The privatization of universities in Italy

Italian governments have tried for many years to privatise the higher education sector, either directly or indirectly. In the book La privatizzazione dellUniversità. Il modello delle fondazioni, I deal with the attempt to privatize universities by transforming them into foundations.

After tracing a history of the regulation of higher education institutions in Italy, I then deal with two types of private foundations: the foundations that are set up to support public universities under legge (statute) 388/2000 and those that are designed to replace public universities under legge 133/2008 (so-called Gelmini reform).

In this book, I claim that such an attempt to privatise Italian universities is in violation of the Constitution and I point at private-public partnerships as a possibility to explore. Since publishing it, I’ve partly changed my mind and I am now convinced the whole of the HE architecture must remain private and private entities can play the limited role to support research in a transparent way.

You can donwload the book here: Guido Noto La Diega, La privatizzazione dellUniversità. Il modello delle fondazioni: Un caso di perniciosa penetrazione del diritto privato nel diritto pubblico (EAI 2014)

You may also buy it on Amazon

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I am Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Privacy Law at the University of Stirling, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where I lead the Media Law and Information Technology Law courses. I am an expert in the legal issues of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, and blockchain. Holder of a PhD (Unipa), a postdoc (QMUL), and an HEA Fellowship, I have a strong publication and bidding record and my works on Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Information Technology Law, Consumer Protection, and Human Rights have been cited by the EU Court of Justice’s Advocate General, the House of Lords, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe. Outside of the University of Stirling, I am Director of ‘Ital-IoT’ Centre of Multidisciplinary Research on the Internet of Things, Visiting Professor at the University of Macerata, Fellow of the Nexa Center for Internet and Society, Fellow of NINSO Northumbria Internet & Society Research Group, and I serve on the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, the oldest and largest society of law academics in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Most of my publications can be downloaded for free on SSRN, ResearchGate,, and LawArXiv.

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