Daniela Caruso

Professor of Law

Jean Monnet European Union Professor
Michaels Faculty Research Scholar

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
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Biography

Professor Daniela Caruso teaches Contracts to first-year law students and an upper-class course on European Union Law. She also teaches a variety of law seminars and interdisciplinary courses, including a seminar on International Trade Regulation. Since January 2020, Professor Caruso has served as Director of the Center for the Study of Europe at the Frederick Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. In her publications, she focuses on private law and on the regulation of markets (whether domestic, regional, or international) as crucial elements in the political transformation of institutions and governance. At the core of her research is the relation between the laws of the market and the rise of inequality. In 2008 and 2014, Professor Caruso was visiting professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. In 2015, she was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair by the EU Commission. “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, with the links between contract doctrines and welfare reform, and with the distributive effects of contract-law paradigms in the context of trade agreements. Her article, “Non-Parties: The Negative Externalities of Regional Trade Agreements in a Private Law Perspective,” was recently published by the Harvard Journal of International Law (2018). Her pro bono work concerns persons with autism. She developed a course on Autism for the Law School and for the Kilachand Honors College, and her article, “Autism in the US: Social Movement and Legal Change,” was published by the American Journal of Law and Medicine (2010).

Publications
  1. Daniela Caruso, "Loving it to Pieces: EU Law in US Legal Academia, Revisited," 53 EU Law Live 19 (April 2021).
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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
  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, "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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  6. 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
  7. 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). Scholarly Commons | SSRN
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. Daniela Caruso, "Lost at Sea," 15 German Law Journal 1197 (2014). [Special Section: Europe and the Lost Generation]
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  12. 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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  13. 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 | SSRN
  14. 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
  15. 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). Publisher
  16. Daniela Caruso, "Direct Concern in Regional Policy: The European Court of Justice and the Southern Question," 17 European Law Journal 804 (2011).
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  17. 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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  18. Daniela Caruso, "Autism in the US: Social Movement and Legal Change," 36 American Journal of Law and Medicine 483 (2010).
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  19. Daniela Caruso, "(Presidential) Powers in the European Union," 88 Boston University Law Review 561 (2008).
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  20. Daniela Caruso, "Contract Law and Distribution in the Age of Welfare Reform," 49 Arizona Law Review 665 (2007).
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  21. 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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  22. Daniela Caruso, "Bargaining and Distribution in Special Education," 14 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 171 (2005).
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  23. 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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  24. Daniela Caruso, "Private Law and Public Stakes in European Integration: The Case of Property," 10 European Law Journal 751 (2004).
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  25. 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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  26. Daniela Caruso, "The Missing View of the Cathedral: The Private Law Paradigm of European Legal Integration," 3 European Law Journal 3 (1997).
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  27. Daniela Caruso, Culpa in Contrahendo: l'Esperiènza Statunitense e Quella Italiana, Giuffre (1993).
  28. Daniela Caruso, "Note in tema di danni precontrattuali," 114 Il Foro Italiano pt. 1, 188 (1991).
  29. Daniela Caruso, "Relazioni precontrattuali e teoria dei giochi," Quadrimestre 810 (1991).
  30. Daniela Caruso, "Note sul marchio celebre di impresa mono-produttiva," 16 Giurisprudenza commerciale pt. 2, 682 (1989).
  31. Daniela Caruso, "Obbligo di contrarre e parità di trattamento nei contratti di somministrazione dell'energia elettrica," 6 Rassegna giuridica dell'energia elettrica 625 (1989).
  32. Daniela Caruso, "Comment to Art. 7 DPR 224/1988, La responsabilità da prodotti difettosi," Nuove leggi civili commentate 497 (1988).
  33. Daniela Caruso, "Comment to Art. 9, Nuova disciplina dei casi di scioglimento del matrimonio," Nuove leggi civili commentate 847 (1988).
  34. Daniela Caruso, "Danno da rapina (al dipendente) e responsabilità della banca," 111 Il Foro Italiano pt. 1, 2849 (1988).
  35. Daniela Caruso, "Il "nom d'usage": una riforma a metà?" 34 Rivista di diritto civile pt. 1, 59 (1988).
  36. Daniela Caruso, "Illecita percezione di interessi e tutela aquiliana del credito," 111 Il Foro Italiano pt. 1, 1189 (1988).
  37. Daniela Caruso, "Leasing e clausola penale," Quadrimestre 167 (1988).
  38. Daniela Caruso, "Quando il rimedio è peggiore del male: emoderivati infetti e responsabilità civile," 111 Il Foro Italiano pt. 1, 144 (1988).
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