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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    • 08/04/2020
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    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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    • 20/03/2020
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    European Commission adopts Covid-19 Temporary Framework for State Aid

    On 19 March 2020, the Commission adopted a Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Covid-19 Temporary Framework”). This Temporary Framework complements the Communication on a Coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak adopted on 13 March 2020. The Covid-19 Temporary Framework outlines the conditions that the Commission will apply when analysing aid granted by Member States under Article 107(3)(b) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”). As a general rule, Member States must notify the planned State aid to the Commission and demonstrate that it is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of the Member State concerned, and that it complies with all the conditions set out in the Covid-19 Temporary Framework.

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