Dr Vito Breda


Dr Vito Breda
NameDr Vito Breda
Email Addressvito.breda@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Law)
QualificationsFHEA HEA, PGCertUniT&L Cardiff, LLM EALT, PhD Edinburgh
DepartmentSchool of Law and Justice
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4593-1699
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Biography

Dr Vito Breda is an expert on federalism and decentralization policies. Vito has just completed his second book on regionalism titled: Constitutional Crises and Regionalism. The book is included in the prestigious Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law series, edited by Rosalind Dixon (UNSW), Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University ), and Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School).

In 2014 -15, Dr Breda was MacCormick Fellow at the Law School of the University of Edinburgh. Previously he was appointed visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University. Before joining USQ, Dr Breda lectured at Cardiff Law School, worked as a researcher for the Scottish Parliament, and at the University of Milan.

Also, he is the sole editor of Legal Transplants in East Asia and Oceania (2019, Cambridge University Press). Among his publications are Constitutional Law and Regionalism, (2018, Edward Elgar Publishing) The Objectivity of Judicial Decisions (2017, Peter Lang Publishing), and Diverse Narratives of Legal Objectivity (2016, Peter Lang Publishing).

Constitutional Crises and Regionalism (2023)

https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/constitutional-crises-and-regionalism-9781839107092.html

‘This book by Vito Breda constitutes a major exploration of a series of ethno-regionalism cases in Europe, North America, East Asia, and Oceania through the lenses of constitutionalism and territorial politics. The author convincingly illustrates how cooperation among groups, respect between key political partners, and the protection of human dignity contribute to creating the necessary conditions for political stability and reciprocity. Complementary to this sustained account, a crucial point is made to the effect that permanent negotiations among political partners open the way to the expansion of the democratic exercise while instilling a culture of togetherness—a must-read for anyone interested in the development of multinational democracies.’ – Alain-G. Gagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

‘Regionalism is in the midst of a renaissance, and there is no scholar better than Vito Breda to assess the challenges and opportunities regionalism raises for constitutional stability and performance. Timely and inspired, this study of sub-state identity-formation exposes deep fissures in multinational societies but charts a hopeful path for managing regional constitutional crises.’ – Richard Albert, University of Texas, US

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Senior Lecturer in LawUniversity of Southern Queensland 2017
Lecturer in Law University of Southern Queensland 20142017
Lecturer in Law (B)Cardiff Law School 20092014
Lecturer in Law (A)Cardiff Law School 20042009
Tutor in LawEdinburgh Law School 20002004

Expertise

Comparative law, federalism, regional conflics

Teaching

Theories of Law, Comparative Law, European Law

Fields of Research

  • 480302. Comparative law
  • 480304. European Union law

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
European Union Expert and Evaluator - Horizon Europe , Research and innovation - European UnionEU Commision 2019
IVR International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy - 2001
Commision on legal pluralism - International Association of Legal Science - Institute of Folk Law, Nijmegen University, the Netherlands. 2018
Associazione di diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo University of Milan 2023
Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato, University of Salerno, 2023
Fellow at the British Higher Education Academy, University of York, 2009
FHEA
HEA
2009
PGCertUniT&L
Cardiff
2009
LLM
EALT
1998
PhD
Edinburgh
2005

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
From Bologna Process to EHEA: An Historically Informed Policy Analysis in the IR ParadigmAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Influencing Behaviour from the Classroom to the CourtroomAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2017

