Elena Ioriatti


Senato accademico

Professore ordinario

Facoltà di Giurisprudenza

Via Verdi, 53 - 38122 Trento
tel. 0461 283880
elena.ioriatti[at]unitn [dot] it


1988, Diploma in Comparative law, Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé, Strasbourg (France). 

1991 Law degree cum laude (Laurea in Giurisprudenza), Faculty of Law, University of Trento (thesis entirely published, Rivista di diritto civile).


PhD and education abroad

February 2001 – March 2002, Molengraaff Instituut voor Privaatrecht (University Utrecht), periods of collaboration as temporary researcher within the “Study Group on a European Civil Code”.

October 2005, Maastricht University, period of research and study on a joint publication under the supervision of prof. Sjef van Erp.

March 2005, PhD Defence (English and Italian), University of Trento.

July 2008, period of research at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg (library and cabinet of Justice A. Tizzano).

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

Academic work experiences, University of Trento, Faculty of Law 

2001, Temporary assistant professor, Private comparative law.

2005, Assistant professor, Private comparative law. 

2014, Associate  professor, Private comparative Law. 

2016, Full Professor, Private comparative Law.




a.a. 2015/16 - present - “Comparative Legal Systems”, Faculty of Law, Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza(compulsory). 

a.a. 2017/18 - present - “Comparative Legal Systems”, English Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative European and International Legal Studies (CEILS), (compulsory). 

a.a. 2006/07 – present “Workshop on legal translation of EU law”, Faculty of Law.


a.a. 2004/05- present “Sistemi giuridici comparati” (Comparative law), Faculty of Law.

Further teaching experiences 

a.a 2017/18 Visiting professor, course “Introduction to comparative Law”, European School Law and Government, Athens (Greece).

a.a. 2022/23 Invited visiting professor Washington University St. Louis, Missouri (US).

More information in the section “Allegati”.

Interessi di ricerca


Research interests: 

Comparative law methodology, European Law, European private law, Legal translation, 

Law  and Language, Comparative private law.


Results of the national evaluation of research products (VQR 2015 - 2019):



More information in the section “Allegati”.

Attività di ricerca

Comparative law methodology,  Legal Translation, EU legal terminology, Law interpretation, European Private Law, European Codification.

International and national grants 

2008 - 2013, shared appointment (together with Roberto Toniatti, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Trento), programme “Graduate Dual Degree in Transatlantic Program (Atlantis), VII Framework program (consortium composed by the University of Trento, Utrecht University and University Washington St. Louis- Missouri). Four-year project, 200.000,00 Euro assigned to the University of Trento. 

2013 - 2017, national coordinator for the project “Rights Reserved? Constraints and Contradictions of European Citizenship” – bEUcitizens – (European Commission, VII Framework Pro., general coordinator Prof. Sybe A. De Vries, Utrecht University). Four-year project, 225.000,00 Euro assigned to the University of Trento. 

2007 - 2008, Scientific coordinator of the project “Traduzione ed interpretazione del diritto: prime riflessioni" (translation and interpretation of law: preliminary account), funded by Trentino-A.A.

2008 - 2010, Academic co-coordinator of the project “Traduzione dei termini giuridici: lessici, ontologie e semantica dei diritti” (translation of legal terms: lexicon, ontology and semantics of law), co-funded by the University of Trento within the Ateneo-Miur agreement programme. 

2021, appointment for a project on a Summer school on citizenship and legal language, funded by Trento Province (TSM Trentino School of Management) and Trento University (7.500,00 Euro).

2022, University of Trento research support (18.000,00 Euro), project “Comparative law methodology in complex environments”.


Research funded projects (active participation)

2020-2021 European Land Registry Association (ELRA), funded by the European Commission, Bruxelles. “IMOLA III”. Advisor on comparative law methodology.

20018 – 2019 European Land Registry Association (ELRA), funded by the European Commission, Bruxelles. “IMOLA II”. Advisor on comparative law methodology. 

2018 – 2020, European Commission and Fondazione del notariato, Rome (Council of Notaries), general coordinator Brunella Carriero, notary,  project “EuLawInEnglish”, academic advisor and lectures.

Minister of research funds, PRIN 2013-2016. National and local coordinator Prof. Roberto Toniatti, “Giurisdizione e Pluralismi”. Member of the research group. 

Minister of research funds, PRIN 2005 - 2008. National coordinator Prof. Mauro Bussani “The Common core of European private law”. Member of the research group. 

Minister of research funds, PRIN 2001 - 2004. National coordinator Prof. Giovanni Sartor. Title of research “Agenti software e commercio elettronico: analisi economica e comparata delle regole giuridiche” (software agents and e-commerce: economic and comparative analysis of legal rules). Research contract. 

