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Amedeo Santosuosso


Amedeo Santosuosso is among the founders and President of the Interdepartmental Research Centre European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies (ECLT), University of Pavia, since its foundation.

Curriculum vitae

• He was a Judge at the Court of Milan from 1978 to 2004. Springtime 2004 he was appointed Judge at the Milano Court of Appeal, where he has served in the 2 Civil Division and in the specialized chamber on Intellectual Property Rights.
• Since 1997 he has cooperated with the Scientific Committee of the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (The Higher Council of the Judiciary) in teaching and in the organization of courses on biotechnology and bioethics. He is author of the project on "Education in Bioethics", approved by the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (November 1998).
• He took part in the ad hoc committee on Hydration and Nutrition in PVS patients
, set up by the Italian Minister of Health in October 2000, and in the ad hoc committee on Transplants from living donors, set up by the Minister of Health in March 2001.
• December 2006 he was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Commission on End of Life Decisions
(Ministry of Health).
• June 2009 he was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Commission on Embrioni Crioconservati nei Centri Di P.M.A.
(Ministry of Health).
• Since the Academic Year 2001-2002 he has been Professor (annual post) at the State University of Milan, Faculty of Law (Chair of Constitutional Law), and has taught a course on Le nuove dimensioni della libertà personale
(New aspects of personal freedom).
• Since the Academic Year 2004-2005 he has been professor of Law Science, New Technologies
at the Faculty of Law, University of Pavia.
• He taught Science and Law
at the International PhD course, Foundations of Life Science and Their Ethical Consequences, a joint program of University of Milano and European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM).
• He was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Boston College Law School (February-March 2005 and March-April 2007).
• He was heard at the Parliamentary Hearing on the Bill C. 2058 Palagiano e C. 4308 Farina Coscioni, "Disposizioni per consentire l’impianto degli embrioni abbandonati giacenti presso i centri italiani di procreazione medicalmente assistita"
, 14 December 2011(XII Commission).
• He has been member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics since 1992.
• Editorial Board Member for Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, BioMed Central.
• He participates (2011-12) in the European Robotics Coordination Action (euRobotics)
and is actively working at a draft of Green Paper on "A legal framework for robotics in Europe".

