Elena Ioriatti


Senato accademico

Professore ordinario

Facoltà di Giurisprudenza

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


Law degree cum laude (Laurea in Giurisprudenza), Faculty of Law, University of Trento, Thesis on the codification process in the Netherlands  (entirely published in Rivista di Diritto Civile). 

PhD., University of Trento, in Italian and English. Thesis on the European Civil Code (Ph.D defence held in English).  


Education abroad 

Molengraaff Instituut voor Privaatrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands); Rijksuniversiteit Maastricht (The

Netherlands); Legal service of the Council of the European Union (Bruxelles); Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg).

Undergraduate: Rijksuniversiteit Maastricht (The Netherlands);  Trier Faculty of Law (Germany); Faculté internationale de droit compare Strasbourg (France).


Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

Full professor, Comparative private law, Faculty of Law, University of Trento 

Member of the council of the Doctoral School in Comparative and European Legal Studies, Trento University.

Member, Steering Committee Ceils, English Bachelor «Comparative European and International Legal Studies», University of Trento (Prof. Sabino Cassese, Prof. Flavia Lattanzi, Prof. Sybe de Vries, Mrs. Madga Bianco, Mrs. Gianni Bonvicini, Judge Federico Paciolla). 

Delegate of the Faculty of Law and scientific coordinator of the double title program of Trento University “Transnational Law Program” with Washington University St. Louis (Missouri).

Delegate of the Faculty of Law to the Trento University Language Center (CLA).

Coordinator of the LLM agreement Ceils English bachelor «Comparative European and International Legal Studies» (Trento University) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands).



English: E. Ioriatti, “Comparative legal systems”, Faculty of Law, University of Trento, (compulsory)

English: E. Ioriatti, Sjef van Erp (Maastricht University, NL)  “Comparative legal systems”, English Bachelor in Comparative, European and International Legal Studies (CEILS), Faculty of Law, University of Trento (compulsory).

Bilingual (English - Italian): Workshop on “Legal translation of European Union law”, (elective).

See CV (section "allegati"). 


Interessi di ricerca

European private law, comparative private law, comparative law methodology, law and language, legal translation, European legal language.


See CV (section "allegati"). 

Attività di ricerca

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


Recipient of International research funds (Eu Commission, VII Framework program).

2008 - 2013, shared appointment (together with Prof. Roberto Toniatti, Professor of Comparative constitutional law, Faculty of Law, University of Trento) for the funding assigned by the European Commission within the VII framework programme (Atlantis) of the transnational forensic training programme “Graduate Dual Degree in Transatlantic Law” (“Transnational Law Programme”, University of Trento, University of Utrecht, University of Washington St. Louis- Missouri, University of Belfast, University of Lisbon).   

Four-year project, with funding for 600,000.00 Euro, 200,000.00 of which 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 Program, general coordinator Prof. Sybe A. De Vries, Professor of Single Market, Utrecht University, Faculty of Law and Government, The Netherlands). 

Four-year project, with a total amount of 6.5 million Euro, 225,000.00 of which assigned to the University of Trento. 


Research financial support 

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

2010, Academic coordinator, with Prof. Giovanni Pascuzzi and Prof. Jens Woelk, 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.

2011, Scientific coordinator of the Summer School “Legal translation for legal education theory and practice”, funded by the European Commission (Atlantis program) and Trento Faculty of Law.

2021, Scientific coordinator of the winter school “Citizenship and legal language”, together with Mrs Paola Borz (Trentino school of management, TSM), funded by Trento University foudation, Trento Provicne (TSM) and Trento Faculty of Law. 


Participation in research funded projects and International research groups.   

Molengraaff Instituut voor Privaatrecht (University of Utrecht and University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), “Study Group on a European Civil Code”.  Researcher.

Minister of research funds, PRIN 2001. 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), period 2001 - 2003. 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.  

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 2013-2016. National and local coordinator Prof. Roberto Toniatti. Member of the research group. 

 “Roadmap to European effective Justice (RE-Jus)”, European Commission, coordinator Prof. Fabrizio Cafaggi. 2016 – 2019. Member of the research group. 

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

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

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


Scientific coordination of research groups.

2015 – 2018, Coordinator of the “Study group on legal terminology” for the REI network (Institutional Italian Excellence Network, EU Commission, DGT, Italian Department) in cooperation with Mrs. Manuela Guggeis (Head of Unit, Lawyer - linguists Service of the European Council)

2013 - 2017 Member of the Executive Board of the consortium  (26 European and non – European universities) “Rights Reserved? Constraints and Contradictions of European Citizenship” – bEUcitizens VII Framework Programme, EU Commission.

2013 - 2017, Coordinator of Work Package “Economic Rights”, bEUcitizens - VII Framework Programme.  

Coordinator of “bEUcitizen Unitn team”, National research group on the topics object of the funding: http://www.giurisprudenza.unitn.it/74/beucitizen   

Founder and scientific coordinator of Transjus group on legal translation, Trento University.


See CV (section "allegati"). 

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Active roles in International scientific committees for the promotion of research. Scientific committees of law journals.

Editor - in - Chief of the  international journal “Comparative Law and Language” (editor Trento University).

Member, Advisory Board, “European Law Institute”, Italian Hub (Prof. Marta Cartabia, prof. Antonio Gambaro, prof. Vincenzo Varano, prof. Oreste Pollicino, prof. Roberto Caranta, prof. Andrea Barenghi).

Member, Scientific Committee ISAIDAT, “Subalpine institute for the analysis and teaching of law relating to transnational activities”, Turin, (Italy).

Advisor, European Land Registry Association (ELRA) and European Commission, Bruxelles (IMOLA project).

Member, Scientific Committee of the law review “Annuario di Diritto Comparato e di Studi Legislativi” (Comparative Law and Legal Studies). 

2012 – 2018, Member, Executive board (Comitato direttivo) of the REI network (Institutional Italian Excellence Network, EU Commission, DGT, Italian Department)

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


Memberships of International Association of the promotion of research.

International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris (associate member) 

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.   

Premi e riconoscimenti

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

Convegni e conferenze

Keynote Speeches and National Reports.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

2019, Maastricht, (The Netherlands),  Faculty of Law, invited Speaker at the IALS (International association of legal sciences) Conference and event for the 50 years celebration of the Dutch Association of Comparative Law.

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

2021, Invited speaker at the Webinar organized in view of the 23rd International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law – IRSL 2023, Global Semiotics, Intercultural Legal Space and the Interplay between ‘Facticity’ and ‘Normativity’.

2021, Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Guets lecture on comparative law and language.

2022 Keynote Speaker at the XXII International Ipra-Cinder congress, Porto (Portugal).

List of conferences: see CV (section "Allegati").

Altre attività


Other Activities

Attorney  (Avvocato).

Member of the Scientific committee of the Scuola Forense (School for the legal profession, Trento Bar association).

Journalist (Trento register).

Trainer on legal language (DGT Translation, EU Commission)


See CV (section "allegati").