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Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa is of counsel to CARNELUTTI Law Firm. His practice focuses on international law, international dispute settlement and transnational litigation.
As practitioner, further to an extensive experience in negotiating and drafting international contracts (services and construction), and transnational litigation (broadcasting & media), Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa served in several arbitral proceedings, domestic (Italy) and international (ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL), as party counsel, arbitrator, and expert (in particular, with regard to jurisdictional and interpretive issues, and comparative analyses of States’ investment treaty practice).
Principal regional areas of expertise are the EU, Western Balkans, and Latin America.
As academic, Matteo, following prestigious research and teaching appointments at Bocconi University (2012-2015) and IESEG School of Management (2016-2019), has been awarded the Jean Monnet grant in Law at the European University Institute (EUI) for the academic year 2019-2020.
He has authored several contributions on international law and dispute settlement, as well as European relations, politics, and law, which granted him prestigious visiting research scholarships (e.g., University of Sydney, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Melbourne Law School, University of Buenos Aires, Bocconi University, University of Belgrade, University of Ljubljana).
Chief regional areas of research are the EU, China, and Southeast Asia.
Ph.D. magna cum laude in co-tutelle (2014) in International Law (Boisson de Chazournes, Geneva) and in International Law & Economics (Sacerdoti, Bocconi) and advanced LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS, 2009).
He is a dual-qualified lawyer (Italy and Spain) indicated in the list of foreign arbitrators of the Belgrade Arbitration Center (since 2015).
In addition to Italian, he has full professional command of English, Spanish, and French, and can speak and understand Serbian.


  • Assisting an Italian specialized company 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 in a dispute against a Slovenian radio broadcaster over cross-border interferences on Italian territory.
  • Advising an American investor in the dispute resolution process related to a financially mismanaged construction project of a Southeast Asian joint venture in Eastern Europe.
  • Assisting a renowned foreign professor of international law in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, involving questions of analysis and interpretation of the treaty practice of the Italian Republic.
  • Assisting a well-established arbitrator in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, over the analysis and interpretation of equally authoritative yet apparently inconsistent treaty texts.
  • Consulting on the validity of a multi-million investment award with the domestic legal team of a Latin American State, with a view to initiate ad hoc annulment proceedings.

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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