Congresses and meetings

He has acted as speaker, chairman or organizer in many national and international Congresses and meetings:
• Speaker at the First International Working Conversations on Enviro/Genetics Issues
, Kona, Haway, 30 June – 4 July 2001;
• Organizer and speaker at the International meeting Bioethical Matters and the Courts: do Judges Make Law?
Milano, 30 November – 1 December 2001;
• Speaker at the International Conference on Juridical and Psychosocial Implications of Human Genetics
, Roma, 22 – 23 March 2002;
• Speaker at the International symposium Population Genomics and the Law
, organized by European School of Genetic Medicine and University of Bologna, Bologna, 23 March 2002;
• Speaker at the Courts Second International Working Conversations on Biotechnology Issues: Acquisition of Life Sciences & Technologies Information By Courts and Related Tribunals
, Ottawa, 14 – 17 June 2002;
• Organizer and speaker at the International seminar, Science before the Courts
, Pavia, 3 – 4 June 2003;
• Speaker at the Seminario Las Ciencias Biomédicas y el Derecho
, Santiago de Chile, 17 – 18 – 19 August 2004;
• Organizer and speaker at the First ENLSC Seminar for judges from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia on present-day biological issues, Judges confront Genetics. Genetics and its applications in the sphere of justice
, Belgrade, 7 – 9 July 2004;
• Organizer and speaker at the ENLSC Seminar for judges from Albania on present-day biological issues Judges confront Genetics. Genetics and its applications in the sphere of justice
, Tirana, 22 – 23 October 2004;
• Organizer and speaker at the meeting The social and cultural implications of genetics and the legal regulation. A dialogue East-West-South Europe on hot science-law topics
, Pavia , 19 – 20 November 2004;
• Organizer and speaker at the First Seminar for judges and prosecutors from European countries on Hot genetic issues and the Courts
, Collegio Ghislieri and University of Pavia (in cooperation with the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura and the European Judicial Training Network), Pavia, 7 – 10 September 2005;
• Organizer and speaker at the First International Seminar for judges from Serbia-Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina on Life sciences and the Courts in the Western Balkans
, in cooperation with the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 17 – 19 November 2005;
• Director of the Course Ciencias de La Vida y el Derecho
– CU06069, Consejo General del Poder Judicial, Madrid (E), 25 – 27 September 2006;
• Speaker at the International Seminar Matters of Life and Death: religion and Law at the Crossroads
, Boston College Law School, 20 March 2007;
• Organizer and speaker at the international meeting The cultural implications of genetics and legal regulation. A Eastern – Western – Southern Europe dialogue and a long-term project for a stable cooperation
, in cooperation with UNESCO – BRESCE, University of Pavia, 14 – 15September 2007;
• Speaker at the International conference Proteomics in the Courts
, organized by the Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, 8 – 10 October 2007;
• Speaker at the Symposium Biotechnology and Law
, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, 16 – 17 June 2006;
• Speaker on Reasonableness in Biolaw
, at the International Workshop Reasonableness and Law, European University Institute, Firenze, 16 – 17 November 2007;
• Speaker on Laws and institutions between chaos and stagnation
. The case of science and law, at the workshop Global Justice and the Nation-State, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, 23 – 24 October 2008;
• Speaker on The transnational law-making process and the field of science-law
, at the international meeting World Governance: Do We Need It, Is It Possible, What Could It (All) Mean? ILECS, Belgrade University, 27 – 29 June 2008;
• Speaker on Neuroscience changes the game between psychiatry and the law
, at the meeting Brains In Dialogue On Brain Imaging, Clare College, Cambridge, 17 – 18 March 2009;
• Speaker on The EANL as a new forum for the neurolaw debate
, at the meeting Normative Issues in Neuroimaging, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 21 July 2011;
• Speaker at the Law and Forensic Science Seminar Neuroscience in Court
, European University Institute, Firenze, 7 December 2011;
• Speaker on the topic The disaggregation of law into elementary particles and their interactions
at the QAJF conference on Proportionality and Justice, European University Institute, Firenze, 26 February 2011;
• Speaker on the topic Di quale gene sei? Dibattito sulle radici dell’umano
at the Rovereto meeting  Codex Vitae: scienza, etica e diritto di fronte alle sfide della vita, Rovereto, 24 November 2011;
• Speaker on the topic Coscienza e responsabilità giuridica
at the Istituto Banfi Seminar on Identità personale, coscienza e responsabilità, Reggio Emilia, 13 June 2011;
• Speaker on Testamento biologico
at the Incontro di Studi Interdisciplinare Bioetica e Diritto, organized by the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, Firenze, 30 May 2011,;
• Speaker on L’etica Nel Mondo Tecnologico
at the Festival del diritto, Piacenza, 23 September 2011;
• Speaker on Indicazione medica v autodeterminazione: la formazione giurisprudenziale del diritto
at the Seminar on Rifiuto di cure e direttive anticipate organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Genova, Genova, 23 May 2011;
• Speaker on Il diritto delle decisioni di fine vita e il diritto transnazionale
at the international meeting Il diritto alla fine della vita. Principi, decisioni, casi, organized by the Dipartimento di Diritto Costituzionale Italiano e Comparato, Università di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, 19 – 21 May 2011;
• Speaker at the round table on Neurogenetica e giustizia
, ,organized by the University of Trento within the Progetto FIRB 2006 The impact of Biotechnological Innovations on Fundamental Rights, Trento, 26 May 2011;
• Speaker on Test genetici e diritti
at the XIV Congresso Nazionale SIGU, Milano, 15 November 2011;
• Speaker on Neuroscienze e processo penale: speranze, illusioni e qualche pericolo
at the meeting  Neuroetica E Tribunali Profili di responsabilità morale, legale e sociale nella prospettiva delle neuroscienze, organized by the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Roma, 15 December 2011;
• Organizer and speaker on Possibilities, concerns and risks of lie detection with forensic purposes
, at the conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2012 "European Data Protection: Coming of Age", Brussels, 26 January 2012;
• Organizer and speaker at the Law & Neuroscience Winter School
, a school financed by the Lifelong Learning Program, Erasmus IP (EU), University of Pavia, 22 January – 4 February 2012;
• Organizer and speaker on Tendenze e problemi a proposito di Scienza, Diritto e Corti
at the international conference on Science and the Criminal and Civil Justice: Behavior, Neuroscience and Genetics, organized by Corte d’Appello di Milano, Tribunale di Milano and Centro di ricerca ECLT, University of Pavia, Aula Magna Corte d’Appello di Milano (within the Law and Neuroscience Winter School 2012, a program funded by the EU within the LLP Programme, Erasmus IP), 1 February 2012;
• Speaker on Le neuroscienze e i confini dell'individuo
at the Giornata di Studi in Onore di Enrico Pattaro "Su Diritto e Neuroscienze", CIRSFID, Università di Bologna, 9 March 2012;
• Speaker on Medical treatment, mental disease, consent and living will
at the International Festival on Mental Health and Human Rights, organized by ELSA, 19 April 2012;
• Opening lecture I Rischi delle Tecnologie e il Diritto: la Tentazione di Sistematizzare l’Allarme Sociale
, at the Seminar Nuove tecnologie Biomediche. Aspetti Etico-Giuridici, Valutazione e Controllo della Sicurezza, organized by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori IUSS, Pavia, 4 May 2012.


