Mauro Cappelletti

Documents from [1950] to [1997]
Fonds Creator
Access Level
Open Document, Closed Description
Access Conditions

The access to the Cappelletti papers is free just for the part limited to 1983. For the other documents is necessary heir's written authorisation.

Reference Archivist

Andrea, Becherucci


English, French, German, Italian, Spanish


Paper file

Administrative and Biographical History

Mauro Cappelletti was the last pupil of Piero Calamandrei and was a key figure in twentieth century legal culture, as the only Italian jurist known worldwide, and the most authoritative in spreading knowledge of the Italian legal system throughout the world.
Mauro Cappelletti, a law graduate of the University of Florence was one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of modern comparative law. In Italy, he worked as a professor at the University of Macerata (1957-62), from whence he moved to the University of Florence in 1963. Here, he founded the Institute of Comparative Law, which he directed for 14 years. At the EUI, which he joined as a professor of law in 1976, he directed the Law Department several times, until he left the Institute in 1987. He contributed to the growth of the institution and helped it to become one of the most important research centers in the world. He has been a Visiting Professor in some of the most prestigious law schools in the US and elsewhere: in 1988 he has been the Goodhart Professor in Legal Science at Cambridge, he has been a professor of law at Stanford since 1970, where, in 1985, he became the Lewis Talbot and Nadine H. Sheldon Professor of International Legal Studies. He received many honorary degrees. He was also President of the Italian Association of Comparative Law, and through it he contributed, with scholars of the calibre of Gino Gorla and Rodolfo Sacco, to promote comparative law studies in Italy. Mauro Cappelletti also chaired the International Association of Legal Science and the International Association of Procedural Law. He was also elected a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, of the British Academy, of the Institut de France, of the Royal Academy of Belgium.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Cappelletti's family.

Physical Characteristics

Generally the papers are in good condition of preservation.

Finding Aids

Electronic inventory.

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