Aldo Scalini’s practice focuses on competition and trade law.

EU and Italian Competition Law

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

He has strong expertise in the field of state aid, where he has assisted public bodies and companies in the aviation, infrastructure, tax and maritime transport sectors. 

EU and international Trade Law

Aldo represents companies, industry associations and governments in trade defence investigations (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, anti-circumvention and safeguards) in the EU and other jurisdictions.

He also advises clients on a wide range of EU customs related matters, including tariff classification, origin issues and export controls, and assists public bodies and individuals targeted by EU sanctions.

Aldo has represented public bodies, companies and individuals in numerous cases before the EU Courts and the Italian Courts.


 Italian, English, French 


  • Chambers Global – ‘Foreign Expert’ (Competition/European Law)


  • University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Ph.D., 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 in international law and international trade law at the University of Naples “Federico II” (2010-2011). He also served as a teaching assistant for the course of international law at the same University (2006-2009).

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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
    • News

    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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    • 07/12/2017
    • News

    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists heirs of Commission official in action for damages

    In a landmark judgment issued on 7 December 2017, the EU General Court (Appeal Chamber) upheld the appeal brought by the heirs of the European Commission official Alessandro Missir Mamachi di...

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