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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, for a research monograph based on his PhD dissertation (working title: "Transnational Pharmaceutical regulation in the Courts - Closed System, Hard Looks);
  • Routledge, for a monograph exploring theories and practices of the relationship between risk and the law (working title: "Risk - New Trajectories in Law")
  • Oxford University Press, for the second edition of the Australian tort law textbook "Connecting with Tort 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

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)

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

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)

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


  • Torts and obligations
  • Risk perception
  • Regulation
  • Transnational Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Private Law
  • Health and medical law

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Research Output 2011 2019

Defectiveness and causation in vaccine liability cases: The jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Justice of the European Union

Rizzi, M. & Vicente, L., 5 Sep 2019, The Transformation of Economic Law: Essays in Honour of Hans-W. Micklitz. de Almeida, L., Cantero Gamito, M., Durovic, M. & Purnhagen, K. P. (eds.). 1 ed. Hart Publishing, p. 367-388

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

court of justice
Supreme Court

There is no (legal) alternative: Codifying economic ideology into law

Farrand, B. & Rizzi, M., 2019, The Crisis Behind the Euro-Crisis: The Euro-Crisis as a Multi-Dimensional Systemic Crisis of the EU. Nanopoulos, E. & Vergis, F. (eds.). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

A Dangerous Method: Correlations and proof of causation in vaccine related injuries

Rizzi, M., 21 Dec 2018, In : Journal of European Tort Law. 9, 3, 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

producer liability
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contagious disease

Challenges to EU Regulation of Vaccines for Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases

Rizzi, M., 2018

Research output: Non-traditional research outputWeb publication/site

Open Access


Press / Media

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

Marco Rizzi


1 media contribution

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