Scientific Committee

Composed of experts and academics representing all of the EUI’s academic units, the Scientific Committee is responsible for devising the programme, focusing on topical issues, and ensuring discussions are engaging, accessible, and scientifically sound.

Marco Del Panta, Secretary General, EUI

Marco Del Panta is Secretary General of the EUI. He was previously City Councilman and Special Advisor to the Mayor of Florence. A career diplomat, he served most recently as Italy’s Ambassador to Switzerland. Previously, he was Director for Migration Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served at the General Directorate for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in Brussels at the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU. Previously, he held diplomatic positions in Austria and Egypt. Del Panta taught a course on “European Governance and decision making” at the University of Florence (2009-2011) and is member of the Council of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe in Lausanne.

Monika Baar, Professor and Joint Chair, Department of History and Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Monika Baar is Professor in the History of East-Central and South-Eastern Europe and holds a Joint Chair at the Department of History and the Robert Schuman Centre. She holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford (2002) and subsequently held a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a two-year Teaching Fellowship at the University of Essex. She also held fellowships at the Centro Incontri Umani, Ascona (Switzerland), the Free University Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study in Edinburgh, Collegium Budapest and the National Humanities Centre, Canberra. Before joining the Institute for History at Leiden University in 2015 she was Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen between 2009 and 2015. In June 2017 she was appointed as the holder of the Special Chair for Central European Studies at the Leiden University Institute for History.

Elena Calsamiglia, Researcher, Department of Law, EUI

Elena Calsamiglia is a PhD researcher at the EUI, Department of Law. Her research focuses on the enforcement of corporate sustainability duties in the EU, and specifically of the emerging European sustainable corporate governance framework. She holds a five-year combined bachelor/master degree in Law from the University of Trento. Before starting her PhD, she was as an associate in the Corporate M&A team of Clifford Chance, Milan office, advising companies and financial investors on extraordinary transactions and corporate governance issues. Calsamiglia sits in the Scientific Committee as a representative of the EUI researcher’s community and for the project “Ponte Europa”, a researcher-led civic engagement initiative at the EUI that focuses on bridging academia and civil society.

Jeffrey T. Checkel, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI

Jeffrey T. Checkel joined the Department of Political and Social Sciences in January 2020, as Chair in International Politics, moving from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he held the Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security. He had previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oslo. Checkel’s research interests include international relations theory (domestic-international linkages, international institutions, constructivism, governance), conflict studies (civil war), European integration (Europeanization, identity) and qualitative methods (process tracing, bridging positivist-interpretive techniques). He has published broadly on these topics, including four books from Cambridge University Press and one volume from Yale University Press. At EUI, he offers seminars on international-relations theory; civil wars; the liberal order and identity politics; international institutions; qualitative methods; and philosophies of social science.

Marco Incerti, Director, Communications Service, EUI

Marco Incerti is the Director of the Communications Service at the EUI. Before joining the Institute, he worked for fifteen years as Head of Communication and Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Previously, he had worked in the International Law Department of the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. As a researcher, he concentrated on the European Constitutional process, following the work of the Convention on the future of Europe. Incerti is a member of the European Association of Communication Directors and enjoys Observer status at the Club of Venice, the network of the communication officials of the EU28 chancelleries and foreign ministries.

Erik Jones, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI

Erik Jones is Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012, with Dana H. Allin), and The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is co-editor of Government & Opposition and a contributing editor of Survival. His commentary has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and other major newspapers and magazines across Europe and North America.

Fabrizia Mealli, Professor, Department of Economics, EUI

Fabrizia Mealli is Professor of Econometrics at the Department of Economics of the EUI. Before joining the EUI, she was Professor of Statistics at the Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications “G.Parenti” – DiSIA at the University of Florence since 2005 and Director of the Florence Center for Data Science. She held visiting positions at the Harvard Statistics and Biostatistics Departments in 2001, 2015, and 2017. Mealli is an Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and sits on the Steering Committee of the European Causal Inference Meeting (EUROCIM). She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association T&M, The Annals of Applied Statistics, and Observational Studies. Since 2001, Mealli has been teaching Causal Inference in International Schools and in Master and PhD programmes around the world. Her research focuses on developing and applying methods for drawing causal inferences in experimental and observational studies.

Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Chair in Global Affairs at the School of Transnational Governance (EUI), where inter alia she directs the Transnational Democracy Programme and co-convenes the EUI democracy cluster. She was Professor at the University of Oxford, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and at Ecole Nationale d’Admistration. She has worked with numerous EU governments and institutions, including as a member of the European Council’s reflection group on the future of Europe chaired by Felipe González (2008-10). Professor Nicolaidis’s research revolves around internal and external aspects of European integration as well as global affairs, theaters of recognition, democratic theory, transnational legal empathy and social solidarity, global governance and international trade, sustainable integration, post-colonialism, myth and politics and the import of new technologies on international relations. Her last books are: A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law – Why We Need to Fight for the Most Precious Human Inventions of All Time and Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit. Her website:

Georgios Papakonstantinou, Dean of Executive Education, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Georgios Papakonstantinou is the EUI Dean of Executive Education and holds the Chair of International Political economy at the School of Transnational Governance. He is an economist who holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has served government at the highest level, as cabinet minister, Member of Parliament and Member of European Parliament (MEP). As Greece’s Finance Minister and subsequently Minister of Environment and Energy, he guided implementation of an ambitious and wide-ranging governance reform programme relating to budget and revenue processes, market liberalisation, publicly owned corporations and the divestment of state assets, as well as for the transition to clean energy and a green economy. In the earlier part of his career, he was a senior economist at the OECD, subsequently served in a policy advisory capacity for the Greek government.

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Nicolas Petit, Head of Department of Law, EUI

Nicolas Petit is Head of Department and Professor of Competition Law at the Department of Law of the European University Institute, as well as invited Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Prior to joining the EUI, Petit has held a position as a expert adviser (assessor) with the Belgian competition authority and has worked in private practice with a leading US law firm in Brussels. From 2017 to 2020, he was a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.