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Substantive public policy in cross-border litigation: A common law studyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2022Invite Speaker: Rule of Law after Covid. Constitutional developments in Europe and Oceania, University of BresciaUniversity of BresciaConstitutional Crises and Regionalism - Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series editors: Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales, Australia, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University and Mark Tushnet, Harvard University, US
2019Research Fellowship - Research Center for Law and Economics University of New Caledonia, Laboratoire de recherches juridique (IUT de la Nouvelle-Calédonie)Research Center for Law and Economics University of New Caledonia, Laboratoire de recherches juridique (IUT de la Nouvelle-Calédonie)2019 CQR00 Pilotage scientifique, IUT de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, French Minister of Education and Research, Laboratoire de recherches juridique $1.800
2019Invited Speaker: The Loyalty of Constitutional PatriotsThe Virtue of Loyalty - Oklaoma Univeristy Constitutional patriotism
2018Invited Speaker: The Invisible Rule of Law in Judicial DiscretionDoshisha Univertity - Kyoto
2018Invited Speaker: The Objectivity of Judicial Decisions Stockholm University, the School of law seminar series The objectivity of judicial decisions: a comparative analysis of nine jurisdictions
2016Invited Speaker: The Objectivity of Judicial DecisionsThe University of BresciaThe objectivity of judicial decisions: a comparative analysis of nine jurisdictions
2016Invited Speaker:Judicial Bias and the Brexit, University of Deusto, Bilbao The objectivity of judicial decisions: a comparative analysis of nine jurisdictions
2015MacCormick Fellowship MacCormick Trust, The Univeristy of Edinburgh, School of Law Constitutional law and regionalism: a comparative analysis of regionalist negotiations
2020Horizon MSCA Expert EvaluatorEuropean Commission - Brussels, BelgiumConstitutional Crises and Regionalism - Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series editors: Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales, Australia, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University and Mark Tushnet, Harvard University, US
2020Grant reviewerThe Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Dutch Government, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsConstitutional Crises and Regionalism - Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series editors: Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales, Australia, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University and Mark Tushnet, Harvard University, US
2023research review University of Texas
2023research review Université du Québec à Montréal, CanadaConstitutional Crises and Regionalism - Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series editors: Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales, Australia, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University and Mark Tushnet, Harvard University, US

Constitutional Crises and Regionalism: Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law

Breda, Vito. 2023. Constitutional Crises and Regionalism: Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law . United Kingdom. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania

Breda, Vito (ed.) 2019. Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania . United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press.

Constitutional law and regionalism: a comparative analysis of regionalist negotiations

Breda, Vito. 2018. Constitutional law and regionalism: a comparative analysis of regionalist negotiations. United Kingdom. Edward Elgar Publishing.

The objectivity of judicial decisions: a comparative analysis of nine jurisdictions

Breda, Vito. 2017. The objectivity of judicial decisions: a comparative analysis of nine jurisdictions. New York, United States. Peter Lang Publishing.

Diverse narratives of legal objectivity: an interdisciplinary perspective

Breda, Vito and Rodack, Lidia (ed.) 2016. Diverse narratives of legal objectivity: an interdisciplinary perspective. Oxford, England. Peter Lang Publishing.

Regionalism

Breda, Vito. 2023. "Regionalism." Smits, Jan M., Husa, Jaakko, Valcke, Catherine and Narciso, Madalena (ed.) Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law . United Kingdom. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 297-304

Shari’a Law in Catholic Italy: A Non-agnostic Model of Accommodation

Breda, Vito. 2023. "Shari’a Law in Catholic Italy: A Non-agnostic Model of Accommodation." Possamai, Aam, Richardson, James T. and Turner, Bryan S. (ed.) The Sociology of Shari’a: Case Studies from Around the World . Switzerland. Springer. pp. 201–219

The gay cake controversy in the United Kingdom and Italian inertia

Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo. 2022. "The gay cake controversy in the United Kingdom and Italian inertia ." Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 29 (6), pp. 708-725. https://doi.org/10.1177/1023263X231158488

Balancing Competing Dignity Claims: Insights from the United Kingdom and Italy

Frau, Matteo and Breda, Vito. 2021. "Balancing Competing Dignity Claims: Insights from the United Kingdom and Italy." Bussey, Barry W. and Menuge, Angus J. L. (ed.) The Inherence of Human Dignity: Law and Religious Liberty, Volume 2. London, United Kingdom. Anthem Press. pp. 165-184

The Governor General in Australia and gender equality

Gleeson, Kate and Breda, Vito. 2020. "The Governor General in Australia and gender equality." Royal Studies Journal. 7 (2), pp. 10-30.

Northern Ireland and South Tyrol: constitutional boundaries in consociational democracies

Breda, Vito and Wolfe O'Rourke, Erin. 2020. "Northern Ireland and South Tyrol: constitutional boundaries in consociational democracies." Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo (ed.) La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione. Italy. Editoriale Scientifica. pp. 25-52

La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione

Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo. 2020. La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione. Naples, italy. Editoriale Scientifica.