Minister of research funds, PRIN 2001 - 2003. National coordinator Prof. Mauro Bussani “The Common core of European private law”. Member of the research group. 


See CV (section "allegati"). 

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Memberships of International associations for the promotion of research and institutes

International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris (associate member, elected). 

Société de législation comparée, Paris (member). 

European Law Institute (ELI), Vienna (fellow).

SIRD Società Italiana per la Ricerca nel Diritto Comparato (association for research in comparative law), member. 

International Language and Law Association (ILLA).

AELFE language association. 

Member of the Advisory Board of the European Law Institute, Italian Hub.

Member of the Scientific committee of Isaidat Institute for research (University of Turin, founded by Rodolfo Sacco).

2008 - 2017 Member, Executive board of the REI network (Institutional Italian Excellence Network, EU Commission, DG Translation, Italian Department).

2008 – 2016 EU expert; Individual expert appointed in her personal capacity by the European Commission (DG Translation) for translation and multilingualism.


Scientific journals 

Editor-in-Chief of the law Journal Comparative Law and Language (edited by Trento University).

Scientific Committee of the Law Review Annuario di Diritto Comparato e Studi Legislativi.

Scientific Committee Law Review Calumet Intercultural Law and Humanties Review.

Scientific Committee ISAIDAT Law Review.


More information in the section: “Allegati”.

Premi e riconoscimenti

1992 Awarded of a one-year scholarship assigned by the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca, CNR).

1992 Awarded as of one the best graduates of the year, Cooperative local banks system (Trento)

2017, Rome (Italy), Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei,  Invited Speaker on legal translation.

2018 – present: member of the Advisory Board of the European Law Institute, Italian Hub. 

2022 - present: elected member of Trento University Academic Senate.


For more information see section “Allegati”.

Convegni e conferenze

Keynote Speeches, Prominent Speeches and National reports 

2023, Rome, Panel coordinator and speaker at the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law.

2023, Paris, Ecole Universitaire de Recherche du Grand Paris Francophonies, Plurilinguismes et Politique des langues.

2022, Porto (Portugal), Keynote Speaker, Comparative law and globalization, XXII World Congress on registered property (Ipra-Cinder).

2021, Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Distinguished guest lecture, EU legal language and comparative law.

2020, Rome, Fondazione Italiana del Notariato (Italian Notaries Foundations, Rome), Invited Speaker, The Jurist and the Legal Language over time (meeting held in videoconference).

2019, Maastricht (The Netherlands),  Faculty of Law, Opening Speech, International Symposium  A 21st Century approach to law and language in Europe, 50 years celebration of the Dutch Association of Comparative Law and IALS conference. 

2018, Fukuoka (Japan), International Academy of Comparative Law, XX General Congress, Italian national reporter on Bilingual legal education

2017, Rome (Italy), Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Invited Speaker on legal translation http://www.lincei.it/ 

2017, Rome (Italy), Opening Speech, 60 years celebration of the Rome Treaties, European Commission and REI net (DG Translation). 

2017, Trento, Introduction to the Lectio Magistralis Prof. Rodolfo Sacco (Emeritus, Turin University, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei of Rome), organized by the Bar Association, FBK Institute, Trento. 

2016, Athens, (Greece), Rodolfo Sacco and Elena Ioriatti, Guest Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Athens. 

2015, Brixen (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy), International meeting (with the participation of the President of the Italian Council Matteo Renzi), “Regionen in EUropa – EUropa der Regionen”, Innsbruck University, speech The role of the Regions in the EU Harmonization process

2014, Copenhgen (Denmark), “EU Citizens and European Rights: seminar with leading international experts", Centre for European Studies in Economic Law, Faculty of Law, Copenhagen University, invited speaker on the topic “Citizenship, languages and economic rights”. 

2012, Milan, (Italy) Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Faculty of Law, Opening Lecture “EU legal terminology” on the invitation and in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Law and of the Dean of the Faculty of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literature Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. 

2011, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), Istituto internazionale di studi europei A. Rosmini Bolzano/Internationalen Instituts für Europäische studien, A. Rosmini, Bozen.  International meeting held under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, “Quale lingua per l' Europa” (Which language for Europe)? 

For a complete list of conferences see section “Allegati”.

Altre attività

Advisor, European Land Registry Association (ELRA), Bruxelles. 

Member, Scientific committee Scuola Forense, Trento Bar association (School for the Legal Professions). 

Attorney (Avvocato), Trento Court of Appeal. Practicing attorney 1992-2001.

Journalist (qualified for scientific journals only)


See CV (section "allegati").