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Sara Pennicino

Adjunct Professor of International Law


Sara Pennicino is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Padua, and Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe. Pennicino completed her PhD in Comparative Public Law (2008) at the University of Siena and was then awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna's School of Law. In the meantime, she became a member of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD), where to date she holds the position of Senior Affiliated Scholar.

Professor Pennicino's research areas include electoral management in transitional and post conflict countries, systems of electoral justice, constitutional ban on political parties and constitutional eternity clauses. Sara works with the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (COESPU) training Italian and third country members of security forces with specific regard to human rights and policing, security and elections-related violence and humanitarian law.

Publications: Professor Pennicino is the author of A Contribution to the Study of Legal Reasonableness in Comparative Law, Maggioli, Rimini (2012), a book on the use of the concept of legal reasonableness in the case law of the US Supreme Court. She has also written numerous articles published in Italian and international law reviews regarding constitutional adjudication in common law systems and elections.



  • Italy
  • United States


  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • International Law


  • Italian