Managing Partner
Andrea Saccucci
Founding Partner and Managing Partner of Saccucci & Partners

Andrea Saccucci is enrolled in the Rome Register of Lawyers from 2002 and he is qualified to appear before the Italian highest jurisdictions, and he is a renowned specialist in litigation on human rights, international law, and EU law matters. In this capacity, he has been involved in a vast number of cases before the Italian highest jurisdictions (Constitutional Court, Court of Cassation, Council of State), the European Court of Human Rights, and other international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in many different areas (such as, fair trial in civil and criminal proceedings, detainees’ rights, extradition, property rights, immigration and statelessness, discrimination, environment, freedom of association and of expression, etc.).

He is also an expert in transnational disputes, extradition and European arrest warrant, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, internet defamations, immigration, citizenship and asylum, disciplinary proceedings against notaries and judges, international arbitration for the protection of foreign investments (ICSID, UNCITRAL), national arbitration in commercial matters. He was also instructed by foreign Governments to act in extradition proceedings before national courts and he regularly appears as an expert before UK courts in extradition matters.

From 2014 he is Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and a member of Doughty Street International. He worked on several cases together with members of the Chambers, including Edward Fitzgerald QC, Keir Starmer QC, Steven Powles QC, Amal Clooney, and Malcolm Hawkes.

As a human rights lawyer with an established expertise in the field of criminal law, Andrea Saccucci has been instructed in some among the most high-profile and politically sensitive judicial cases of the last decades brought before the European Court of Human Rights and other international judicial or quasi-judicial bodies. He represented and regularly assist before the European Court of Human Rights former Head of State or Governments, former Ministers, Members of Parliament, local administrators and politicians, as well as leading member of the judiciary in Italy and abroad.

Andrea Saccucci developed an unrivalled experience in dealing with mass human rights claims process before domestic and international courts, notably before the European Court of Human Rights. He brought several collective actions for “systemic human rights violations” (concerning for examples blood infected products, detention conditions, employment disputes, vast scale environmental pollution), which, in some cases, lead to the adoption of a pilot judgment

Andrea Saccucci is a member of the International Bar Association and of the Human Rights Institute of the IBA, of the Board of the Unione forense per la tutela dei diritti umani, of Società italiana di Diritto internazionale and of the American Society of International Law, of the Management Board of the Group of Interest on Human Rights of the Società Italiana di Diritto internazionale, of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum, of the Extradition Lawyers Association, and of European Network on Statelessness (ENS).

Since 2000, he carried out over 30 missions as an expert of the Council of Europe, of the European Union and of the OSCE in many European States (especially, the Balkans and Eastern Europe).

He authored many publications, monographies, textbooks and articles in the filed of international law, human rights, and EU law. He is head of the editorial board of the review I diritti dell’uomo, cronache e battaglie, member of the editorial board of the review Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, member of the scientific committee of the review, member of the scientific committee of Giurisprudenza penale, and member of the advisory board of the European Convention of Human Rights Law Review.

In 2012, he received from PILnet (The Global Network for Public Interest Law) the European Pro Bono Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest, together with the Peace Institute of Ljubljana, for the team’s exceptional efforts on behalf of the erased people of Slovenia.

In 2018, he received the Top Legal Award for international litigation.

Education and Academic Positions
  • Adjunct Professor of International Organization and Human Rights, LUISS Guido Carli Roma (2019-)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2019)
  • Qualification as a Full Professor of International Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Human Rights, Catholic University of Milan (2014-2018)
  • Visiting Professor, State University of Tirana, Albania (2014)
  • Associate Professor of International Law, Università of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (2012-)
  • Adjunct Professor of International Protection of Human Rights, ASERI, Università Cattolica di Milano (2011-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law, LUMSA Roma (2011-2014)
  • Researcher of International Law, Seconda Università di Napoli (2007-2012)
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Law School, New York (2006)
  • Adjunct Professor of International Protection of Human Rights, LUMSA Rome (2006-2009)
  • Lecturer in International Protection of Human Rights, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” (2003-2012)
  • PhD in Human Rights, University of Palermo (1999-2002)
Selected cases
  • PCA Case No. 48-2018, Valeria S.r.l. v. Republic of Albania, Award on Jurisdiction, 17 August 2021 – international arbitration relating to agricultural investments in Albania
  • European Court of Human Rights, Associazione Politica Nazionale Lista Marco Pannella v. Italy, application n. 66984/14, 31 August 2021 – media marginalization of the Radical Party
  • European Court of Human Rights, BEG S.p.A. v. Italy, application n. 5312/11, 20 May 2021 – independence and impartiality of the arbitrators
  • UN Human Rights Commitee, S.A. and others v. Malta and Italy, communications n. 3042/2017 and n. 3043/2017, 27 January 2021 – violation of the right to life in SAR operations
  • European Court of Human Rights, Maestri and others v. Italy, applications n. 20903/15, n. 20973/15, n. 20980/15, n. 24505/15, 8 July 2021 – failure to hear witnesses and accused in appeal proceedings
  • Constitutional Court, judgment n. 253, 4 December 2019 – life imprisonment and access to early release
  • European Court of Human Rights, Kalinichenco v. Russia, application n. 40834/11, 9 July 2019 – violation of the presumption of innocence and of personal liberty
  • ICSID Case No. ARB/15/28, Hydro S.r.l. and others v. Republic of Albania, Award, 24 April 2019 – international arbitration relating to investments in the media sector in Albania
  • Constitutional Court, judgment n. 34, 6 febbraio 2019 – admissibility requirements for requests of compensation for excessive lenght of administrative proceedings
  • European Court of Justice, Grand Chamber, Fininvest and Berlusconi v. Italy, case C-219/17, 19 December 2018 – judicial review of national procedural acts of ECB bank prudential supervision proceedings
  • European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Berlusconi v. Italia, application n. 58428/13, 27 November 2018 – stripping of parliamentary mandate following criminal conviction
  • European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, G.I.E.M. S.r.l. and others v. Italy, application n. 1828/06, n. 34163/07, n. 19029/11, 28 June 2018 – confiscation without conviction for unlawful site development
  • Constitutional Court, judgment n. 120, 13 giugno 2018 – absolute prohibition of forming or joining trade unions in armed forces
  • Court of Cassation, Criminal Section VI, n. 40831/2018, 18 September 2018 – European Arrest Warrant issued by the United Kingdom
  • European Court of Human Rights, Cordella and others and Ambrogi Melle and others v. Italy, applications n. 54414/13 and n. 54264/15, 24 January 2018 – environmental pollution caused by Taranto steel plant (ex Ilva)
  • European Court of Human Rights, M.N. and others v. San Marino, application n. 28005/12, 7 July 2015 – transmission by rogatory of confidential bank documents
  • European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Hirsi Jamaa and others v. Italy, application n. 27765/09, 23 February 2012 – pushback to Libya of migrants intercepted in high seas
  • European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, Kuric and others v. Slovenia, application n. 26828/06, 26 June 2012 – erasure of former Yugoslav nationals from the list of permanent residents of Slovenia following independence
  • UN Committee against Torture, Kalinichenko v. Morocco, application n. 428/2010, 25 November 2011 – extradition to Russia