He has written numerous essays on fundamental rights considering new technological applications, genetics and patients’ rights. Among his books are:
Santosuosso A., Diritto, scienza, nuove tecnologie
, Cedam, Padova 2011.
Santosuosso A. – Garagna S. – Bottalico B. – Redi C.A. (eds.), Le scienze biomediche e il diritto. Biomedical Sciences and the Law
, Ibis, Como-Pavia 2010.
Santosuosso A. (ed.), Le neuroscienze e il diritto
, Ibis, Como-Pavia 2009.
Santosuosso A. – Gennari G. – Garagna S. – Zuccotti M. – Redi C.A. (eds.), Science, Law and the Courts in Europe
, Ibis (I), Como-Pavia 2004.
Santosuosso A. – Redi C.A., – Garagna S. – Zuccotti M.(eds), Le tecniche della biologia e gli arnesi del diritto
, Ibis, Como-Pavia 2003.
Santosuosso A. – Gennari G. (eds), Bioethical Matters and the Courts: do Judges Make Law? Notizie di Politeia, n.65/2002 (special issue).
Santosuosso A. – Redi C.A. – Garagna S. – Zuccotti M. (eds), I giudici davanti alla genetica
, Ibis, Como-Pavia 2002.
Santosuosso A., Corpo e libertà. Una storia tra diritto e scienza
, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2001.
Santosuosso A.– Tamburini M., Malati di rischio. Implicazione etiche, legali e psicosociali dei test genetici in oncologia
, Masson, Milano 1999.
Santosuosso A., Libertà di cura e libertà di terapia. La medicina tra razionalità scientifica e soggettività del malato
, Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, Roma 1998.

Articles and chapters of books (hereinafter a selection among those published in the latest five years)

