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Dr Tomaso Ferrando

Biography

I obtained my PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and I have been an Italian barrister since 2011. After graduating at the University of Turin, I have been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de S ão Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). I hold a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin, and I have been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 I worked as a pro bono lawyer for Racimos de Ungurahui, a Peruvian NGO specialized in providing legal support to local communities affected by development projects and resources extraction. Since then, I have been cooperating with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid International. 

When I wear the academic hat, I leverage a multidisciplinary approach to refuse the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching. My doctoral research project starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon the territorial and legal complexity of production, including the the "increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies." As such, legal scholars should analyze the interplay of neo-liberalism, legal globalization and financialization both in terms of their interconnection and in terms of the use of law as a privileged proxy through which the expansion of finance, the internationalization of capital, and the globalization of markets are achieved.

You can follow my work via twitter, on @ferrandotom