Professor Helen Xanthaki remembers Professor Alessandro Pizzorusso

It is with great sadness that I heard that Prof. Alessandro Pizzorusso passed away. I first met him on my first year at IALS back in 1998 when he spent a year here researching his book and supporting the work of the late Sir William Dale. I was fortunate to benefit from his unparalleled intellect, his sharp critical thinking, and his immense generosity towards young academics. "Pizzo", as Sir William fondly called him, was always present for me and the Centre. His research has guided the debate of parliamentary study in Italy and beyond. But his greatest contribution to our community was his incredible patience with younger colleagues, his genuine willingness to mentor us, and his graceful gentlemanly respect to academics and administrators. I will always remember him as the professor who resolved a difficult point of Italian law within three lines: I had spent three months researching that point for my PhD thesis without success. We will miss him greatly but we have no doubt that his legacy will continue.

Obituary written by Giuseppe Martinico:

Professor Alessandro Pizzorusso sadly passed away on December 13, 2015 at the age of 84. Alessandro Pizzorusso was as born in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on November 11, 1931. He was first judge and then Professor of Constitutional and Comparative Law at the Universities of Pisa and Florence. He was also Emeritus Professor at the University of Pisa. He authored more than 1,000 publications in Italian, French, Spanish and English. His works were translated into many different languages. He covered a very wide spectrum of topics related to domestic, comparative and European constitutional law. He was also part of the Simitis Commission, and a member of the Italian Superior Council of the Judiciary. He was also Member of the prestigious “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei” and of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Among his works in English we can recall his article “Italian and American Models of the Judiciary and of Judicial Review of Legislation: A Comparison of Recent Tendencies”, published in the American Journal of Comparative Law in 1990.  He was Editor of the Italian Studies in Law, launched in the 1990s with the specific goal to circulate the best products of the Italian scholarship.

His presence will be sorely missed. He fondly loved his family, his work and his country. His colleagues and friends will always keep the memory of his superb intellectual and human qualities and his immense generosity.