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Francesco Bestagno has currently suspended his collaboration with Carnelutti Law Firm, since he was appointed Legal Advisor to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union in Brussels.

Before being appointed to his current role, he was of counsel to CARNELUTTI Law Firm, where his practice focused on international business law & arbitration.

He is a Full Professor of EU Law and of International Trade Law at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Milan.

He coordinated and taught at the School of Specialization for the Legal Professions, Catholic University of Milan. He was an international lecturer too, and member of several international editorial committees.

Previously, he had served as Legal Advisor for the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry within the Programme for favouring Vietnam's Accession to the WTO (2005, 2006), and as Expert for the Holy See in Diplomatic Conferences at the Council of Europe (2017, 2019). He was appointed on a list of Principal Legal Advisors to the European Commission in 2003.

Francesco completed his Ph.D. in International Economic Law ("Bocconi" - Bergamo –Turin) in 1995, and he has been Visiting Scholar at Geneva University (CH) and Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, at Wuhan University and at Zhongnan University (China).
He obtained his J.D. summa cum laude from the Catholic University of Milan in 1989, and was admitted to the Italian Bar in 1992.
He is fluent in English and French, in addition to his native Italian.

  • Representing a health agency in two different investigations of the European Commission into reported breaches of EU regulations on State Aid and Public Procurement; both charges were dismissed by the Commission.
  • Delivering independent opinions to companies operating in several fields. e.g. on State Aid and EU Law (airport industry); Technical Regulations and Restrictions to Trade in the EU Internal Market (plastics; electric engines); Public Procurement (highways).
  • Providing legal advice on Customs Laws to exporters of Italian products to the USA, on anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties applied by the USA to Italian products (food industry), and on US customs regulations (export of electronic products).
  • Representing a construction company in the pre-contract phase and in the negotiation waiver phase for an international procurement contract in the UAE.
  • Participating in a settlement procedure with a state-owned telecommunication company concerning a television and telephone repeater.
  • Filing several actions before the European Court of Human Rights on various fundamental rights violations.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in arbitration proceedings, including on corporate matters.

Specialization Course in European Union Law

December 5, 2019
Francesco Bestagno will teach a lesson in the Specialization Course in European Union Law that is co-organized by the Milan Bar of Lawyers, the Higher School for Lawyer Training, the Union of European Lawyers and the University of Milan. Francesco’s lesson will be titled “Le fonti del diritto dell’Unione (Trattati, Carta dei diritti fondamentali, principi generali, accordi internazionali, atti di diritto derivato)”, (“The sources of EU Law (Treaties, Charter of Fundamental Rights, General Principles, International Agreements, Secondary Legislation”).

Brexit and Withdrawal from the EU

November 29, 2019
Francesco Bestagno concluded the Conference on “Brexit e il recesso dall’UE” (Brexit and withdrawal from the EU) at the LUMSA University in Palermo.

EJNITA – building bridges

November 7, 2019
Francesco Bestagno coordinated the Round Table of the Conference at the Ministry of Justice on “La Circolazione dei provvedimenti Civili e degli Atti Pubblici nell’Unione Europea” (The Circulation of Civil Orders and Official Records in the European Union).

In-House Seminar on International Arbitration

September 24, 2019
CARNELUTTI Law Firm in association with AIA-ArbIt-40 organized an in-house seminar entitled: “Updating Laws, Rules and Standards in International Arbitration: Necessity or Trend?”.

The free movement of Goods in the EU Market

April 12, 2019
Francesco Bestagno held 8 hours of lectures on the topic “The free movement of Goods in the EU Market” at University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, in the Master Course “International Business, Arbitration and Tax Law”.

The Minor’s interest in the EU Court of Justice Case-Law

March 15, 2019
Francesco Bestagno spoke at the Closing Conference of the Advanced Training Course on Mediation and Restorative Justice, Naples, on the topic: “The Minor’s interest in the EU Court of Justice Case-Law”  

The EU Internal Market

March 11, 2019
Francesco Bestagno spoke at the Training class in EU LawThe EU Internal Market” at the Milan Bar -Union of European Lawyers, Milan Courthouse.

