Alma universitas studiorum parmensis A.D. 962 - Università di Parma Alma universitas studiorum parmensis A.D. 962 - Università di Parma

To strengthen the international dimension of teaching and research and to increase the incoming mobility of foreign Professors, the University of Parma has signed teaching contracts with Professors, of high profile, from other Universities. These Lecturers have the title of "Visiting Professor".

a.y. 2021/2022 - Prof. Rodney Smolla


Rod Smolla is Dean and Professor of Law at Delaware Law School of Widener University, in Wilmington, Delaware. Dean Smolla is the former president of Furman University, where he served from 2010 to 2013. He was previously Dean of the School of Law at Washington and Lee University and Roy L. Steinheimer Professor of Law at Washington and Lee. Previously he was Dean and Allen Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, and Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law. From 1988 to 1996 he was director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William and Mary. He graduated from Yale in 1975 and from Duke Law School in 1978, where he was first in his class. He then served as law clerk to Judge Charles Clark on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After practicing law in Chicago at Mayer, Brown and Platt, he entered academic life. He has been a professor at the University of Illinois, the University of Arkansas and DePaul University Law Schools, a Senior Fellow of the Washington Annenberg Program at Northwestern University and a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne, Duke University, Indiana University and the University of Denver Law Schools. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Board of Higher Education for Virginia.

In the 2021/2022 academic year, Prof.Rodney Smolla will teach: American Constitutional law

a.y. 2021/2022 - Prof. Catalin S. Rusu

In A.Y. 2021/2022, the Bachelor of Arts in International and European Relations has activated the teaching of EUROPEAN UNION INTERNAL MARKET AND COMPETITION LAW, taught by Prof. Catalin S. Rusu from Radboud Nijmegen University (The Netherlands).


a.y. 2020/2021 - Anna Wysocka-Bar


Anna Wysocka-Bar, has been a lecturer in Private International Law of the European Union at the Jagiellonian Universityin Cracow (Poland)

The Polish lecturer is among 20 Visiting Professors of High Scientific Qualifications since 2015, from 15 countries from 3 continents, selected by the University of Parma to deliver lessons, support the research activities of doctoral students and strengthen ongoing partnerships and scientific projects, in the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021.

The process of internationalization of the University of Parma continues with the goal of strengthening collaboration with European and international universities and one of the main actions is precisely the involvement of distinguished foreign Visiting Professors in the teaching and research activities of the University.

The title of the course to be taught by Anna Wysocka-Bar at the University of Parma is "European private international law". The objective of the course is to raise awareness among students and spread knowledge regarding European Union Private International Law, its interaction with national laws and regulations and also its impact on economic variables.

Referring for Anna Wysocka-Bar's visit is Department Lecturer Francesca Trombetta Panigadi.

a.y. 2019/2020

In A.Y. 2019/2020, the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations will activate the teaching "Constitutionalism and transitional democracies" taught by Visiting Professor Wojciech Sadurski

a.y. 2018/2019 - Prof. Nobuhito Yoshinaka

In the a.y. 2018/2019, the Master of Laws degree program offered teaching in RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF JAPANESE CRIMINAL LAW, taught by "Visiting Professor" Prof. Nobuhito Yoshinaka.

Lectures on "Recent Development of Japanese Criminal Law" will begin on March 18, 2019, and will be held in English.

This teaching may be chosen by students enrolled in the Master of Law degree program in order to earn 6 free CFUs provided in the curriculum.

*N.B. During the period March 11-April 12, 2019, 4th and 5th year students can independently enter the teaching in their Online Study Plan, corresponding to a teaching of their choice. Those who fail can send an email to .


In the a.a. 2018/2019 the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations has activated the teaching "Risk Regulation in International Law: Health, Environment and Food" - taught by Visiting Professor David Wirth.

a.y. 2017/2018 - Prof. Lawrence Levine

In the 2017/2018 academic year, the Master of Laws degree program activated the teaching "U.S. Civil Injury Law" taught by "Visiting Professor" Prof. Lawrence Levine, of McGeorge School of Law, California,

Lectures on "U.S. Civil Injury Law" will begin on March 13 2018 and will be held in English.

a.y. 2016/2017

In the a.y. 2016/2017 the Master of Laws degree program activated the teaching American Criminal Law: Recent Developments" taught by "Visiting Professor" Prof. Michael Vitiello, from McGeorge School of Law, California.

This course was taught in English and was intended to be particularly stimulating and interactive, both through the use of face-to-face lectures and simulated exercises and trials.

In the context of the study of the American legal system, attention has been paid to issues of particular relevance and topicality, such as the use of the death penalty, drug policy and the legalization of marijuana, Supreme Court jurisprudence on the criminalization of sexual violence, and the constitutional recognition of the right to contract same-sex marriage.
The comparative analysis between the Italian and American criminal procedural systems was conducted with reference to the well-known "Amanda Knox" case.

Biographical note Prof. Michael Vitiello

Professor Michael Vitiello is one of the maximum experts in criminal law and procedure.
He is the author of 11 books and more than 50 legal articles.


In the a.y. 2016/2017, the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations activated the teaching "International Law and Cultural Heritage" held by Visiting Professor Ana Vrdoljak.


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