Marco Cappelletti

Junior Research Fellow

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Marco is a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College. His research interests lie in private law, particularly tort law, and in comparative law.

Marco completed his DPhil in Oxford under the supervision of Professor Simon Whittaker. An expanded and revised version of Marco's doctoral thesis will be published by OUP as a monograph in 2022. The monograph, entitled Justifying Strict Liability: A Comparative Analysis in Legal Reasoning, explores in a comparative perspective the most significant justifications that are put forward to justify strict liability in four legal systems, two common law, England and the United States, and two civil law, France and Italy.

Marcos recent work on the role of punishment in tort law, entitled ‘Comparative Reflections on Punishment in Tort Law’ and published in Jean-Sébastien Borghetti and Simon Whittaker (eds), French Civil Liability in Comparative Perspective (Hart Publishing 2019), has been awarded the prestigious international Ius Commune Prize for outstanding legal research. Marcos work was also translated into French and published as ‘Réflexions comparatives sur le rôle de la punition en droit de la responsabilité délictuelle’ in the French Revue des contrats, issue 4, in December 2019.

In addition to his D.Phil., Marco holds an M.Jur. from the University of Oxford, an LL.M. from the Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and received the Dean’s Scholar Prize for academic excellence, and a five-year law degree from the University of Perugia. 

Marco teaches Tort and Roman Law.

Research Interests

·       Comparative law

·     Tort law

·       Private law theory

·       Remedies