Marco Rizzi

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 Masters in Civil Law at the University of Pisa, and an Honours Diploma in Legal Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (Italy). He holds 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

Principal areas of interest:

- Torts

- Health Law & Policy

- Risk Regulation

- Law & Technology


Marco researches the law as a tool for the protection of individual and collective health and safety. His interests span 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.

He also explores the evolving relationship between risk, uncertainty and law, and the extent to which legal tools can effectively address emerging risks and the power relations that inspire regulatory action.

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.

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Head of School (Students)

Elected Member - UWA Academic Board

Secretary - UWA Academic Staff Association 

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

Teaching overview

LAWS4106 Torts (JD)

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

LAWS5215 Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation (Masters/LLM/SJD)

LAWS5260 Intersections of Law, Policy and Government (Masters)

Funding overview

Lotterywest and UWA - COVID-19 grants (2020) - Project title: 'Charities Accessing Reserves: Building Resilience by Helping WA Charities Access their Reserves in Crises' ($44,000) - Role: Chief Investigator

WA Department of Health - FHRI Focus Grants: COVID-19 (2020) - Project title: 'CORONAVAX 3: Helping the hard-to-reach' - ($224,991.00) - Role: Chief Investigator

WA Department of Health - Category 2 Government Grant (2020) - Project title: ‘CORONAVAX: Preparing Community and Government’ - ($99,818.00) - Role: Chief Investigator

Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccine & Infectious Diseases - Catalyst Research Grant (2020) - Project title: ‘CORONAVAX: Preparing Community and Government’ - ($99,946.00) - Role: Chief Investigator

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) - Role: Project Lead

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme 'Duo Wallonia-Brussels' (2019) - Project title: 'Law, Artificial Intelligence and the Future' (€5,000) - Role: Project Lead

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) - Role: Project Lead

Previous positions

2019 - 2020 UWA Law School Academic Conduct Advisor

2019 - 2020 Member, UWA Law School Learning and Teaching Committee

2018 - 2020 Member (Lawyer), UWA Human Research Ethics Committee

2015 - 2017 Head of Department of Law, University of Seychelles

2014 - 2017 Senior Lecturer in Law,  University of Seychelles / University of London

2013 - 2014 Trainer for Judges, EUI Centre for Judicial Cooperation

2012 Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley School of Law

2011 Visiting Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

2009 - 2011 Legal Advisor, LexJus Sinacta - Florence (Private practice)


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, University of Pisa

Law, LLB, University of 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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