Distinguished Research Affiliate Andrea Simoncini is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Florence. As a constitutional scholar whose work is internationally well known, Simoncini focuses his research on Italian and European constitutional law, developmental dynamics of the sources of law, social rights, and the study of the interrelations between natural law and positive legal systems. He also studies the nexus of environmental politics with constitutional law and human rights.
Simoncini spent fall semester 2013 at the Kellogg Institute as a visiting fellow working on a joint project with Mauro Magatti: Europe: An Institution without a Society? His Kellogg collaboration with Magatti examined the changes over time in the meaning of civil society in Europe, looking particularly on how it evolved from a communally oriented to a more individualistic concept. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the pair study the relationship between the multiple civil societies of Europe and the future of the EU's institutional framework.
Twice a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School, Simoncini was also the University's 2009 Fulbright Italian Scholar, serving as research fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.