LLB(Torino), LLM(Torino), PhD(UOW)

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Italian by birth and Australian by choice, Alessandro completed his LLB/LLM in Law in Italy specializing in comparative law and legal anthropology. His thesis comprised a field research project on pre-Colombian family protocols in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Alessandro has been involved in Indigenous rights since his university years, when he established a research group with which he participated in and supported the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. His PhD thesis, conducted at the University of Wollongong and completed in 2011 focused on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra. In 2010, Alessandro began to explore the emerging discourse on rights of nature, Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence. His main area of interest in this field is the intersection between this emerging discourse and different legal ontologies, with a particular focus on Indigenous legal structures. Alessandro is one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance and he has contributed to establish the Earth Laws Network at Southern Cross University. Alessandro’s main areas of research are legal anthropology, legal theory, comparative law, sovereignty, Indigenous rights, ecological jurisprudence and international environmental law.




Legal anthropology

Legal theory

Comparative law and legal pluralism

Research methodology

Sovereignty and Indigenous sovereignty

International Indigenous rights

Ecological jurisprudence



Journal articles


The sentience of plants: animal rights and rights of nature intersecting? (with Monica Gagliano), Australian Animal Protection Law Journal (2015)

Aboriginal sovereignty claims: contemporary voices in Australia, Settler Colonial Studies (2014)


Mapping the terrain of earth jurisprudence: landscape, thesholds and horizons (with Anne Louise Schillmoller), Environmental and Earth Law Journal (2013)


This paper investigates central ideas in the emergent field of Earth Jurisprudence. It suggests that…

Relational subjectivity in the normative worlds of the first Australians, Quaderni di diritto e politica ecclesiastica (2013)

Welcome to country: legal meanings and cultural implications (with Jade Kennedy), Australian Indigenous Law Review (2012)