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Dr M. (Marta) Morvillo

Post-doctoral researcher
Faculty of Law
European Public Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:A10.24
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Marta is a constitutional lawyer interested in the interaction between technical and democratic legitimacy and in particular in the role of experts and technical knowledge in constitutionally relevant decision-making processes. Her broader research interests include domestic and EU constitutional law and governance.

    As a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Amsterdam, Marta will be affiliated to the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance and will develop a research project titled “The constitutional place of expertise” (CONPLEX). CONPLEX’s overall goal is to contribute to the development of a constitutionally informed theory of expertise within the framework of the European Union. Focusing on policy fields characterised by the involvement of scientific and economic expertise, the research will explore how constitutional principles can enhance the democratic legitimacy of expert-based decision-making in the EU by triggering processes of mutual learning between European Courts and decision makers. 

    Marta holds a Ph.D. in Constitutional law from the University of Bologna, an LL.M. in Public law and global governance from King’s College London and a law degree cum laude from the University of Bologna. Her doctoral thesis, titled ‘Who decides on technical legislation? Analysing the dialogue between politics and expertise in drafting and applying technical legislation’, focused on the genetic aspects of technical rules and standards, trying to outline the paradigms according to which technical contents influence legislative processes. Since 2015, Marta has held post-doctoral positions at the University of Bologna (2015-2017) and at the European University Institute (Max Weber Fellowship 2017-2018) and has been visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2015 and 2017).

  • Publications


    • Morvillo, M. (2019). Climate change litigation e separazione dei poteri: riflessioni a partire dal caso Urgenda. Forum di Quaderni costituzionali - Rassegna, 2019(6). [details]
    • Morvillo, M., (2019). Case note: CJEU: (nr. T-716/14, nr. Case T-329/17: The General Court Orders Disclosure of Glyphosate-related Scientific Studies: Tweedale, Hautala, and the Concept of Environmental Information in the Context of Plant Protection Products), No. ECLI:EU:T:2019:141, 9 p.



    • Morvillo, M. (Accepted/In press). From contestation to accountability in EU pesticides regulation. The case of glyphosate. Paper presented at Max Weber June Conference , Florence, Italy.


    • Morvillo, M. (2019). Transparency of scientific advice in the context of EU agencies: EFSA, ECHA and EMA compared. Paper presented at EUREX workshop Expertise and policy-making – comparative perspectives, Den Haag, Netherlands.
    • Weimer, M., & Morvillo, M. (2019). Addressing the democratic concerns of EU regulatory science – what role for the CJEU?. Paper presented at ACELG Annual conference "Expertise, participation, and EU law. A constitutional perspective", Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Journal editor

    • Morvillo, M. (editor) (2019-2023). European Journal of Risk Regulation (Journal).
    • Morvillo, M. (reviewer) (2019). European Journal of Risk Regulation (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Morvillo, M. (speaker) (14-1-2020). Glyphosate effect: has the glyphosate controversy affected the EU’s regulatory epistemology?, Maastricht University, Faculty of Law.
    • Morvillo, M. (speaker) (22-11-2019). A principled approach to risk regulation: trends in the judicial review of science- based measures in the EU., ICON-S Italian Chapter annual conference “New technologies and the future of public law”, Florence.
    • Morvillo, M. (speaker) (2-9-2019). EMA, Risk Regulation, and Accountability through Courts. The case of medicinal products, UACES conference 2019, Lisbon.
    • Morvillo, M. (speaker) (6-6-2019). From Contestation to Accountability in EU Pesticides Regulation? A constitutional perspective, The science and politics of glyphosate, Rotterdam.
    • Morvillo, M. (speaker) (23-11-2018). ICON-S Italian chapter Inaugural conference : Unity and fragmentation within and beyond the State - Paper title: Gli indicatori economici come norme tecniche: genesi, problematiche e possibili traiettorie di comparazione (Economic indicators as technical rules: genesis, problems, and trajectories for comparison), ICON-S Italian chapter Inaugural conference , Rome.


    • Morvillo, M. (organiser), Weimer, M. (organiser) & Brito Bastos, F. (organiser) (8-11-2019). ACELG Annual conference "Expertise, participation, and EU law. A constitutional perspective", Amsterdam. ACELG annual conference on “Expertise, participation, and EU law: a constitutional perspective” (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Morvillo, M. (organiser) (17-10-2019). Governing (with) numbers: economic indicators and the budget decision in the Constitutional State, Bologna (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Morvillo, M. (participant) (23-11-2018 - 24-11-2018). ICON-S Italian chapter Inaugural conference, Rome. Organising committee (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
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