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Dr M. (Marta) Morvillo

Faculty of Humanities
Europese studies

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: D2.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Marta is Assistant Professor in European Legal and Economic Governance at the Department of European Studies, University of Amsterdam. Her research lies at the interface of EU law, constitutional law, and expert governance.

    Before joining the UvA, she was Emile Noël fellow at the NYU Law School (2020-2021) and Adjunct professor in Constitutional adjudication at the University of Bologna (2021). She has also been Marie Skłodowska Curie fellow the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), University of Amsterdam (2018-2021), Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2017-2018) and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bologna (2015-2017). She held a visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in 2014 and 2017.

    Marta holds a Ph.D. in Constitutional law from the University of Bologna (2015), an LL.M. in Public law and global governance from King’s College London (2011) and a Law degree from the University of Bologna (2011).


  • Research

    With her research, Marta seeks to understand how law can contribute to reconciling technical and democratic sources of legitimacy in societally salient policy fields such as economic governance and risk regulation. She has been exploring the challenges raised by expert governance and the technicisation of decision-making from a multiplicity of perspectives, including the role of macroeconomic indicators in EU economic governance, expert governance and separation of powers in the EMU (SepaRope project, University of Amsterdam), EU pesticides governance, judicial review of EU risk regulation. With her Marie Curie grant, she has been developing a constitutional framework for expert-based decision-making in the EU and focused on the dialectic processes between European Courts, the European Commission and regulatory agencies in expert-intensive (scientific and economic) regulatory fields. Her Ph.D. thesis analysed different types of technical rules from a constitutional perspective and outlined how technical and democratic inputs are mediated through hard and soft law. Her broader research interests include domestic and comparative constitutional law and EU institutional law.

    Marta’s research is embedded in the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational, and European Studies (ARTES) and in the Amsterdam Center for European Studies (ACES) – Governing Europe.

  • Publications


    • Cebulak, P. P., & Morvillo, M. (2023). Backtracking or defending free movement within the Schengen Area? NW v. Landespolizei Steiermark. Common Market Law Review, 60(4).
    • Cebulak, P. P., & Morvillo, M. (2023). Who Can End the Border Controls within Schengen? Implementing the CJEU’s Judgment in NW v. Steiermark. In Annuario ADIM 2022 Raccolta di scritti di diritto dell’immigrazione Editoriale Scientifica.
    • Morvillo, M. (2023). Päivi Leino-Sandberg. The Politics of Legal Expertise in EU Policy-Making. Cambridge University Press, 2021. Manuscript submitted for publication.
    • de Boer, A., Morvillo, M., & Röttger-Wirtz, S. (2023). Fragmented Transparency: The Visibility of Agency Science in European Union Risk Regulation. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 14(2), 313-331. Advance online publication. [details]



    • Morvillo, M. (2021). From contestation to accountability in EU pesticides regulation? The case of Glyphosate. In A. Arcuri, & F. Coman-Kund (Eds.), Technocracy and the Law: Accountability, Governance and Expertise (pp. 196-222). (Transnational Law and Governance). Routledge. [details]
    • Morvillo, M. (2021). Why should citizens trust EU regulatory expertise? Legal warrants, science and politics in EU food governance. In R. Barradas de Freitas, & S. Lo Iacono (Eds.), Trust matters: Cross-disciplinary essays (pp. 229-250). Hart. [details]


    • Morvillo, M. (2020). Glyphosate effect: Has the glyphosate controversy affected the EU’s regulatory epistemology? European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(3), 422-435. Advance online publication. [details]
    • Morvillo, M. (2020). I just can’t get enough (of experts): The numbers of COVID-19 and the need for a European approach to testing. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(2), 366-374. Advance online publication. [details]


    • Morvillo, M. (2019). Climate change litigation e separazione dei poteri: riflessioni a partire dal caso Urgenda. Forum di Quaderni costituzionali - Rassegna, 2019(6). Advance online publication. [details]
    • Morvillo, M. (2019). The General Court Orders Disclosure of Glyphosate-related Scientific Studies: <i>Tweedale</i>, <i>Hautala</i>, and the Concept of Environmental Information in the Context of Plant Protection Products. Case note on: CJEU, 7/03/19, T-716/14, ECLI:EU:T:2019:141 (Anthony C Tweedale v European Food Safety Authority). European Journal of Risk Regulation, 10(2), 419-427. [details]




    • Morvillo, M. (2020). Contare il contagio. Strategie nazionali di effettuazione dei test e l’emergere di un approccio europeo. In M. Malvicini (Ed.), Il Governo dell'emergenza: Politica, scienza e diritto al cospetto della pandemia di Covid-19 (pp. 77-88). Editoriale Scientifica.
    • Morvillo, M. (2020). [Review of: I. Hadjiyanni (2019) The EU as a global regulator for environmental protection : a legitimacy perspective]. EU Law Live. [details]
    • Morvillo, M., & Caruso, C. (2020). Oggettività tecnica e discrezionalità politica nella decisione di bilancio Euro-nazionale. In Governing with numbers: economic indicators and the budget decision in the Constitutional State / Il governo dei numeri: Indicatori economico–finanziari e decisione di bilancio nello Stato costituzionale Il Mulino.
    • Morvillo, M., & Caruso, C. (Eds.) (2020). Governing with numbers: economic indicators and the budget decision in the Constitutional State / Il governo dei numeri: Indicatori economico–finanziari e decisione di bilancio nello Stato costituzionale. Il Mulino.

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