Daniela Caruso

Professor of Law

Jean Monnet European Union Professor

LLB summa cum laude, University of Bari (Italy)
LLM, Harvard University
Doctorate in Comparative Law, University of Florence (Italy)

Areas of Interest
Contracts, International & Comparative Law

Professor Daniela Caruso has taught Contracts and European Union law at BU Law for many years. She has also taught a variety of law seminars and an interdisciplinary course on Autism at the Kilachand Honors College. In her EU Law publications, she has focused on private law as a particularly effective tool for analyzing the political transformation of supranational institutions. She has also written on equality and federalism, on the implications of European integration for state-based social legislation, and on regional policies. Professor Caruso is frequently invited to lecture on such topics. In 2008, she was visiting professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. More recently, she has lectured at Oxford, at the London School of Economics, and at the Universities of Pisa and Amsterdam. “The legal integration of the European Union illustrates most vividly the impact of free trade on the social and political structures of sovereign nations,” she explains. In matters of contract law, her articles have dealt with the distributive impact of pseudo-contractual mechanisms in the delivery of special education services, and with the links between contract doctrines and welfare reform in domestic and comparative perspectives. Her article “Autism in the US: Social Movement and Legal Change” was published by the American Journal of Law and Medicine (2010). More recently, her articles have been published by the American Journal of Comparative Law and by the European Law Journal. Her pro-bono work concerns special education law and residential mental health units.

  1. Daniela Caruso, "Then and Now: Mark Pettit’s Modern Unilateral Contracts in the 1980s and in the Age of Blockchains," 98 Boston University Law Review 1789 (2018).
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  2. Daniela Caruso, "Distribuzione (commerciale) e diritto: variazioni su tema," in Giurisprudenza e autorità indipendenti nell’epoca del diritto liquido: Studi in Onore di Roberto Pardolesi 541, F. Di Ciommo & O. Troiano, eds., La Tribuna (2018).
  3. Daniela Caruso & Fernanda Nicola, "Legal Scholarship and External Critique in EU Law," in The Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe: The Critical Legal Studies Perspective on the Role of the Courts in the European Union 221, Tamara Perišin & Siniša Rodin, eds., Hart Publishing (2018). SSRN | Scholarly Commons | Publisher
  4. Daniela Caruso, "Non-Parties: The Negative Externalities of Regional Trade Agreements in a Private Law Perspective," 59 Harvard International Law Journal 389 (2018).
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  5. Daniela Caruso, "Fairness at a Time of Perplexity: The Civil Law Principle of Fairness in the Court of Justice of the European Union," in General Principles of Law: European and Comparative Perspectives , Stefan Vogenauer & Stephen Weatherill, eds., Hart Publishing (2017). SSRN | Scholarly Commons | Publisher
  6. Daniela Caruso & Joanna Geneve, "Melki in Context: Algeria and European Legal Integration," in EU Law Stories: Contextual and Critical Histories of European Jurisprudence , William Davies & Fernanda Nicola, eds., Cambridge University Press (2017). Publisher | Scholarly Commons | SSRN
  7. Daniela Caruso, "The Transformation of Europe in US Legal Academia and Its Legacy in the Field of Private Law," in The Transformation of Europe: Twenty-Five Years On , M. Maduro & M. Wind, eds., Cambridge University Press (2017). Scholarly Commons | SSRN
  8. Daniela Caruso, "Qu'ils mangent des contrats: Rethinking Justice in EU Contract Law," in Europe's Justice Deficit? 367, Dimity Kochenov, Graninne de Burca & Andrew Williams, eds., Hart Publishing (2015). SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  9. Daniela Caruso & Joanna Geneve, "Trade and History: The Case of EU-Algeria Relations," Boston University International Law Journal Online (Feb 17, 2015).
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  10. Daniela Caruso, "Lost at Sea," 15 German Law Journal 1197 (2014). [Special Section: Europe and the Lost Generation]
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  11. Daniela Caruso, "The Baby and the Bath Water: The American Critique of European Contract Law," 61 American Journal of Comparative Law 479 (2013). Also published, in adapted form, as ‘European and American Cultures of Contract Regulation,’ in Bertram Lomfeld, Alessandro Somma and Peer Zumbansen Eds., Reshaping Markets 298 (Cambridge University Press 2016).
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  12. Daniela Caruso, "Black Lists and Private Autonomy in EU Contract Law," in The Involvement of EU Law in Private Law Relationships 291, Dorota Leczykiewicz & Stephen Weatherill, eds., Hart Publishing (2013). Scholarly Commons | Publisher | SSRN
  13. Daniela Caruso & R. Pardolesi, "Per una storia della direttiva sulla responsabilità da prodotto difettoso," 2012 Danno e Responsabilta 9 (2012). Special Issue on Product Liability
  14. Daniela Caruso, "Book Review," The Cambridge Companion to European Union Private Law, Christian Twigg-Flesner, ed., Cambridge University Press (2010), 24 European Union Studies Association Review 27 (2011).
  15. Daniela Caruso, "Direct Concern in Regional Policy: The European Court of Justice and the Southern Question," 17 European Law Journal 804 (2011).
  16. Daniela Caruso, "E.U. Law in U.S. Legal Academia," in Symposium The European Union 20 Years after Maastricht? Transatlantic Perspectives, 20 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law 175 (2011).
  17. Daniela Caruso, "Autism in the US: Social Movement and Legal Change," 36 American Journal of Law and Medicine 483 (2010).
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  18. Daniela Caruso, "(Presidential) Powers in the European Union," 88 Boston University Law Review 561 (2008).
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  19. Daniela Caruso, "Contract Law and Distribution in the Age of Welfare Reform," 49 Arizona Law Review 665 (2007).
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  20. Daniela Caruso, "Private Law and State Making in the Age of Globalization," 39 New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 1 (2006). Reprinted in Corporate Business Responsibility 121, Justin O'Brien, ed., Ashgate (2009).
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  21. Daniela Caruso, "Bargaining and Distribution in Special Education," 14 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 171 (2005).
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  22. Daniela Caruso, "Lochner in Europe: A Comment on Keith Whittington's 'Congress Before the Lochner Court'," 85 Boston University Law Review 867 (2005).
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  23. Daniela Caruso, "Private Law and Public Stakes in European Integration: The Case of Property," 10 European Law Journal 751 (2004).
  24. Daniela Caruso, "Limits of the Classic Method: Positive Action in the European Union After the New Equality Directives," 44 Harvard International Law Journal 331 (2003).
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  25. Daniela Caruso, "The Missing View of the Cathedral: The Private Law Paradigm of European Legal Integration," 3 European Law Journal 3 (1997).
  26. Daniela Caruso, Culpa in Contrahendo: l'Esperiènza Statunitense e Quella Italiana, Giuffre (1993).
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