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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    • 09/05/2022
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    Van Bael & Bellis successfully assists the relatives of a murdered Commission Official in an action for damage

    In a judgment delivered on 5 May 2022, the Court of Justice ended a 13-year long dispute between the family of Alessandro Missir, a Commission official who was murdered while on mission in Rabat, Morocco, and the Commission. The long dispute involved all courts of the European Union, including the then-Civil Service Tribunal, the General Court (both as a judge of first instance and of appeal) and the Court of Justice. For the first time in history, the Court of Justice ruled that the closest family members of an EU official are entitled to obtain compensation for the material and moral damage suffered as a consequence of its death, if it has been established that the EU institution acted with negligence by failing to provide full protection to the official at stake as foreseen by the applicable staff rules. Moreover, the Court of Justice held that the EU institutions are jointly and severally liable and must pay full compensation even if another subject (e.g., the murder) has contributed to causing the damage. With this latest judgment, the Court definitively established that the right to compensation is not only available to the official's ascendants and descendants but must also be extended to siblings. The Missir family was represented by Fabrizio Di Gianni, Gabriele Coppo and Aldo Scalini. A copy of the judgment is available here.

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    • 29/04/2022
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    Isabelle Van Damme and Aldo Scalini spoke on IBRAC’s panel discussing US and EU sanctions against Russia

    On 27 April 2022, Isabelle and Aldo participated in a panel on US and EU sanctions against Russia organized by IBRAC, the Brazilian Institute of Studies on Competition, Consumer Affairs and International Trade. Isabelle and Aldo spoke on the rationale and objectives of the EU sanctions and provided an overview of the sanctions adopted by the Council of the EU against Russia and Belarus in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine. Further details can be found here.

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    • 21/04/2022
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    AGGIORNAMENTO — Riepilogo Delle Sanzioni Adottate Dall’Unione Europea Contro La Russia

    Con l’inizio del conflitto in Ucraina, l’Unione europea ha adottato una serie di misure restrittive contro la Russia, volte a colpire, inter alia, settori strategici della sua economia. Questa breve nota ha l’obiettivo di fornire uno strumento di rapida consultazione del complesso quadro sanzionatorio adottato dall’UE.

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