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Biographical note

Born March 6th, 1968. MSc in Political Science and PhD in Legal Philosophy from the University of  Padova. He has been research fellow at the Max-Plank-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main), the Yale Law School and the University of Oxford.

Academic CV

Full Professor of Philosophy of Law. From 2010 to 2016 he was Head of the Department of Legal Studies "A. Sraffa". He is a member of the PhD School in Legal Philosophy at the University of Genova. He has been assistant professor of philosophy of law at the Università di Padova.

He is a member of the editorial board for the journals Law and Philosophy, Argumentation in Context, Ars Interpretandi, Analisi e diritto, Discusiones.

Research areas

Legal Interpretation and Argumentation. Philosophy of Action. History of legal and political concepts. BioLaw.



He has published three monographic volumes: Conflitti pratici. Quando il diritto diventa immorale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2017; Forme del limite nell'interpretazione giudiziale, Padova, CEDAM, 2003; La costituzione delle differenze. Giusnaturalismo e codificazione del diritto civile nella Prussia del '700, Torino, Giappichelli, 2000. He is co-editor with G. Tuzet of the volume The Planning Theory of Law. A Critical Reading, Berlin-New York: Springer, 2013, and he edited with P. Grossi and H. Hofmann the volume A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Civil Law World, 1600-1900, Berlin-New York, Springer, 2009.

Articles written by him include: "Analogical Reasoning and Extensive Interpretation", Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 103(1), 2017, 117-135; "What the Legislature Did not Say. Legislative Intentions and Counterfactuals in Legal Argumentation", Journal of Argumentation in Context 5(3), 2016, 249-270; "Norme opache. Il ruolo degli esperti nel ragionamento giuridico", Rivista di filosofia del diritto 4(3), 2015, 93-124; "Comparative Reasoning in Legal Adjudication", Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 28(1), 2015, 1-23;  "Is Law Grounded in Joint Action?", Rechtstheorie 45(3), 2014, 289-312; "Analogy and Interpretation in Legal Argumentation." In H. Jales Ribeiro (ed.), Systematic Approches to Argumentation by Analogy, Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, 227-242; "Looking for the Nature of Law: On Shapiro's Challenge", Law & Philosophy 31(4), 2012, 409-441; "Teorie dell'interpretazione giuridica e teorie del significato", Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica 42(1), 2012, 155-178; "La qualificazione giuridica della vita prenatale." In S. Rodotà-P. Zatti (eds.), Trattato di Biodiritto, vol. I, Milano: Giuffrè, 2011, 1-26; "What Is the Reason for This Rule? An Inferential Account of the Ratio Legis", Argumentation 24(2), 2010, 197-210; "Consequences of Pragmatic Conceptualism. On the Methodology Problem in Jurisprudence", Ratio Juris 22(2), 2009, 171-186.

(The list of prof. Canale's publications is available in his personal homepage).