Francesco Pilli focuses on EU and Italian competition law as well as EU and international trade law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Francesco worked as a référendaire in the Chambers of the then Vice-President of the European Court of Justice, Prof. Antonio Tizzano, where he gained experience in the fields of EU procedural and substantive law across a wide array of areas, including antitrust and State aid law, data protection, access to documents, free movement rules and fundamental rights. He was also responsible for several interim measures proceedings in the fields of EU public procurement law and REACH.

In addition, Francesco is also active in the academic field. He has authored and contributed to several academic works and delivers guest lectures in the field of EU law. 


Italian, English, French, German


  • University of Leuven, Master of EU and International Law, magna cum laude, 2015 
  • University of Turin, Bachelor of Law, summa cum laude, 2013 
  • University of Göttingen, Erasmus exchange, 2011-2012


“Art. 40 dello Statuto della Corte di giustizia, Artt. 129-132 del regolamento di procedura della Corte, Artt. 142-145 del regolamento di procedura del Tribunale”, C. Amalfitano-M. Condinanzi-P. Iannuccelli (eds.), Le regole del processo dinanzi al giudice dell’Unione europea, 2017.

(Contributor) “Manuale di diritto dell’Unione europea”, R. Adam-A. Tizzano, 2nd edition, 2017.

(Contributor) “De la Cour CECA à la Cour de l’Union: le long parcours de la justice européenne”, K. Lenaerts (ed.), 2018.

(Contributor), “Codice dell’Unione europea”, A. Tizzano, 5th edition, pending publication.

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