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Dr Tomaso Ferrando


Dr. Tomaso Ferrando is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. He obtained his PhD in Law from Sciences Po Law School in 2015 and has been an Italian barrister since 2011. After graduating at the University of Turin, he has been Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School), the Universidade de São Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). He holds a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin and has been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 he 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, he has been cooperating with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid International.

When wearing the academic hat, he adopts a multidisciplinary approach to pierce the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching. Global Value Chains and the complexity of transnational networks of production offer a good laboratory of analysis and engagement. In his PhD, he starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon the territorial and legal complexity of production, including 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 analyse 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