Preface [to La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione]

Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo. 2020. "Preface [to La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione]." Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo (ed.) La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione. Naples, Italy. Editoriale Scientifica. pp. 7-9

Concluding remarks [to La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione]

Breda, Vito. 2020. "Concluding remarks [to La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione]." Breda, Vito and Frau, Matteo (ed.) La contrattazione costituzionale dei livelli di autonomia: modelli per una comparazione. Naples, Italy. Editoriale Scientifica. pp. 205-208

Constitutional patriotism

Breda, Vito. 2020. "Constitutional patriotism." Sardoc, Mitja (ed.) Handbook of patriotism. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. pp. 179-192

Conclusion

Breda, Vito. 2019. "Conclusion." Breda, Vito (ed.) Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania. United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 321-324

Introduction

Breda, Vito. 2019. "Introduction." Breda, Vito (ed.) Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania. United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-15

Advanced introduction to law and globalisation by Jaakko Husa

Breda, Vito. 2019. "Advanced introduction to law and globalisation by Jaakko Husa." The Modern Law Review. 82 (4), pp. 755-758. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12430

Samoa: constitutional governance and customary law

Breda, Vito. 2019. "Samoa: constitutional governance and customary law." Revue juridique polyne´sienne. 23, pp. 163-180.

New Caledonia: the archipelago that does not want to be freed

Breda, Vito and Mihailovic, Andreja. 2019. "New Caledonia: the archipelago that does not want to be freed." Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific. XXIV (Tier II), pp. 69-95.

The incomplete legal transplant – good faith and the common law

Gray, Anthony. 2019. "The incomplete legal transplant – good faith and the common law." Breda, Vito (ed.) Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania. Cambridge, United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 111-131

Over the secular ridge of human wants: the constitutional legitimacy of secular-state funding of chaplaincy programmes in Australia

Breda, Vito. 2018. "Over the secular ridge of human wants: the constitutional legitimacy of secular-state funding of chaplaincy programmes in Australia." Menuge, Angus J. L. (ed.) Religious liberty and the law: theistic and non-theistic perspectives. United Kingdomn. Routledge. pp. 159-174

The grammar of bias: judicial impartiality in European legal systems

Breda, Vito. 2017. "The grammar of bias: judicial impartiality in European legal systems." International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 30 (2), pp. 245-260. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-016-9489-2

Constitutional patriotism

Breda, Vito. 2017. "Constitutional patriotism." Sellers, Mortimer and Kirste, Stephan (ed.) Encyclopedia of the philosophy of law and social philosophy. Netherlands. Springer. pp. 1-7

[Introduction] to Diverse narratives of legal objectivity

Breda, Vito and Rodack, Lidia. 2016. "[Introduction] to Diverse narratives of legal objectivity." Breda, Vito and Rodack, Lidia (ed.) Diverse narratives of legal objectivity: an interdisciplinary perspective. Oxford, England. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 7-12

Indigenous Australians and the constitutional reform: learning from a very British experience

Breda, Vito. 2016. "Indigenous Australians and the constitutional reform: learning from a very British experience." Young, Simon, Nielsen, Jennifer and Patrick, Jeremy (ed.) Constitutional recognition of first peoples in Australia: theories and comparative perspectives. Sydney, Australia. Federation Press. pp. 229-246

The Australian offshore detention regime: a constitutional reflection

Breda, Vito. 2016. "The Australian offshore detention regime: a constitutional reflection." Quaderni Costituzionali. 36 (4), pp. 813-816. https://doi.org/10.1439/85062

The concept of objectivity in the UK Supreme Court through a comparative looking glass

Breda, Vito. 2016. "The concept of objectivity in the UK Supreme Court through a comparative looking glass." Breda, Vito and Rodack, Lidia (ed.) Diverse narratives of legal objectivity: an interdisciplinary perspective. England. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 211-224

Shari’a law in Catholic Italy: a non-agnostic model of accommodation

Breda, Vito. 2015. "Shari’a law in Catholic Italy: a non-agnostic model of accommodation." Possamai, Adam, Richardson, James T. and Turner, Bryan S. (ed.) The sociology of Shari’a: case studies from around the world. United States. Springer. pp. 119-137

Constitutional patriotism and the Scottish referendum

Breda, Vito. 2015. "Constitutional patriotism and the Scottish referendum." Hulas, Maciej and Fel, Stanislaw (ed.) Intricacies of Patriotism: towards a complexity of patriotic allegiance. United Kingdom. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 161-185

