Marco Rizzi

Dr, LLB (Hons) LLM UniPi, LLM PhD EUI, GradCertTerTeach W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Marco is Associate Professor at UWA Law School where he teaches Torts, Health Law & Policy, and Risk Regulation. His teaching experience spans a variety of private law, regulatory and theoretical subjects, across both core courses and specialised electives, as well as multiple course structures and delivery methods.

His research interests include the policy and regulation of therapeutic goods, medical liability, vaccine policy and regulation, risk and regulatory theory, and law & technology. Marco is well versed in doctrinal, interdisciplinary and multi-method research and he is an experienced collaborator and grant applicant.

He is also a dedicated member of the University community and has taken up significant service roles throughout his career, including Head of Department and member of Senate at his previous institution, and lawyer of the Human Research Ethics Committee and member of Academic Board at UWA. He is currently Deputy Head of School for Students.

Research interests

  • Tort Law
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Risk Regulation
  • Regulatory Theory
  • Law & Technology

Roles and responsibilities

UWA Law School - Deputy Head of School (Students)

UWA Academic Board - Elected Member

UWA Academic Staff Association - President

UWA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee - Staff Union Representative

Teaching overview

LAWS4106 Torts (JD)

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

LAWS5215 Risk Regulation (Hons/Masters/JD/SJD)

Funding overview

Current projects:

MRFF - Early to Mid-Career Researchers (2021) - Project title: 'MandEval: Effectiveness and Consequences of Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates' ($4,754,183) - Role: Chief Investigator

MRFF - Genomics Health Futures Mission (2021) - Project title: 'LINEAGE: Law, ethics and sociology of data governance in genomics' ($4,999,986) - Role: Chief Investigator

Completed projects:

Lotterywest and UWA - COVID-19 grants (2020) - Project title: 'Charities Accessing Reserves: Building Resilience by Helping WA Charities Access their Reserves in Crises' ($80,000) - 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

Exchanges and visiting programs:

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme (2023) - Visiting the department of Public Law and Historico-Legal Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (€2,620)

UWA IAS Visiting Fellowship (2023) - Project title: 'The electoral consequences of affective polarization' ($4,500) - invited guest: Prof. Diego Garzia (University of Lausanne)

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)

Previous positions

2024 Visiting Fellow, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance

2021 - 2024 Secretary, UWA Academic Staff Association

2018 - 2022 Senior Lecturer, UWA Law School

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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Tertiary Teaching, Graduate Certificate, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 19 Dec 2022

Laws, PhD, European University Institute

Award Date: 29 Sept 2015

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

Award Date: 24 Jun 2010

Jurisprudence, Master degree, University of Pisa

Award Date: 5 Oct 2009

Legal Sciences, Honours diploma, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Award Date: 18 Jun 2007

Juridical Sciences, Bachelor degree, University of Pisa

Award Date: 26 Apr 2006

External positions

Regulatory Scientific Committee Member, International Rare Diseases Research Consortium

2024 → …

Governance Committee Member, Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law

2023 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Torts
  • Risk Regulation
  • Regulatory Theory
  • Health & Medical Law
  • Transnational Law
  • Health Policy
  • Law & Society
  • Law & Technology
  • Consumer Law


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