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The Department of Law at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia perpetuates the tradition of the study of law in the city of Modena: a tradition that can be traced back to 1175, when Pillio da Medicina left Bologna and went to teach law in Modena, thus officially inaugurating the Studium Iuris Mutiniensis. Among the students and professors of the legal sciences in Modena are counted some first-rate names, including, for example, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Carlo Goldoni, as well as – among the distinguished jurists of the last century – “Beato Angelico” Contardo Ferrini, who was also its Dean, and, more recently, Santi Romano, who later became president of the Council of State.

The Modena and Reggio Emilia Unit is the coordinator of the project and is composed by experts and scholars of Constitutional and Public Law.

Federico Pedrini

Federico Pedrini is the PI of the project. He is a full professor in Constitutional Law at the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Several times DAAD scholarship holder, from 2012 to 2014 he is a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung at the Faculty of Law of the Freie Universität Berlin, where he leads research on general constitutional clauses. Author of numerous essays and three monographs, he has spoken at numerous national and international seminars and study meetings and has held courses in Public Law Institutions, Theory of Constitutional Interpretation, Regional Law and Information and Communication Law, as well as in Constitutional Law.

Luca Vespignani

Luca Vespignani is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Department of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he also teaches Regional Law. During his scientific career, he has also dealt with Information and Communication Law, Public Economic Law, Health Law and Environmental Law. In this perspective, he has taken part, also as a P.I., in national and international research projects.

Matteo Caldironi

Matteo Caldironi graduated with honors from the University of Modena of Reggio Emilia, and obtained with honors the title of PhD in Constitutional Law on October 15, 2021, at the University of Bologna discussing a thesis on the discretion of the legislator in Constitutional Court jurisprudence. He is currently a senior research fellow within the project “JUST-PARENT. Legal Protection for Social Parenthood” funded by the European Commission (Justice Programme 2021-2027).