Margherita Melillo

As a Ph.D. student at the European University Institute, my research analyses the use of expert evidence in international law-making, as well as the implications that this process has on implementation and on adjudication. In particular, I focus on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), as an example of a recent and successful ‘evidence-based treaty’.

More broadly, I am interested in international adjudication, and in particular:

  • Expert evidence in international economic and international criminal law
  • Dispute settlement systems in international investment and international trade law

In the spring of 2017, I have co-taught an intensive introductory courts on international courts and tribunals at the European University Institute.

I hold a law degree from the University of Pisa, as well as a diploma in law from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. I have been an exchange student at London School of Economics and Political Science and at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York.


• “The Legal and Evidential Value of the Guidelines for Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” (8 European Journal of Risk Regulation 1, 186-190, 2017).

• “Peace-keeping, peace-building, peace-justice: the contribution of UN PKOs to International Criminal Justice”, ITPCM International Commentary, Vol. X no. 36, July 2014, pp 33-37, ISSN 2239-7949.

• F Biondi dal Monte, M Melillo (eds) “Diritto di Asilo e protezione internazionale: Storie di migranti in Toscana”, February 2014, Pisa University Press, ISBN 9788867412174. • “Cooperation between the UN Peacekeeping Operation and the ICC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”, Journal of International Criminal Justice 2013 11: 763-782, ISSN 1478-1395.

Contact details


Postal address: European University Institute,
Villa Salviati,
Via Bolognese 156 –
50139 Firenze