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Marco Bellezza

Counsel

Marco is ranked by Who’s Who Legal in the TMT: Information Technology practice area; he assists Italian and foreign clients in matters relating to Fintech and media law and new technologies  on regulatory issues and in litigations. His areas of expertise include fintech, insurtech, internet regulation, advertising, copyright and e-commerce.

Marco is the author of numerous academic publications in national and international law journals. He is coauthor of “Codice della comunicazione digitale” (Digital Media Code, Egea 2015), coordinated by Ernesto Apa and Professor Oreste Pollicino.  Recently he authored the chapter devoted to Blockchain technology in the handbook “FinTech – Introduzione ai profili giuridici di un mercato unico tecnologico dei servizi finanziari” (FinTech – Introduction to the legal issues related to the unified tech market of the financial services, Giappichelli, 2017). “

He is the founder and president of Osservatorio Pugliese della Proprietà Intellettuale Concorrenza e Consumo digitale (OPPIC). He served as consultant on media law with the IX standing parliamentary committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies on “Transportation, Post and Communication”.

He is a member of the editorial team of the website medialaws.eu (dedicated to the study of comparative law of media and communication) and contributor of the blog Media Wire of the Center for Global Communication Studies of Annenberg School – University of Pennsylvania.

In 2011 Marco obtained a Ph.D. in Private law and New Technologies from the University of Bari “A. Moro,” defending a dissertation on the relationship and conflict between intellectual property rights and fundamental rights of network users from an European Union and Italian law point of view.  He recently attended the “Oxford Fintech Programme” organized by the Said Business School of the Oxford University.

After receiving his Law degree, cum laude, in 2005 at the University of Bari “A. Moro” Marco attended the School of Specialization in the Legal Professions at the same University earning a diploma of specialization with the highest marks in 2007.

Marco has spent several research periods abroad researching topics in a comparative perspective. In 2012 he spent a period on secondment at the TMT and IP departments of an international law firm in London. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL) of the University of Oxford and has collaborated on a research project carried out by the Center for Media and Communications Studies (CMCS) of the Central European University of Budapest. He was fellow at the Media Policy Summer Institute organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg School -  University of Pennsylvania and by the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy  at Oxford University. Recently he was the Italian representative in the “Internet Leadership Academy” organized by the Oxford Internet Institute of the Oxford University.

Marco has qualified in first place in the qualifying examination for the enrollment in the Order of Lawyer in the years 2007/2008.

Marco is a member of the Bari Bar Association (n.1008000545).

Foreign languages: English (speaking proficiency).

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