Giuliano Amato, born in 1938, studied law at the University of Pisa, where he graduated in 1960. Master’s degree in Comparative Law at the School of Law of Columbia University (N.Y.) in 1962. Full Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Rome, School of Political Science, from 1975 to 1997, he is Professor Emeritus of the EUI in Florence and gives yearly seminars at the Law School of the N.Y Columbia University.
Member of Parliament for 18 years, he was Under Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister for the Treasury, Minister for Constitutional Reforms, Minister of Interior, Deputy Prime Minister and twice Prime Minister (in 1992/1993 and in 2000/2001). He also headed the Italian Antitrust Authority from 1994 to 1997 and was Vice-President of the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002/2003) and Chairman of the International Commission on the Balkans, sponsored in 2005 by the Bosch Stiftung, the German Marshall Fund, the King Baudouin Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation. Currently he chairs the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana and the Center for American Studies in Rome. He also chairs the Committee for the Celebrations of the 150° Anniversary of the Italian National Unity and the International Advisory Board of the Fondazione Italiani Europei.
In 2002 he has been elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written books and articles on the economy and public institutions, European antitrust, personal liberties, comparative government, European integration and humanities.