Rector of the University of Torino since October 2013. At the University of Torino, he is Professor of Law and holds the chairs of Comparative Legal Systems, International Law & Contracts and Chinese Law. He served as Director of the Department of Law from 1998 to 2004, Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2009 to 2013, Member of the Academic Senate, and Director of the Law Department from 2012 to 2013. He worked as a Visiting Scholar in Moscow and Leiden and as a Visiting Professor in Berkeley, Fribourg, Zhongnan and Georgetown. He served as a legal expert for the Sacharov Foundation Initiative to advise the USSR Government on legal reforms, as a consultant to the IMF – International Monetary Fund – and the Council of Europe on the project of recodification of civil law in Albania. He was member of the OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to facilitate dialogue between the Ukrainian Central Government and the Crimean Authorities, as a participant in a EC/TACIS project and as an expert for a UNDP project on the training of National Assembly officials in Hanoi, Vietnam.