Cappelletti, Mauro14 December 1927 (Folgaria (Trento), Italy) - 01 November 2004 (Fiesole (Florence), Italy)
He was trained in law at the University of Florence, was admitted to the bar in Italy in 1952 and received the "libera docenza" in 1956. After two years as a research fellow at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, he began his teaching career as a professor at the University of Macerata in 1957, moving to the University of Florence in 1962, where he founded and for 15 years directed the Florence Institute of Comparative Law. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the law school of Stanford, and afterwards spent part of the academic year at Stanford, and part in Italy, first at the University of Florence, then (from 1976) at the European Institute, also at Florence, where he was chair of the legal department. In 1984-85 he was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and in 1985 he became a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution. He was named to the Shelton Professorship at Stanford in 1987 and took emeritus status in 1996.