Compensation for damages in State Aid field

March 31, 2020
Francesco Bestagno wrote the update of his article “ll risarcimento dei danni per la violazione delle norme in materia di Aiuti di Stato" (Compensation for damages in State Aid field), in Dizionario sistematico del diritto della concorrenza (Systematic Dictionary of Competition Law), II edition, edited by L. PACE, Wolters Kluwer, Milan, 2020.

Single Market and Freedom of Circulation in EU Law – Second Edition

March 30, 2020
Francesco Bestagno wrote the Second edition of the book “Mercato unico e libertà di circolazione nell'Unione Europea" (Single Market and Freedom of Circulation in EU Law), with A. Arena, G. Rossolillo, Giappichelli, Turin, 2020.

Handbook on European Union Law

October 1, 2018
Francesco Bestagno wrote the book “Elementi di diritto dell'Unione europea, parte istituzionale" (Handbook on European Union Law), with U. Draetta, A. Santini, Giuffré-Lefebvre, Milan.

Regulation of Sport Activities and Right to Respect to Private Life under the ECHR

April 1, 2018
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Regulation of Sport Activities and Right to Respect to Private Life under the European Convention on Human Rights” online in European Papers.

The Arbitration Body

October 1, 2017
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “L’Organo arbitrale: Diritti, doveri e responsabilità dell’arbitro; Ricusazione e sostituzione dell’arbitro” (The Arbitration Body: Rights, Duties and responsibilities of the Arbitrator; Disqualification and Replacement of the Arbitrator), in Commentario dell’Arbitrato interno e internazionale (Commentary on Domestic and International Arbitration), edited by M. BENEDETTELLI, C. CONSOLO, L. RADICATI DI BROZOLO, Cedam, Padua, II edition.

Freedom of Establishment and Freedom to Provide Services

September 1, 2017
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “La libertà di stabilimento e la libera prestazione dei servizi” (Freedom of Establishment and Freedom to Provide Services), in Europa, edited by G. AMATO, E. MOAVERO MILANESI, G. PASQUINO, L. REICHLIN, Treccani, Rome.

The Protection of Health between Competences of the EU and of Member States

June 1, 2017
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “La tutela della salute tra competenze dell’Unione europea e degli Stati membri” (The Protection of Health between Competences of the European Union and of Member States), published in “Studi sull’integrazione europea” (Studies on European Integration) (2017).

Single Market and Freedom of Circulation in EU Law

September 1, 2016
Francesco Bestagno wrote the book “Mercato unico e libertà di circolazione nell'Unione Europea" (Single Market and Freedom of Circulation in EU Law), with A. Arena, G. Rossolillo, Giappichelli, Turin.

Commercial Dis-integration Scenarios in the Event of “Brexit"

August 30, 2016
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Scenari di dis-integrazione commerciale in caso di “Brexit” (Commercial Dis-integration Scenarios in the event of “Brexit”), Editorial Comment in "DPCE".

The “Baptism of Fire” of the Directive on Tobacco Products

April 1, 2016
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Il “battesimo del fuoco” della Direttiva sui prodotti del Tabacco, tra esigenze di armonizzazione e di tutela della salute pubblica” (The “Baptism of Fire” of the Directive on Tobacco Products, between needs for Harmonization and Protection of Public Health), online in European Papers.

The Relationship Between the Charter and the EU Secondary Law in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice

April 1, 2015
Francesco wrote the article “I rapporti tra la Carta e le fonti secondarie di diritto dell’UE nella giurisprudenza della Corte di giustizia” (The Relationship Between the Charter and the EU Secondary Law in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice), in “Diritti umani e Diritto internazionale” (Human Rights and International Law), 2015.

Sports and the International Bodies Monitoring Human Rights

February 1, 2015
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “L’attività sportiva nella prassi degli organi internazionali di controllo sui diritti umani” (Sports and the international bodies monitoring human rights), with M. Ferri, in the book “L’Europa e lo sport” (Europe and Sports), edited by S. Bastianon, Giuffré, Milan.

Validity and Interpretation of the Acts of the EU in light of the Charter

January 1, 2015
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Validità e interpretazione degli atti dell’UE alla luce della Carta, nella giurisprudenza in materia di Dati Personali” (Validity and Interpretation of the Acts of the EU in light of the Charter, in court decisions on Personal Data), in "Diritto dell’Unione europea" (European Union Law).

