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Notable developments have been occurring in the field of European Security and Defence Policy in recent years. They have not been merely confined to the elaboration of political declaration, the adoption of legal instruments and the setting of capability goals. Several operations have been launched, testing on the ground the relevance of progress in this area. The process towards the creation of ESDP has been marked by significant institutional innovations. A full-fledged ESDP machinery is now in place, with several bodies and structures involved in the different phases of decision-making procedures in both sectors of arms cooperation and capabilities development, and civilian as well as military crisis management. The research will analyse – in a legal perspective – such progress towards a ESDP institutional framework; it will focus on military crisis management, although giving briefly account of other issues when strictly necessary. The evolution of ESDP raises a number of legal and institutional issues, such as: the legal nature of the new machinery and its position in the EU legal order, the problems of coordination between different bodies and structures and the effectiveness of relevant procedures, and the arrangements to ensure acceptable standards of accountability. The research will investigate these problems, and – by doing this – it will try to assess how the tension between two conflicting features – i.e. formalisation and flexibility – actually operates in ESDP. It aims at representing a preliminary attempt to assess whether – and to what extent – a trend towards greater formalisation has been emerging in this area. It has been argued in literature that gradual formalisation and institutionalisation characterised the evolution from European Political Cooperation (hereinafter EPC) to the current Common Foreign and Security Policy (hereinafter CFSP) legal order. In the light of all the developments mentioned above, it is necessary to understand whether something similar has been occurring in ESDP, with particular regard to EU military crisis management.
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From August 2006 (Ongoing): Research Fellow in EU Law at the University of Florence, Department of Public Law. Main responsibilites: Research project: “In search for effectiveness: a legal analysis of the ESDP institutional framework”; funded by Compagnia S.Paolo, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and VolkswagenStiftung under the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme
Academic years 2005-06 and 2006-07: Lecturer at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Law; University of Florence, Faculty of Economics. Main responsibilites: Courses in EU Law and in EC Law of Development
25 May 2005: Ph.D. in International and EU Law, University of Siena (Italy)
14 September 2001: LL.M. (Master of Laws) Degree in European Community Law, Leiden University, Faculty of Law (The Netherlands)
25 January 2000: Degree in Political Science, Major in International Politics and Law, University of Pisa, Faculty of Political Science (Italy)
“Il principio di condizionalità nella normativa comunitaria sul sistema delle preferenze generalizzate”, (Conditionality in the EC Generalized System of Preferences), IV Incontro tra giovani cultori delle materie internazionalistiche, Teramo, 28-30 September 2006
“In search of effectiveness: a legal analysis of the ESDP institutional framework”, Conference “An EU Foreign and Security Policy with Global Reach? Actors, Procedures, Capabilities and Effectiveness”, Bruxelles, 12-16 September 2006.