Maria Anna Corvaglia


working in Subproject 4 – International Federalism


Dr. Maria Anna Corvaglia joined the Durham Law School in January 2015 as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the context of the ERC-funded research project “Dividing Political Power among People(s)”.

She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich. She conducted her doctoral studies in the framework of the Swiss NCCR National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, under the supervision of Prof. Christine Kaufmann.

Before joining the NCCR Trade Regulation, Maria Anna Corvaglia interned at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) at the WTO, and worked as a consultant at the Department of Economic Growth and Trade of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome. She was involved in various technical assistance and training programs, related to the development dimension of the multilateral trading system.

Maria Anna Corvaglia obtained a Master degree in International Law and Economics (MILE Programme) of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. She also holds a bachelor degree in political science (with specialization in international relations) from the LUISS University of Rome, where she also worked as a research assistant in Public International Law.

Broad Research Interests

Dr. Maria Anna Corvaglia’s research to date has focused primarily on fragmentation and coherence in international trade multilateral framework. During her doctoral studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich, she pursued her research on the interface between trade, public procurement and social regulations. Her PhD thesis title “Towards Coherence in the International Architecture of Public Procurement: The Labour Policy Dimension”  explores the international regulatory framework of the social use of public procurement, facing a complex structure of national, European and international regulatory levels. Maria Anna Corvaglia’s previous research addressed South−South technology transfer in the context of climate change mitigation, as well as the rules for international energy trade.

Research on International Federalism

In the context of Subproject 4 – International Federalism Dr. Maria Anna Corvaglia reserched the contribution of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to multi-level governance, through the lens of Federalism. Her research project explores the regulatory evolution of the founding principles of multilateral trading system, framed as tension between progressive negative liberalization and positive integration, at different levels of trade governance and in the case study of the international regulation of public procurement.



(2016) Public Procurement and Labour Rights: Towards Coherence in International Instruments of Procurement Regulation, Hart Publishing forthcoming

Journal Articles

(2016) “Public Procurement and Private Standards: Ensuring Sustainability under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement”, Journal of International Economic Law
(2016) “TTIP Negotiations and Public Procurement: Internal Federalist Tensions and External Risks of Marginalisation”, The Journal of World Investment & Trade , forthcoming
(2014) “South-South Technology Transfer Addressing Climate Change and its (Missing) International Regulatory Framework”, CCLR – Carbon and Climate Law Review, n. 2/2014, 1-13.
(2010) “China’s Energy Interest in Africa: Devising an appropriate international framework”, co-authored with Edwini Kessie, Trade Policy Review, Vol. 3, 39-53.

Conference Papers

(2016) “Squaring TTIP Negotiations with the Idea of Federalism: the Case of Public Procurement”, peper presented to the 5th Conference on European Law and Policy in Context The Future of European Law and Policy, University of Birmingham, 23 – 24 June 2016, Birmingham (UK). Download the PPT here

Working Papers and Other Academic Publications

(2014) “Accession of EECCA Countries to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Commitments and Expectations”, ICTSD Bridges Network МОСТЫ, Vol. 7 Num. 7.
(2014) “The interplay between state aid control and public procurement rules in the WTO multilateral trading system”, prepared for and accepted to 4th Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), 10-12 July 2014, Bern (CH).
(2013) “The Complementarity of Soft and Hard Law in Public Procurement: between Harmonization and Resilience”, NCCR Trade Working Paper n. 2013/10.