[ UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ]
Alberto Alemanno is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & Policy at HEC Paris.
Alberto’s research has been centered on how the law may be used to improve people’s lives, in particular through the adoption of power-shifting reforms countering social, health, economic, and political disparities of access within society.
He’s the author of more than sixty scientific articles and a dozen books. His first trade book – ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ – provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national and international level. It was translated into Italian and Spanish.
Alberto is also a permanent visiting professor at the University of Tokyo School of Public Policy, the College of Europe, in Bruges and a scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law as well as fellow at The Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation at Rutgers University.
Originally from Italy, Alberto is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the College of Europe and holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University.
[ CIVIC ADVOCATE ]
Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto regularly provides advice to NGOs, governments, foundations as well as progressive companies. He has pioneered innovative forms of academic and policy engagement originally via the EU Public Interest Clinic he established with NYU School of Law and his civic start up The Good Lobby.
The Good Lobby’s mission is to equalize access to power by strengthening the advocacy capacity of civil society and making corporate political influence more accountable and sustainable.
Alberto has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the adoption of plain packaging of tobacco products across EU countries, from the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive to a decade-old campaign for EU transnational lists and – following the publication of The Guardian’s Op-Ed ‘There are 17 million mobile EU citizens. We deserve a political voice’ – launched ‘Voters without Borders’ asking for full political rights for EU citizens regardless of where they live across the continent.
In the aftermath of the Russian invasion, Alberto designed the Ukraine Corporate Index to nudge companies reassessing their market presence on the Russian market. As recognized by the Financial Times and Forbes, this index played a major role in increasing pressure on businesses to position themselves in relation to the invasion.
He sits on the board of several civil society organizations, such as Friends of Europe, European Alternatives, VoxEurop, Access Info Europe, as well as the citizens’ campaigning movement We Move, which operates transnationally.
The World Economic Forum nominated him Young Global Leader in 2015 and was elected Ashoka fellow in 2019, European Young Leader in 2014, as well as Social Innovator of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2022.
[ MEDIA COMMENTATOR ]
His scholarly analysis and public interest work are often featured in the Financial Times, The New York Times, and in by-lines across other international media outlets.