Paolo Busco


Paolo Busco is member of Twenty Essex, where he practices in the field of public international law. He is admitted as a barrister in England and Wales, and as lawyer in Italy. He has acted as counsel before the ICJ, CJEU, ITLOS, Annex VII, ICSID and UNCITRAL Tribunals, as well as international conciliation commissions and dispute settlement bodies of international organizations. In addition to work from Chambers, Dr. Busco has been a legal advisor on international law to senior government officials in Italy and abroad. Before joining Twenty Essex, he held positions in various international organizations, including as a senior legal consultant to FAO in Riyadh and assistant legal counsel at the PCA in The Hague. All opinions are expressed in a personal capacity.

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Flag State responsibility in international human rights law for individuals on board private vessels

Introduction On 10 April 2024, the EU Parliament adopted new rules strengthening responsibility-sharing among member States in respect of management of migratory flows. The new Migration and Asylum Pact is the outcome of years of political negotiations, including in the light of the complex situation in the Mediterranean Sea. However, as we explain below, the…

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Shunning Conventional Wisdom – Italian Courts and State Immunity in Employment Disputes

Introduction  On State immunity in civil proceedings, Italian courts have been pathbreakers, for better or worse. The Italian Supreme Court, in the 50s, developed the restrictive theory of State immunity, now accepted as custom (Ronzitti, Venturini). More recently, Italian courts have poked holes in immunity for international crimes in civil proceedings (Ferrini v Germany,…

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