Santosuosso A., Neuroscienze e diritto: un quadro delle opportunità, in Rivista Italiana di Medicina Legale (forthcoming).
Santosuosso A. – Bottalico B., Neuroscienze e genetica comportamentale nel processo penale italiano. Casi e prospettive
in Rassegna di criminologia (forthcoming).
Santosuosso A., Should privacy be abolished in genetics and biobanking?
in Izzo U. – Macilotti M. – Pascuzzi G. (eds.), Comparative Issues in the Governance of Research Biobanks. Property, Privacy, Intellectual Property and the Role of Technology, Springer, 2012 (forthcoming).
Santosuosso A. – Pizzetti F. G., Se il
come è tutto. Vivere e morire per il diritto, in i-lex, 12, 2011, pp. 55–90, (
Santosuosso A. – Colussi I. A., La banca dati del DNA: questioni in tema di alimentazione, trattamento e accesso, presupposti, cancellazione e tempi di conservazione (artt. 5-15, l. n. 85/09)
, in Politica del diritto, n.3, September 2011.
Santosuosso A., The disaggregation of law into elementary particles and the interactions among them. The archive ALST as a laboratory bench
, in Jusletter It, 29 June 2011.
Santosuosso A. – Azzini S., Scienza, tecnologia e gli attuali flussi giuridici transnazionali
, in Trattato di biodiritto, directed by Rodotà S. - Zatti P., vol. I, Ambito e fonti del biodiritto (Rodotà S. – Tallacchini M. eds.), Giuffrè, Milano 2010.
Santosuosso A. – Redi C.A., Scienziati e giudici in dialogo: un’esperienza
, in Trattato di biodiritto, directed by Rodotà S. - Zatti P., Vol. I, Ambito e fonti del biodiritto (Rodotà S. – Tallacchini M. eds.), Giuffrè, Milano 2010.
Santosuosso A. – Bottalico B., Neuroscienze, connessioni e confine dell’individuo
, in Sistemi Intelligenti, n. 2, August 2010.
Santosuosso A. Costituzione italiana, Carta di Nizza e CEDU a proposito di same-sex marriage
, in Bin R. – Brunelli G. – Guazzarotti A. – Pugiotto A. – Veronesi P. (eds.), La «Società Naturale» e i suoi"nemici" sul paradigma eterosessuale del matrimonio. Atti del Seminario di Ferrara, 26 febbraio 2010, Giappichelli, Torino 2010.
Santosuosso A. – Bottalico B., Neuroscience, accountability and individual boundaries
, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 3, Art. 46, December 2009.
Santosuosso A., The worldwide law-making process in the field of science and law: a laboratory bench (IBLARC)
, in Journal of International Biotechnology Law, vol. 06, I, 2009, pp. 1-11.
Bottalico B. – Santosuosso A., – Azzini S., Universal v. National in Bioethics. The Informal Transnational Flow of Legal Standards and a Theoretical-Practical Proposal
in , 2009.
Santosuosso A. – Bottalico B., Neuroscienze e categorie giuridiche: quale impatto?
in Cerroni A. – Rufo F. (eds.), Neuroetica, Utet, Torino 2009.
Santosuosso A., Reasonableness in Biolaw: Is It necessary?
in Bongiovanni G. – Sartor G. – Valentini C. (eds.), Reasonableness and Law, Springer, Dordrecht 2009.
Santosuosso A., Sulla conclusione del caso Englaro
, in Nuova Giurisprudenza Civile Commentata, 2009, II.
Santosuosso A., Riflessioni sulla vicenda di Eluana Englaro
, in Criminalia, Annuario di scienze penalistiche, 2009, II.
Santosuosso A., End of life decisions in Italy and in Europe
, in Selected Publications of the International Seminar Matters of Life and Death: religion and Law at the Crossroads, Boston College Law School, Law and Religion Program, 2008, pp. 37-53.
Santosuosso A., La volontà oltre la coscienza: la Cassazione e lo stato vegetativo
, in Nuova Giurisprudenza Civile Commentata, January 2008, II, pp. 1-10.
Santosuosso A. – Gennari G., Il prelievo coattivo di campioni biologici e I terzi. A proposito del disegno di legge governativo 12 ottobre 2006
, in Diritto penale e processo, March 2007.
Santosuosso A. – Sellaroli V. – Fabio E., What constitutional protection for freedom of scientific research?
in Journal of Medical Ethics, 2007, 33.
Santosuosso A. – Sellaroli V. – Pavone I. R., Drawing the Boundary Lines of Humans: in Whose Bailiwick?
in Derecho y Religiòn, vol. II, 2007.
Sellaroli V. – Cucca F. – Santosuosso A., Shared Genetic Data and the Rights of Involved People
, in Law and the Human Genome Review, n. 26, January-June 2007, pp. 193-231.
Sellaroli V. – Santosuosso A., Science and the Courts: a fruitful experiment of interaction
, in Law and the Human Genome Review, n.24, January-July 2006, pp. 211-220.
Santosuosso A., Contributo
[testo dell’Audizione del 24 ottobre 2006 davanti alla Commissione Igiene e sanità del Senato della Repubblica] in Senato Della Repubblica, 12° Commissione Permanente Del Senato, Dichiarazioni anticipate di volontà sui trattamenti sanitari. Raccolta di contributi forniti alla Commissione igiene e sanità, n.5, March 2007 (XV Legislatura).
Santosuosso A. – Turri G., La trincea dell’inammissibilità, dopo tredici anni di stato vegetativo permanente di Eluana Englaro
, in Nuova Giurisprudenza Civile Commentata, May 2006, I.
Santosuosso A., Un ricorso contraddittorio spinge la Corte costituzionale a dichiarare l'inammissibilità
, in Famiglia e Minori, n. 2, 1 December 2006.

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