Oreste Pollicino

Professor, Bocconi University

Member of the Legal Tech board of experts


Oreste is a full professor of Constitutional Law at Bocconi University in Milan, where he also teaches Information and Internet Law, Public Law and Transnational Constitutional Law.

Oreste is one of the most authoritative voices in the field of internet and media, in particular with respect to issues at the crossroads between internet and media and constitutional rights. He recently received the title of tenured Professor in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and EU Law, the only candidate nationally to obtain such title in three subjects in the 2013 session. He is a frequent speaker and moderator in international and Italian seminars and conferences.

He is ranked by Who’s Who Legal in the Data, Privacy and Protection practice area for 2017.

Oreste is currently a “Jemolo Fellow” at Oxford University and has been Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, Law Faculty, University of Oxford. He is currently serving as judge in the Price Media Moot Court organized by the “Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy” of Oxford University.

Oreste has authored many academic works (in Italian and English), including the following books: “We are all equal in the eyes of the law – on the Web too. The factual and legal Background” (on the Italian case Google – Vividown); “Discrimination on the Ground of Sex and Preferential Treatment in EC Law: a Case Law Based Analysis in Search of the Hard Core of the “New Legal Order”; “The National Judicial Treatment of EU and ECHR Laws. A Comparative Constitutional Perspective” (Editor); “The Enlargement of Europe to the East and the Relationship between the Constitutional and European Courts: Towards a General Theory of the Domestic Impact of the Supranational Law?”.  He has recently authored, as Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the “Legal analysis of the draft amendments to the civil code of the republic or Armenia”.

With Ernesto Apa he edited the first “Codice della comunicazione digitale – Internet, TV, Advertising, Privacy” (Digital Media Code – Internet, TV, Advertising, Privacy, Egea 2015) and authored the book (in English) “Modeling the liability of internet service providers. Google vs. Vividown. A constitutional perspective”; he is an editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Review of Public Comparative and European Law, of the Observatory on the fundamental rights in Europe of the “Foundation L. Basso” and of Panoptica, Revista Eletrônica Acadêmica de Direito. He is the founder of the online law reviews diritticomparati.it and medialaws.eu.  Oreste has spoken at over 40 seminars and conferences in the last few years and some of his upcoming speaking engagements include “Secondary Liability of service providers” in Wien in July 2014,”European Judicial Dialogue and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in the New Digital Environment: the case of freedom of speech”, at the upcoming World Congress of Constitutional Law in Oslo, “The protection of fundamental rights in internet and European Judicial Dialogue” at City University in London in May 2014, etc. He is also the co-author of “La regolamentazione dei contenuti digitali” (The regulation of digital content), a volume celebrating the first fifteen years of the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM), which includes chapters authored by the incumbent President and all past Presidents of the Authority as well as several top-level officers of the same.

He has been interviewed on several occasions by Italian and foreign publications on media law issues, including by Bloomberg on August 2, 2013 in the article “Telecom Italia Write-downs Exceed $18 Billion Since 2011” and the Wall Street Journal – TechEurope blog in April 4, 2013 in the post “Google Versus the EU”.

In 2002 he obtained an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe of Bruges. In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in Constitutional law at the Università Statale of Milan. He won the “Marco Biagi Prize” in 2005 for the best doctoral dissertation.

He graduated summa cum laude in 1999 at the Università degli Studi of Messina. In 2001 he completed a Masters in EU law at the Bologna University.

Oreste is a member of the Messina Bar Association.

Foreign languages: English (speaking proficiency).