Dr. Valerio Nitrato Izzo

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Curriculum Vitae

Valerio Nitrato Izzo studierte Rechtswissenschaft an der Universität Neapel Federico II sowie Rechtstheorie an der European Academy of Legal Theory in Brüssel. 2009 wurde er mit seiner Dissertation „Disagreement and Ethical Pluralism in the Complexity of Legal Interpretation“ an der Universität Neapel Federico II promoviert. Von 2010 bis 2013 war er Post-Doctoral Fellow am Centre for Social Studies an der Universität Coimbra, Portugal. Dr. Nitrato Izzo war Mitglied zahlreicher Forschungsprojekte, wie unter anderem des FARO Projektes “Human Dignity. The Recognition of Rights in Multicultural Societies” sowie des Projektes “Courthouse Architecture and Access to Law and Justice: The Case of Family and Child Courts in Portugal”. Zurzeit ist er Post-Doctoral Research Fellow an der Rechtwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Neapel Federico II und Mitglied des Forschungsprojektes “TRA.sformazioni M.etropolitane. The City as Political Space. Urban Fabric and Body Politic: The Crisis of a Metaphor” (TRAM). Valerio Nitrato Izzos Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Recht und die Stadt als Raum der Gerechtigkeit, Gerichtsarchitektur, moralische Dilemmata und tragische Rechtsfälle, Recht und Katastrophen sowie Law and Literature. Im Juni 2015 war er Fellow am Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“.

Research Project

Three (Italian) Views of the City: Looking for the Legal Culture of the Urban in Calvino, Pasolini and Rosi

My research project considers the significance of the work of three Italian authors who critically inquire the relationship between law and the city. Italo Calvino's body of work and especially his book Le città invisibili (Invisible Cities) and the novel La speculazione edilizia (The Urban Speculation) are extremely fascinating as they allow a better understanding of contemporary challenges to rethink the urban crisis and the quest for a new legal culture of the city. The intricate and complex scenario vividly depicted by Calvino seems to perfectly fit the transformations of the contemporary urban form. While Calvino has been mostly a writer, I will also try to investigate the legal relationship between law and the city through other media forms and especially movies and documentaries. To do so I will look at two other Italian directors and authors, Francesco Rosi and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In Rosi's famous movie Le mani sulla città (Hands over the City) (1963) he analyses the story of urban speculation on the city of Naples at the time of introducing a new urban planning for its growing and expanding urban context. Pasolini's body of work is vast and touches multiple domains of art (poetry, literature, cinema, essays). In this research I use as a primary source the short documentary La forma della città (The Shape of the City) (1974), in which he reflects on the loss of the “classical perfection of the city of Orte, (near Rome)” due to the growing of different elements that disturb this classical harmony of form and homogeneity. If there is a common crisis between law and the city it departs from the problem of the intersection and reciprocal interaction between space and law. From this point of view it is possible to highlight a common link between the contributions of Calvino, Pasolini and Rosi. In different ways, they all reflect on the crisis of the regulation of the urban space.

Selected Publications

  • Law, State and the Politics of Catastrophes: a Critical Perspective on Epiphanies of Injustice and the Need for Protection, in: Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 3, 2, 2013, verfügbar bei SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2221287.
  • The Difficult Government of Catastrophe. Notes for a Critical Theory, in: Governare la paura, 2013, ottobre, S. 157-175, verfügbar unter: http://governarelapaura.unibo.it/article/view/4113/3542.
  • Entre arquitetura e literatura: uma perspetiva interdisciplinar sobre direito e justiça (Between Architecture and Literature: an Interdisciplinary Perspective on Law and Justice), in: Patrícia Branco (Hrsg.): Sociologia do(s) Espaço(s) da Justiça. Diàlogos Interdisciplinares, Coimbra: Almedina 2013, S. 89-102.
  • Scelte tragiche e dignità umana: sulla giustificazione del rischio in situazioni estreme (Tragic Choices and Human Dignity: on the Justification of Risk in Extreme Situations), in: Angelo Abignente, Francesca Scamardella (Hrsg.): Dignità della persona. Riconoscimento dei diritti nelle società multiculturali, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica 2013, S. 217-242.
  • Beyond Consensus: Law, Disagreement and Democracy, in: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 25, 4, 2012, S. 563-575.
  • Prima della verità: il governo del disaccordo tra diritto e giustizia (Before Truth: the Government of Disagreement between Law and Justice), in: Alberto Pirni (Hrsg.): Verità del potere, potere della verità, Pisa: ETS 2012, S. 143-151.
  • Entre a forma e a função: arquitectura judiciária e acesso ao direito e à justiça nos tribunais com competência em família e menores (Between Form and Function: Judicial Architecture and Access to Law and Justice in Family and Child Courts, with Patrícia Branco, Paula Casaleiro, João Pedroso, Cláudia Pozzi), in: Lex Familiae, 15, 2011, S. 33-56.
  • I corpi contesi e l'ultima parola: sul conflitto permanente tra legislazione e giurisdizione (Contested Bodies and the Last Word: on the permanent Conflict between Legislation and Jurisdiction), in: Kainos - rivista on line di Critica Filosofica 2010, verfügbar unter: http://www.kainos.it/numero9/sommario9.html.
  • Catastrophes as Crime Scenes: Analysing the Legal Context, in: Law Text Culture, 13, 2009, S. 108-134.
  • Le “Porte aperte” del giudizio (The “Open Doors” of Judgement), in: Felice Casucci (Hrsg.): Diritto di parola. Saggi di diritto e letteratura, Napoli: Esi 2009, S. 279-296.
  • Interprétation, musique, droit : performance musicale et exécution des normes juridiques (Interpretation, Music, Law: Musical Performance and Execution of Legal Norms), in: Revue Interdisciplinaire d'études Juridiques, 58, 2007, S. 99-128.