Comment on the Articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on State Aid

June 1, 2014
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Commento degli articoli del TFUE sugli Aiuti di Stato (108-109)” (Comment on the articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on State Aid (108-109)), in F. POCAR, M. BARUFFI, Commentario breve ai Trattati dell’Unione europea (Brief Commentary on the Treaties of the European Union), Cedam, Padua.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

April 1, 2014
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Banca Europea degli Investimenti (BEI)” (European Investment Bank (EIB), in A. TIZZANO, Trattati dell'Unione Europea (Treaties of the European Union), Giuffré, Milan.

Claims for Damages as Private Enforcement Tool of EU Rules on State Aid

October 1, 2013
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “L'azione risarcitoria come strumento di private enforcement della disciplina di diritto dell'UE sugli Aiuti di Stato” (Claims for Damages as Private Enforcement Tool of EU Rules on State Aid), in "Diritto del commercio internazionale - The Law of International Trade".

Compensation for Damages for Breaches of Rules on State Aids

June 1, 2013
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “ll risarcimento dei danni per la violazione delle norme in materia di Aiuti di Stato" (Compensation for damages for breaches of Rules on State Aids), in Dizionario sistematico del diritto della concorrenza (Systematic Dictionary of Competition Law), edited by L. PACE, Jovene, Naples.

The World Trade Organisation

September 1, 2011
Francesco wrote the article “L'Organizzazione Mondiale del Commercio” (The World Trade Organisation), in the book “Il diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali” (The Law of the International Organisations), U. Draetta-M. Fumagalli eds., Giuffré, Milan.

State Aids in Periods of Crisis

September 1, 2011
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Gli Aiuti di Stato in tempi di crisi: il sostegno all'economia reale tra misure nazionali e Piano europeo di ripresa, in Problemi e tendenze del diritto internazionale dell'economia” (State Aids in Periods of Crisis: Support to Real Economy between Domestic Measures and the European Recovery Plan), in Problemi e tendenze del diritto internazionale dell'economia (Issues and Trends of International Economic Law), edited by G. SACERDOTI, A. LIGUSTRO, Editoriale Scientifica, Naples.

Challenges of Development: Asian Perspectives

October 1, 2010
Francesco Bestagno co-edited with prof. L. Rubini the book “Challenges of Development: Asian Perspectives”, V&P Catholic University Press, Milan, 2010, reviewed in The Asian Journal of International Law 2013, and in The International Spectator 2011.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

December 1, 2009
Francesco Bestagno edited the book “I diritti economici, sociali e culturali, promozione e tutela nella comunità internazionale" (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), V&P Catholic University Press, Milan.

Services Rendered by Providers from Non-Members States

January 1, 2008
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “La prestazione dei servizi nella Comunità europea da parte dei prestatori non comunitari” (Services Rendered by Providers from Non-Members States), published in "Diritto del commercio internazionale  - The Law of International Trade".

The Single Market in Services

October 1, 2007
Francesco Bestagno co-edited with prof. L. Radicati di Brozolo the book “The Single Market in Services”, Giuffré, Milan (contributors: G. Berardis, F. Bestagno, A. Biondi, R. Luzzatto, A. Malatesta, M. Maresca, R. Mastroianni, M. Merola, E. Moavero Milanesi, B. Nascimbene).

International Protection of the Olympic Properties

May 1, 2005
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “La protezione internazionale del simbolo olimpico” (International Protection of the Olympic Properties), published in “Diritto internazionale dello sport” (International Sports Law), edited by E. Greppi, M. Vellano, Giappichelli, Turin.

The Implications of the Enlargement of the European Union for the World Trade Organization

March 1, 2005
Francesco Bestagno wrote the article “Le implicazioni dell’allargamento dell’Unione europea per l’Organizzazione Mondiale del Commercio (The Implications of the Enlargement of the European Union for the World Trade Organization), published in "Diritto del commercio internazionale - The Law of International Trade".  

Human Rights and Impunity: Positive Obligations and Criminal Law

December 1, 2003
Francesco Bestagno wrote the book “Human Rights and Impunity: positive obligations and criminal law”, V&P Catholic University Press, Milan.

Safeguards in International Trade Law

September 9, 1998
Francesco Bestagno wrote the book “Le clausole di salvaguardia economica nel diritto internazionale" (Safeguards in International Trade Law), Milan, 1998, reviewed in Revue Générale de Droit international Public and in Journal of World Trade.

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