Amedeo ArenaAmedeo Arena (LL.M. ’10) has received an award from the Italian Society of International Law for his article “The Doctrine of Union Preemption in the EU Single Market: Between Sein and Sollen,” which Arena wrote as part of the Jean Monnet Working Papers series while working as a research associate for University Professor Joseph Weiler.

Arena, who earned an LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU Law, was one of two academics to receive a 2011 prize from the Italian Society of International Law for the best article published in an Italian or foreign journal in the fields of international public law, international private law, or European Union law. The awards were presented in June at the organization’s annual conference, held at the University of Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily.

In the paper, Arena explores the effects of European Union legislation on national lawmaking powers in non-exclusive competence areas, illuminating the question of conflicts between E.U. legislation and the laws of individual member states. The topic was inspired by the U.S. doctrine of federal preemption. The Columbia Journal of European Law recently accepted the paper for publication. Arena is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in European Union law at the Department of International and European Union Law of the University of Naples Federico II.

Posted on July 27, 2011