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
Contact
Biography

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.

Publications
  1. Daniela Caruso, "Fairness at a Time of Perplexity," in General Principles in EU and Comparative Law , Stefan Vogenauer & Stephen Weatherill, eds., Hart Publishing (forthcoming).
  2. 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 (forthcoming). SSRN
  3. Daniela Caruso, "The Transformation of Europe in US Legal Academia and its Legacy in the Field of Private Law," in Revisiting The Transformation of Europe , M. Maduro & M. Wind, eds., Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. Daniela Caruso, "Lost at Sea," 15 German Law Journal 1197 (2014). [Special Section: Europe and the Lost Generation]
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  7. Daniela Caruso, "The Baby and the Bath Water: The American Critique of European Contract Law," 61 American Journal of Comparative Law 479 (2013).
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  8. 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). SSRN
  9. 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
  10. Daniela Caruso, The Cambridge Companion to European Union Private Law, Christian Twigg-Flesner, ed., Cambridge University Press (2010), 24 European Union Studies Association Review (2011).
  11. Daniela Caruso, "Direct Concern in Regional Policy: The European Court of Justice and the Southern Question," 17 European Law Journal 804 (2011).
  12. 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).
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  13. Daniela Caruso, "Autism in the US: Social Movement and Legal Change," 36 American Journal of Law and Medicine (2010).
  14. Daniela Caruso, "(Presidential) Powers in the European Union," 88 Boston University Law Review 561 (2008).
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  15. Daniela Caruso, "Contract Law and Distribution in the Age of Welfare Reform," 49 Arizona Law Review 665 (2007).
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  16. 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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  17. Daniela Caruso, "Bargaining and Distribution in Special Education," 14 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 171 (2005).
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  18. 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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  19. Daniela Caruso, "Private Law and Public Stakes in European Integration: The Case of Property," 10 European Law Journal 751 (2004).
  20. 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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  21. Daniela Caruso, "The Missing View of the Cathedral: The Private Law Paradigm of European Legal Integration," 3 European Law Journal 3 (1997).
  22. Daniela Caruso, Culpa in Contrahendo: l'Esperiènza Statunitense e Quella Italiana, Giuffre (1993).
Courses

3 credits

The course begins with the legal history of European integration and with an analysis of the institutional foundations of the European Union. Then classes focus on trade within Europe. Students learn about free trade and its many constraints in the Old Continent. This part of the course includes a unit on Competition Law. The course emphasizes the impact of trade and legal harmonization upon culture, human rights and social policies. The study of external relations of the Union follows, with particular attention to US-EU relations. This seminar is open to law students, graduate students in International Relations and advanced IR majors. As it originates in the Law School, it will follow the Law School's calendar and time schedule.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 880 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:25 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 209
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 880 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:30 pm 3:55 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 203

3 credits

This seminar surveys the origins and development of the WTO, with emphasis on the WTO legal process and its interaction with US trade agencies. It covers the underlying philosophy of free trade and introduces the major legal disciplines under the WTO. It also deals with the social and political implications of free trade, and with some of the controversies concerning the future evolution of the WTO.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 858 A1 , Jan 13th to Apr 13th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 417
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 858 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Daniela Caruso LAW 416

Var credits

The Semester in Practice is a one-semester clinical program. Students are required to apply and be accepted to the program before they may register. Accepted students will register for 2 graded credits for completing readings, writing a research paper, and for submitting weekly journals. COREQUISITE: Semester-in-Practice: Independent Proposal (JD 739).

FALL 2015: LAW JD 740 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 4th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Khiara M. Bridges
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 740 A1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Julie A. Dahlstrom
FALL 2016: LAW JD 740 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Naomi M. Mann
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 740 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD Var Daniela Caruso
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