Maria Chiara Malaguti

UNIDROIT President

Maria Chiara Malaguti is Full Professor of International Law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan / Rome, Italy).In July 2020, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed her President of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, UNIDROIT from 1 September 2020 for a five-year term. She is the first woman to be appointed to this position. You are currently legal advisor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on commercial matters and to the World Bank on the modernization of payment systems, financial markets and governance. You chair the UNCITRAL WG1 on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. You are an international arbiter, in particular for foreign direct investments, you support the General Prosecutor of Italy in all the proceedings so far opened against Italy. Until 31 July 2003 she was a senior expert in the Payment Systems Division of the European Central Bank, providing legal advice to the Securities Settlement Systems Section. Already in a previous period of consultancy at the European Monetary Institute in 1996 she had dealt with issues relating to financial markets and global governance. Dr. Malaguti holds a BA in Law and Economics, an LLM from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. You have several publications, mainly focusing on financial markets, harmonization of law and sovereign debt. In the past you were legal assistant and head of cabinet at the European Court of Justice and you still practice as a lawyer in Rome.