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Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa is of counsel to Carnelutti Law Firm, specializing in international dispute settlement (in particular, arbitration) and transnational contract negotiation, with a focus on international business and investment matters (as an arbitrator, counsel, and expert).

He is a dual-qualified attorney-at-law (Spain, Italy), and his services are requested by leading players in different areas of business, including trading of raw-materials, accreditation of higher education titles, crypto-assets, and world-record engineering projects.

As counsel and expert, he has participated in several high-profile international arbitration proceedings (ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID), including investment cases in connection with complex questions of jurisdiction, comparative law, and States’ treaty practice.

Indicated since 2015 in the list of foreign arbitrators at the Belgrade Arbitration Center, he has served also as sole arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Notably, to the practice of law Matteo combines a distinguished academic profile. For instance, i) he has held prestigious research and teaching appointments at Bocconi University (2012-2015), the Catholic University of Lille (2010-2016), IESEG School of Management (2016-2019), and the European University Institute (2019-2020); ii) he has been invited as visiting scholar in prestigious Universities, such as Durham, Sydney, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, and Belgrade; iii) he has authored several articles, and a monograph, on international economic law, public international law, and international dispute settlement, as well as on European and Italian law & politics; and iv) he has been invited to speak at high-profile events, such as the opening session of the European Society of International Law (2015), or the biennial event of the International Law Association (2018).

Ph.D. magna cum laude in International Law (Geneva & Bocconi, 2014), LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS, 2009), and M.Sc. in Law (Bocconi, 2007), Matteo has full professional command of English, Spanish, and French in addition to native Italian; he also speaks conversational Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of Greek, Russian, and German.

  • Assisting a leading international raw material trading firm in the negotiations for a framework association agreement with a large steel producer located in Europe.
  • Assisting a leading service firm operating in the field of accreditation of education titles in the European Higher Education Area in its legal dealings with States and private clients.
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in institutional proceedings for the settlement of a dispute related to property aspects of an international M&A operation.
  • Assisting an Italian firm in the negotiation of a complex engineering service contract as part of an innovative world-record construction project in Southeast Asia.
  • Advising an Italian radio broadcaster against a Slovenian radio broadcaster in a dispute over cross-border interferences.
  • Advising a U.S. investor in the dispute resolution process related to a construction project of a Southeast Asian joint venture in Eastern Europe.
  • Assisting a renowned arbitrator in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, involving questions of analysis and interpretation of the treaty practice of the Italian Republic.
  • Assisting a renowned arbitrator in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, over the analysis and interpretation of equally authoritative yet apparently inconsistent treaty texts.
  • Advising a Latin American State on the validity of a multi-million award, with a view to initiate set aside proceedings.

EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context

March 8, 2021
On March 8th Matteo Vaccaro Incisa will be one of the keynote speaker at the Zoom webinar “EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context” with an intervention titled “Arbitration Clauses Limited to Compensation due to Expropriation”.

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?”.

Sydney University Seminar

August 31, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa spoke at the seminar at the Sydney University, entitled, Reforming investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS): Investment courts, other alternatives, and China’s role.

Melbourne University Law School, Seminar

August 30, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa spoke at the seminar at the Melbourne University Law School, entiteld: Reforming ISDS: a question of law or of extent of integration in world's trade and investment flows?

Sydney, Biennial Conference of the International Law Association

August 21, 2018
Sydney, Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, Investment arbitration and questions of public international law: temporal extent, legality requirement, and infamous commas in the Russia-Ukraine BIT; program and info at

EUCROSS Conference

July 14, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa spoke at the seminar at the Leuven University & Chinese University of Hong Kong (EUCROSS conference), on The EU investment court and UNCITRAL’s attempt to reform ISDS: a rocky path, and a fresh proposal.  

Speaking at the ICC YAF meeting in Frankfurt (DE)

January 25, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited to speak at the Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF) of Paris’ International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organized by Noerr LLP in Frankfurt themed: “Farewell 2017 - The Year in Review". Tasked with reviewing international investment arbitration, Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa will focus in particular on the jurisdictional decisions rendered by six tribunals in the proceedings brought by Ukrainian investors against Russia under the 1998 Russia-Ukraine BIT in connections with their investments in Crimea.

Speaking at CUHK’s Asia FDI Forum III (Hong Kong)

May 12, 2017
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited to speak at the edition of the renowned Asia FDI Forum, hosted by Professor Julian Chaisse and prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong, this year focusing on the topic: “China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance?”. Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa will speak on “China, the US and the EU: closer than ever to uniform standards on international investment law?”. Conference website and program may be found here. The Forum took place just before China’s “Belt & Road Forum”, organized on May 14-15 in Beijing. The two fora see the exchange of several participants.

Speaking at the Asian International Economic Law Network Conference (Xiamen, PRC)

January 16, 2017
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network, hosted at the Law School of prestigious Xiamen University (Fujian) on 15-17 June 2017,under the eminent organizing auspices of Prof. Junji Nakagawa (Tokyo University; to the right in the picture) and Prof. Huaqun Zeng (Xiamen University; to the left in the picture). Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa presented his research on: ‘The case of China and ASEAN practice on objective criteria and ratione legis condition in the definition of investment‘. Participation to this academic gathering was particularly significant, as attended by several key experts in the field on International Economic Law in East and Southeast Asia. For the conference program: Program(Ver.3)(210517)-2 | Publications by Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa

May 18, 2018
Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa's most recent publications can be found at this link. Please go and check them out!  

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