Fabrizio Esposito

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note | Pedagogical Experience | Main Publications | Research Areas

Fabrizio Esposito is Assistant Professor in Private Law at the NOVA School of Law, a member of the NOVA Consumer Lab, and coordinator of the MetaLawEcon network. Fabrizio graduated in law at Bocconi University in 2011. After working for two years in civil and commercial litigation, he was admitted as a researcher at the European University Institute, where he obtained an LLM in Comparative, European and International Law (2015) and his PhD in 2018 after defending his dissertation, which opens new frontiers in research about law and economics.

Before joining the NOVA School of Law, Fabrizio was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain, where he joined the PROSECO Project. He held visiting positions at the University of Helsinki and Pisa, and was a Global Visiting Fellow at UCLouvain.

His research focuses on the relationship between private law, economic law, EU law, economics and legal theory with a particular focus on consumer and antitrust law and digital markets. He is currently working on price personalization, the use of theories of harm in consumer law, and will publish a monograph showing how and why legal and economic research shall be united in diversity.

Fabrizio publishes regularly in international journals such as: the European Review of Contract Law, the Journal of Consumer Policy, the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the European Competition Journal. He has co-edited two volumes: Research Methods in Consumer Law (with H-W Micklitz and A-L Sibony; EE 2018) and Economics in Legal Reasoning (with P Cserne; Palgrave 2020). He was in charge of the legal theory section of the European Journal of Legal Studies and writes twice per year for the European Review of Contract Law about recent developments in EU contract law.

Bachelor’s degree (1st cycle) 

  • Behavioural Sciences in Law and in Politics 

Master’s degree (2nd cycle)

  • Pragmatism, Law and Economics
  • Law and Economics Perspectives on The Role of Consumers In EU Law 
  • Economic Law

Doctoral school (3rd cycle)

  • Justice and Efficiency 


  • Law and Economics United in Diversity: Minimalism, Fairness, and Consumer Welfare in EU Antitrust and Consumer Law. 2018. Florence: European University Institute. Available here: https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/58544


Edited volumes

  • Economics in Legal Reasoning. 2020. Palgrave (with P Cserne)
  • Research Methods in Consumer Law. 2018. Edward Elgar (with H-W Micklitz and A-L Sibony)

Journal articles

  • Dziubak Is a Fundamentally Wrong Decision: Superficial Reasoning, Disrespectful of National Courts, Lowers the Level of Consumer Protection. Forthcoming. European Review of Contract Law
  • “Towards a General Theory of Harm for Consumer Law”. Forthcoming. Journal of Consumer Policy
  • “Carrying the Choice Theory of Contracts Further: Transfers, Welfare, and the Size of the Community”. 2019. European Review of Contract Law, 15(3)
  • “On the Fitness Between Law and Economics—Or Sunstein Between Posner and Calabresi”. 2019. Global Jurist, 19(3)
  • “How The Behavioural Turn In Law And Economics Vindicates The New Haven School”. 2017Oeconomia 7(3)
  • “Alcune Note sui Disaccordi Teorico-Interdisciplinari del Diritto con l’Economia” (Some Remarks on the Interdisciplinary Theoretical Disagreements of Law With Economics). 2017. Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia del Diritto 94(1). English and Spanish translations forthcoming in Latin America Legal Studies
  • “A Dismal Reality: Behavioural Analysis and Consumer Policy”. 2017. Journal of Consumer Policy 40(2)
  • “Nudge and the Law: Book Review”. 2015. Humana.Mente 28. Reprinted in European Journal of Risk Regulation 2/2015
  • “A Fistful of Euros: EU Competition Policy and Reverse Payments in the Pharmaceutical Industry”. 2014. European Competition Journal 10(3) (with F Montanaro, Bocconi) 


  • “In Search of the Theory of Harm in EU Consumer Law: Lessons from the Consumer Fitness Check”. Forthcoming. In Mathis and Tor (eds.), Consumer Law and Economics in Europe. Dordrecht: Springer (with A-L Sibony, UCLouvain)
  • “Reverse Engineering Legal Reasoning”. 2020. In Cserne and Esposito (eds.), Economics in Legal Reasoning. Palgrave
  • “Economic Consequences as Legal Values: An Inferentialist Approach”. 2019. In Cserne and Malecka (eds.), Law and Economics as Interdisciplinary Exchange. Routledge (with G Tuzet, Bocconi)
  • “In Search of a Grand Theory of European Private Law: Social Justice, Access Justice, Societal Justice and Energy Markets”. 2019. In Purnhagen, Almeida, Gamito, Durovik, (eds.), Transformation of Economic Law: In Honour of Hans-W Micklitz. Hart (with L de Almeida, Wageningen University & Research)
  • “Conceptual Foundations of the Behavioural Analysis of Consumer Law in Europe”. 2018. In Micklitz, Sibony, Esposito (eds.), Research Methods in Consumer Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Portuguese translation published as “Fundamentos Conceptuais na Doutrina do Direito do Consumo e das Ciencias Comportamentais”. 2020. Anuario do NOVA Consumer Lab 1
  • EU Contract Law
  • EU Consumer Law
  • EU Competition Law
  • EU Economic Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Legal Theory and Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Private Law

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