Notwithstanding the admission to the Italian bar and a strong background in law, my activity is by now devoted to the academic venture on Law & Economics. Building upon my past legal experience as a judicial clerk and attorney, alongside the lessons learned working side by side international organizations such as the ILO and UNESCO, I am now focusing my research on the economic analysis of judicial institutions.
The fulcrum of my analysis is devoted to an ancient labor institution, called Conseil de prud’hommes. This is the employment jurisdiction of France, in charge of dealing with individual labor disputes. The main particularity of this court is that judges are appointed among unionist, pertaining to both sides of the labor conflict.
The role of the most confrontational trade unions among this institution has been disputed. Nevertheless, to understand the reasons for their adversarial attitude, I have decided to look back to history, discovering that much of their resistance to social dialogue is rooted in a not particularly well-known agricultural crisis happened in the 19th century, when trade unions were emerging. Surprisingly, one of the trigger factors of the typical adversarial methods of these syndicates lies in a super tiny insect, of the size of a pencil point. So far, comments from the academia were quite enthusiastic.
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You can find the paper, explaining the relationship between the insect and nowadays labor judges, published here:
Where Does Labor Judges’ Belligerent Flair Come From? The Contribution of Phylloxéra to the Economic Analysis of French Judicial Institutions
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A second working paper on the role of attorneys and judges over judicial delay (January 2019) is partially available here: