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Dr Fontanelli appointed adviser to Scottish Parliament Committee on Europe and External Affairs and international expert by the Council of Europe

Tue 3 September 2019


Dr Filippo Fontanelli, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law at the Edinburgh Law School, has been appointed as adviser to the Scottish Parliament Committee on Europe and External Affairs to advise on matters of international trade law.

Dr Fontanelli has contributed to the organisation of expert hearings and prepared a background paper for the committee, detailing the status of the international agreements that the UK has concluded to replace the ones currently in place between the EU and third countries. In his capacity as Academic Fellow of the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), Dr Fontanelli has prepared several blogposts on current matters of international trade relating to Brexit, including 'Free ports and international trade' and 'Trade in services after Brexit - what's on or off the table?', and a comprehensive Research Briefing on the nature and content of modern free trade agreements.

In addition to his new role as adviser to the Scottish Parliament committee, Dr Fontanelli has been appointed an international expert by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. He has joined a team of Venice Commission representative tasked with preparing an Opinion (952/2019) on the draft law concerning the finalisation of transitional ownership processes in the Republic of Albania, as requested by the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania.

The expert team will hold meetings in Tirana, Albania from 18 to 19 September 2019, and will submit the Opinion for examination and possible adoption to the October Venice Commission’s Plenary Session (Venice, 11-12 October 2019). Under review is the draft law with which Albania seeks to regulate the registration and legalisation of the titles of property on agricultural land, to complete the process of distribution of property commenced in 1991, after the end of the Communist regime. The Opinion will focus on the compliance of this measure with the standard of protection of fundamental rights in the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 1 of Protocol 1 on the protection of property rights.