Lingering with intent: the UK constitutional review

Breda, Vito. 2015. "Lingering with intent: the UK constitutional review." Jovanovich, Miodrag A. (ed.) Constitutional Review and Democracy. Netherlands. Eleven International Publishing. pp. 165-184

English pragmatism and Italian virtue: a comparative analysis of the regime of illegally obtained evidence in civil law proceedings between Italy and England

Breda, Vito and Vricella, Matteo. 2014. "English pragmatism and Italian virtue: a comparative analysis of the regime of illegally obtained evidence in civil law proceedings between Italy and England." Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 21 (3), pp. 435-450.

Interlocking constitutions: towards an interordinal theory of national, European and UN law by Louis I. Gordillo

Breda, Vito. 2014. "Interlocking constitutions: towards an interordinal theory of national, European and UN law by Louis I. Gordillo ." The Modern Law Review. 77 (5), pp. 827-829. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12084_3

An odd partnership: identity-based constitutional claims in modern democracy

Breda, Vito. 2014. "An odd partnership: identity-based constitutional claims in modern democracy." Jenkins, Fiona, Nolan, Mark and Rubenstein, Kim (ed.) Allegiance and identity in a globalised world. Cambridge, United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 52-76

How to reverse the Italian brain drain: a master class from Australia

Breda, Vito. 2014. "How to reverse the Italian brain drain: a master class from Australia." International Migration. 52 (4), pp. 64-77. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12142

The Scottish devolution and the 2014 referendum: what are the potential reverberations in Spain?

Breda, Vito. 2013. "The Scottish devolution and the 2014 referendum: what are the potential reverberations in Spain?" Teoria y Realidad Constitucional. 31 (1), pp. 69-88.

Balancing secularism with religious freedom: in Lautsi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights evolved

Breda, Vito. 2013. "Balancing secularism with religious freedom: in Lautsi v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights evolved." Menuge, Angus (ed.) Legitimizing human rights: secular and religious perspectives. United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 127-142

Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain's Constitution to 2020 by Robert Hazell

Breda, Vito. 2011. "Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain's Constitution to 2020 by Robert Hazell." Public Law: the constitutional and administrative law of the commonwealth.

The odd case of the legal foundation module: reporting on student perceptions of e-learning at Cardiff Law School

Breda, V. and Langton, N.. 2011. "The odd case of the legal foundation module: reporting on student perceptions of e-learning at Cardiff Law School." Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 8 (1), pp. 59-84.

Jurisprudence of National Identity by Nan Seuffert

Breda, Vito. 2009. "Jurisprudence of National Identity by Nan Seuffert." Social and Legal Studies: an international journal. 18 (4), pp. 467-468. https://doi.org/10.1177/09646639090180040703

Constitutional Dilemmas: Conflicts of Fundamental Legal Rights in Europe and the USA by Lorenzo Zucca

Breda, Vito. 2009. "Constitutional Dilemmas: Conflicts of Fundamental Legal Rights in Europe and the USA by Lorenzo Zucca ." The Modern Law Review. 72 (2), pp. 325-327. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2009.00746_4.x

Public Law and Politics by Emilios Christodoulidis and Stephen Tierney (eds)

Breda, Vito. 2009. "Public Law and Politics by Emilios Christodoulidis and Stephen Tierney (eds)." The Modern Law Review. 72 (6), pp. 1055-1056. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2009.00780_4.x

Constitutional identities in a liquid society

Breda, Vito. 2007. "Constitutional identities in a liquid society." Priban, Gigi (ed.) Liquid society and its law. Abingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 153-169

A European constitution in a multinational Europe or a multinational constitution for Europe?

Breda, Vito. 2006. "A European constitution in a multinational Europe or a multinational constitution for Europe?" European Law Journal. 12 (3), pp. 330-344. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0386.2006.00320.x

Review of social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the ninth report

Breda, Vito. 2005. "Review of social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the ninth report." SCOLAG.

The incoherence of the patriotic state: a critique of 'constitutional patriotism'

Breda, Vito. 2004. "The incoherence of the patriotic state: a critique of 'constitutional patriotism'." Res Publica. 10, pp. 247-265. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-004-0828-x