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Assistant Professor
Department of Law

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Biographical note

Born October 5th, 1977. Degrees in Law and Business Administration from Bocconi University (magna cum laude) and in Law from University of Pavia (magna cum laude). LL.M from the University of Cambridge. Ph.D. in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University.

Since 2012 a member of the Department of Legal Studies of Bocconi University and Faculty Member of the PhD in Legal Studies. He is Resident fellow at the BAFFI CAREFIN (Centre for Applied Research on International Markets, Banking, Finance and Regulation). Leonardo Borlini held prior academic appointments at the Department of Legal Studies of Bocconi University and the Faculty of Political Sciences of LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, or the Guido Carli Free International University for Social Studies. He is part of the United Nations Expert Group working on Anti-Corruption Academic materials (Academic Initiative Against Corruption-UNODC); Researcher for the Research Centre on International Cooperation Regarding Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery established by the G20 at the Beijing Normal University and member of the Wolfson College (University of Cambridge, UK). He has held visiting research appointments at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; the Normal Beijing University the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the World Bank Group. He is Visiting Professor at the Normal Beijing University and was Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law/Wolfson College (Cambridge, United Kingdom). He is also member of the Bar of Milan.

In 2018 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in International Law (ASN-II Fascia) by unanimous decision of the Commission.

In spring 2018, Leonardo was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar Grant by the US-Italy Commission to carry out a project on multi-level regulation of international public goods at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Apart from his academic appointments, he has served the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Technical Assistance Specialist; worked as Associate lawyer of Grande Stevens Law Firm (Milan-Turin-Rome, Italy) and consulted the EU, the Council of Europe, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank (Public Accountability Mechanism), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Academic CV

Assistant Professor of International Law, Deparment of Legal studies, Bocconi University. He currently teaches International Trade and Investment Law and the Law of the EU.

Research areas

Public International Law (Sources); Law of International Organizations; International Economic law; International Trade Law; UN Maintanance of International Peace and Security; International Criminal Law (focus: Terrorism; Corruption, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing); Law of the EU (External Action; Common Commercial Policy).

Selected publications

  • Monograph: Il Consiglio di Sicurezza e gli individui. (The UN Security Council and Individuals), Giuffrè: 2018, 510 pp.

  • Monograph: Corruption – Economic Analysis and International Law,  with M. Arnone  (Edward Elgar: Cheltenham UK/Northampton MA US, forthcoming, May 2014), 686 pp. (see:

  • Soft law, soft organizations e regolamentazione ‘tecnica’ di problemi di sicurezza pubblica e integrità finanziaria, in 1 Rivista di diritto internazionale, 2017, pp. 98-148.

  • Deepening International Systems of Subsidy Control in EU PTAs: A Comparative Analysis. Normative Rationales and Legal Implications, with Claudio Dordi, in 23(3) Columbia Journal of European Law, 2016/17, pp. 551-606; (Award: Legal Studies Award 2018)

  • Tutela della privacy e protezione dei dati personali a fronte della sicurezza pubblica e dell’integrità del sistema finanziario europeo in1 Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 2017, pp. 23-49.

  • Regulating Criminal Finance in the EU in the Light of the International Instruments, in Yearbook of European Law 2017 (Oxford University Press: 2017), 46 pp.,  also available at:
  • State Aid Control and Subsidies Regulation in EU Agreements: Substance, Procedure and Policy Space in the ‘New Generation’ EU FTAs in The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2016, (Oxford University Press: 2017), pp. 145-174. 
  • The North Korean Gauntlet, International Law and the New Sanctions Imposed by the Security Council, in XXVI Italian Yearbook of International Law 2016, (Brill: 2017), pp. 319-345.
  • International Anti-Money Laundering Programs: Empirical Assessment and Issues of Criminal Regulation, with M. Arnone in Journal of Anti-Money Laundering Control, 13 (2) 2010, pp. 226-271. (Award: Highly Commended Award Winner by Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011).
  • Methodological Issues of the “More Economic Approach” to Unilateral Exclusionary Conduct. Proposal of Analysis Starting from the Treatment of Retroactive Rebates, in European Competition Journal, 5(2) August, 2009, (Oxford, Hart Publishing), pp. 409-449.
  •  Legal and Economic Appraisal of the “More Economic Approach” to Unilateral Exclusionary Conduct: Regulation of Loyalty-Inducing Rebates (Case C-95/04P), in 14, Yearbook of European Law, 2008, (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 446-518.