Fulbright Year Italy

Research, travel, and legal dispatches from my Fulbright year in Bologna, Italy.

Freedom of Expression and Defamation Under the European Convention on Human Rights

First in a two-part series about how Italy’s libel laws violate freedom of expression guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. Above: the European Court of Human Rights in … Continue reading

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20 Years of Ceasefire

Above: Downtown Sarajevo. This article was originally published by the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development. By Janna Brancolini SARAJEVO, Bosnia — Twenty years ago this fall, the leaders … Continue reading

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The Role of Truth in Italian versus American Defamation Law

Italian law, unlike American law, does not require defamatory speech to be false. Above: Truth and Mercy by Pompeo Batoni, circa 1745. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In American defamation … Continue reading

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Photo of the Month: February 2015

My favorite images from February were taken during a day trip to Venice for the annual Carnevale di Venezia, a two-week celebration leading up to the beginning of Lent. Carnevale … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Defamation Lawsuits, Attacks on Journalists Bring Down Italy’s 2015 Press Freedom Ranking

Above: Italy ranks worse than most of its neighbors, including several EU-hopeful Balkan states, in Reporters Without Borders’ latest global press freedom survey. White states are ranked the highest, followed … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Photo of the Month: January 2015

I took this month’s photos on a visit to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to learn about constitutional development and rule of law in a post-conflict society. The … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

How Italy’s Famed La Scala Opera House Packs its Seats with Millennials

Tickets priced at just 10 euros as part of the “La Scala UNDER30” program in Milan sold out in 15 minutes last month. Above: the inside of La Scala opera … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment