the Federico II University in Naples. Before taking this position he was Assistant Professor of EU Law at the Second University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (1992-1997) and Associate Professor of International Institutions at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Universities of Salerno (1994-1998) and Naples (1998-2000). He has also been Substitute Professor of Private International Law at the Universities LUISS "Guido Carli", Rome and the "Università di Napoli l'Orientale". Massimo Iovane studied Law at the Federico II University in Naples and obtained a PhD in Public International Law from the same University. He pursued his postgraduate studies at the Max-Planck-Institut in Heidelberg and Hamburg, and at the International and Comparative Law Institute in London. In 2001 he was appointed member of the Italian delegation to the UNGA Charter Committee, and he is currently co-editor of the Italian Yearbook of International Law. He was fellow at the International and Comparative Law Institute in London and professeur invité (2006 and 2009) at the Université de Paris-I "Panthéon-Sorbonne" and Paris-II "Panthéon-Assas". In 2011 he delivered a monographic course at the Hague Academy of International Law on the "Influence of International Tribunals on the Application of International Law". He has written extensively on the sources of international law, the international protection of human rights, the international responsibility of States, immunity from jurisdiction and on the role of domestic courts. He is a member of the Executive Board of the ESIL.