Aldo Scalini specialises in EU law, with a particular focus on trade and competition law. He represents clients in proceedings before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the EU.  

EU Trade Law and Sanctions

Aldo has been involved in many major anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and safeguard investigations initiated by the EU and by third countries such as the UK, the USA, Australia, and Turkey. He represents governments of exporting countries as well as companies and associations in a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminium, chemicals, energy and food.

Aldo has extensive experience in assisting public bodies, companies and individuals targeted by EU sanctions. He also advises international companies on compliance with trade and economic sanctions and export control laws.

Competition Law

Aldo has strong expertise in the field of State aid, where he has successfully assisted public authorities suspected of granting aid and alleged beneficiaries active in different sectors, including aviation, infrastructure, tax, and maritime transport.

Aldo also regularly represents clients in antitrust investigations initiated by the European Commission or the Italian Competition Authority. His experience includes advising on antitrust compliance programmes, distribution, and licensing agreements.

EU Law and Litigation

Aldo advises clients on EU law-related issues with special focus on regulated sectors, including the food and beverage, environmental, and automotive sectors. He also advises clients on EU staff regulation issues and public procurement. 

Aldo has assisted and represented clients in more than 30 cases before the Court of Justice of the EU (including cases relating to the EU commercial policy, EU sanctions, State aid, and staff regulations) and before the Italian civil and administrative courts.


 Italian, English, French 


  • Chambers Global – ‘Foreign Expert’ (Competition/European Law)
  • Legal 500 for Competition Law (EU and Global)


  • University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Ph.D. (Public international law), 2010
  • University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Laurea in Giurisprudenza (J.D.), magna cum laude, 2006
  • University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Student, 2006


  • Aiuti di stato e società di calcio in difficoltà: i recenti casi “Valencia football clubs” e “Dutch football clubs”, Rivista di Diritto ed Economia dello Sport, Vol. XII(3), 2016.
  • Prossimità geografica e autosufficienza regionale nella gestione dei rifiuti in una recente sentenza della Corte di giustizia (C- 297/08), awarded the “Andrea Cafiero” Prize (Naples Bar), 2010.

Teaching Posts

Aldo Scalini lectured on international law and international trade law at the University of Naples “Federico II” (2010-2011). He also served as a teaching assistant in public international law at the same University (2006-2009).

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    • 01/02/2021
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    Van Bael & Bellis promotes Aldo Scalini

    Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce the promotion of EU law specialist Aldo Scalini to Counsel. Aldo joined Van Bael & Bellis in December 2011 and has 15 years of experience in EU Trade Law, Competition Law and Litigation. Aldo represents clients in investigations initiated by the European Commission and proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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    • 08/04/2020
    • Articles

    New Italian measures to cope with covid-19 in light of EU and WTO law

    On 6 April 2020, the Italian Government adopted a Law Decree (so-called “Decreto Liquidità”) laying down additional measures to support companies negatively affected by the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. These measures aim at alleviating the devastating effects of the outbreak on the Italian economy. However, it would appear that some of the measures may raise issues in light of EU and WTO law. Since the final text of the Law Decree has not yet been published in the Italian Official Journal, this flash alert is based on the measures as described in the press release issued by the Italian Government on 6 April 2020.

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    • 17/01/2019
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists Italy in connection with the safeguard investigation with regard to imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assisted Italy in the framework of the safeguard investigation initiated by the European Commission under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Regulation with regard to imports of Indica rice originating in Cambodia and Myanmar. Both Cambodia and Myanmar benefit from the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement, which is one of the pillars of the GSP and guarantees tariff-free access to the EU market for all exports, except for weapons and ammunition. With the support of other EU rice-producing Member States, Italy claimed in its request that the significant increase in imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar at low prices caused EU growers and millers of Indica rice to experience serious difficulties. At the end of the investigation, the Commission concluded that Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar is imported in volumes and at prices which cause serious difficulties to EU producers. Consequently, for the first time since the adoption of the GSP Regulation in 2012, the European Commission decided to make use of the safeguard provisions in the GSP Regulation in order to protect the interests of the EU industry. The common customs duty with regard to imports of Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar will be reinstated as from 18 January 2019 for a period of three years, with a progressive reduction in the second and third years of its application. Italy was assisted by Van Bael & Bellis partner Fabrizio Di Gianni, senior associate Aldo Scalini and associate Sofia Gentiloni Silveri. The Commission’s implementing regulation was published in today’s Official Journal.

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