Andrea Rocco

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details



  • LLB and Msc Law at Bocconi University, Milan (July 2012).
  • Joint certificate in international and business law, Themis network (Università Bocconi, ESADE, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Freie Universitӓt Berlin, Maastricht University, Singapore Management University).


After my high school diploma in foreign languages, I graduated with top scores from Bocconi University school of law (Milan), majoring in corporate law, financial markets and competition, minor in economics. During my five years of studies I had the opportunity to be a visiting scholar at ESADE (Barcelona) where I studied European internal market and competition law, achieving excellent results, and editor of Bocconi Legal Papers, Italy’s first legal publication edited and operated by law students.

I also had the opportunity to take up an internship at the European Commission – Directorate General for Competition, where I dealt with cases of some importance. Since graduating in 2012, I have been working in the project financing department (energy and infrastructures) of one of the best Italian law firms and as a teaching and research assistant of public law at Bocconi University.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The legitimacy of European intervention in the energy sector from an international standpoint
Dr Luca Rubini and Dr Julian Lonbay
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research focuses on the interactions between regulatory interventions and at the pplication of the rules of competition law on one side, international treaties, investment protection and promotion on the other side. The analysis will explore the legitimacy of European intervention in the energy sector under EU law, WTO rules, ECT and public international law.