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Marco Rizzi


  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth



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Personal profile


Marco joined UWA Law School in 2018 where he teaches in the JD and LLM programs. He obtained an LLB and a Master of Laws in Civil Law at the University of Pisa (Italy) and a Diploma License in Legal Sciences, awarded with honours, at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa. In 2010 he obtained an LLM in European, Comparative and International Law from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), where he went on to undertake research for his PhD, awarded in 2015. Prior to joining UWA he has been Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Seychelles.

Research interests

Marco researches the law as a tool for the protection of individual and collective health and safety. He has two overarching interests. First, the public private/divide and the public functions of private law, with a specific focus on the interplay between torts and regulation in its modern hybrid and transnational form. Secondly, the evolving relationship between risk, uncertainty and law, exploring both the extent to which legal tools can effectively address emerging risks, but also how complex multi-layered systems of rules can be liable themselves to create uncertainty.

As a firm believer in the non-neutrality of the law, in his research he also actively engages with the uneasy relationship between the legal and the political.

Currently he is under contract with:

  • Cambridge University Press - Research monograph based on PhD dissertation (working title: "Transnational Pharmaceutical regulation in the Courts - Closed System, Hard Looks);
  • Routledge - Monograph exploring theories and practices of the relationship between risk and the law (working title: "Risk - New Trajectories in Law")

Roles and responsibilities

Member (Legal) - UWA Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

Member - Committee of Management of the UWA Academic Staff Association 

Member - UWA Law School Learning and Teaching Committee

UWA Law School Academic Conduct Advisor

Mental Health First Aider - accredited with Mental Health First Aid Australia

Teaching overview

LAWS4106 Torts (JD)

LAWS5181 Health Law & Policy (JD/LLM/Masters)

LAWS5215 Regulation: Theories & Practices (Masters/LLM/SJD)

Funding overview

Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccine & Infectious Diseases - Catalyst Research Grant (2020) - Project title: ‘CORONAVAX: Preparing Community and Government’ - ($99,946.00) (with Chris Blyth, Katie Attwell, Samatha Carlson, Tauel Harper, Jordan Tchilingirian, Paul Effler, Catherine Hughes, Valerie Swift)

UWA Research Impact Grant (2019) - Project title: 'Building vaccine confidence against bad science: the role of liability and compensation schemes for vaccine related injuries' - ($20,000) (with Katie Attwell, UWA School of Social Sciences)

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme 'Duo Wallonia-Brussels' (2019) - Project title: 'Law, Artificial Intelligence and the Future' (€5,000) (with Christophe Lazaro, UC Louvain)

UWA IAS Visiting Fellowship (2019) - Project title: 'Law, Artificial Intelligence and the Future' ($3,000) - invited guest: Prof. Christophe Lazaro (UC Louvain)

UWA Educational Enhancement Unit (2018) - Project title: 'Flipping Torts, using digital tech to enhance JD students' learning experience ($5,000) (with Kate Offer, UWA Law School)

Previous positions

Until August 2017 Marco was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seychelles (UniSey) where he was Head of the Department of Law until March 2017. At UniSey he taught Common Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, EU Law and Legal Theory in the LLB programme, and Advocacy Skills in the Bar Vocational Course. As Head of Department he was responsible for the development and growth of the department’s research undertakings, curricular and extra-curricular activities, and faculty recruitment.

Prior to his appointment at UniSey he held varied positions including legal advisor in private practice, research assistant, and trainer for judges. He has been visiting scholar at Berkeley Law School, California, and visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London.


Italian (mother tongue)
French (mother tongue)
English (full proficiency - C2 CEFR)

Education/Academic qualification

Laws, PhD, European University Institute

Comparative, European and International Laws, LLM, European University Institute

Legal Sciences, Honors Diploma, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Civil Law, LLM, Universita degli Studi di Pisa

Law, LLB, Universita degli Studi di Pisa

Research expertise keywords

  • Torts and obligations
  • Risk regulation
  • Regulatory theory
  • Transnational Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Private Law
  • Health and medical law

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Research Output

Open Access

Connecting with Tort Law

Davis, J., Rizzi, M. & Offer, K., 1 Jun 2020, 2 ed. Oxford University Press. 730 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Cooperative Federalism, Soft Governance and Hard Laws in Australia’s State of Emergency

    Tulich, T., Rizzi, M. & McGaughey, F., 10 Apr 2020, Verfassungsblog.

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    Universite Catholique de Louvain

    Marco Rizzi (Visiting researcher)
    15 Apr 202115 May 2021

    Activity: External visitsVisiting an external academic institution

    8th Biennial Regulatory Governance Conference sponsored the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance

    Marco Rizzi (Participant), Christophe Lazaro (Participant)
    2021 → …

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    AP-PPN Annual Conference 2020

    Marco Rizzi (Participant)
    13 Feb 202014 Feb 2020

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    Law, Technology and Labour Governance Symposium

    Marco Rizzi (Participant), Nin Kirkham (Participant), Adam Andreotta (Participant)
    13 Mar 2020

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    Law, Technology and Labour Governance Symposium

    Marco Rizzi (Participant), Christophe Lazaro (Participant)
    13 Mar 2020

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    Press / Media

    Clearing up confusion over hand sanitisers

    Marco Rizzi


    1 Media contribution

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    From Tuscany to WA via Seychelles: the story of Dr Marco Rizzi

    Marco Rizzi


    1 Media contribution

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