Professor Francesco Rizzuto


Educated in the universities of Hull and Manchester. Completed courses on European Administrative Law at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence and European Banking and Financial Law at the International University Institute, Luxembourg. Has taught at a number of universities including Ulster, Hull, Cardiff, Oxford Brookes and Lancaster. Multi and inter-disciplinary background. Involved in a number of European Commission supported projects, training judges in Community law in former candidate Member States. Membership of appropriate subject associations. Has significant management experience as the head of academic departments and groups of departments. Very successful track record of curriculum innovation including programme design and validation. Served as a member of the University Board of Governors, University Academic Board and University and Faculty committees on academic standards and quality and planning and resources.  Regular analyst for radio and television on matters relating to EU Law and UK and European Politics.


  • BA (Hons) Special Politics, University of Hull, 1978
  • LLM European Law and Policy, University of Manchester, 2001


  • LAW3051 EU Constitutional Law
  • LAW3046 Media Law
  • LAW3052 EU Substantive Law

Research Interests

  • European Constitutional Law
  • European Competition Law
  • The Enforcement of Multi-level Regulatory Frameworks
  • Brexit


  • Rizzuto, F. (Forthcoming) The Private Enforcement of EU Competition Law Developments in the Case Law.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2019), The ECN plus Directive: Empowering National Administrative Competition Authorities in the European Union to be More Effective Enforcers of EU Competition Law.  ‘European Competition and Regulatory Law Review’3(2), 80-99
  • Rizzuto, F. (2019), The ECN Plus Directive: The Harmonization of National Procedural Rules Governing the Parallel Enforcement of European Union Competition Law in the Internal Market.  ‘European Competition and Regulatory Law Review’ Vol 40, Issue 12, Pages 574 – 583
  • Rizzuto, F. (2012), ‘Regulating the Regulators’ Intermedia 40 (4)34-39
  • Rizzuto, F. (2012), ‘The EU Concept of Communication to the Public and the Protection of Copyright in Electronic Communications’ Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 18(6) 179-197.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2012) ‘Injunctions against Online Service Providers’, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 19 (3) 69-74.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2012) ‘Leniency and Damages Actions: The Recent European Union Court Jurisprudence’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 5 (1) 4-17.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2012) ‘The Liability of Online Intermediate Service Providers for Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights’, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 18 (1) 4-16.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2011), ‘The Procedural Implications of the Pfleiderer Judgment for Follow-Actions’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 4(3) 116-125.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2011), ‘Article 5 of Regulation 1/2003: The Limits to National Procedural Autonomy’, European Competition Law Review, 32 (11) 564-572.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2011), ‘The Procedural Implications of VEBIC’, European Competition Law Review, 32(6)285-296.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2011), ‘European Union Telecommunications Law Reform and Combatting Online Non-Commercial Infringements of Copyright: Seeing Through the Legal Fog’, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 17(3)75-92.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2011), ‘Leniency and Follow-on private Actions for Damages: Comment on the Opinion of the Advocate General in the Pfleiderer Case’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 4(2)99-106.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2010), ‘Reforming the Constitutional Fundamentals of the EU Telecommunications Regulatory Framework’, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 16(2)44-56.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2010), ‘The Akzo ruling of the Court of Justice and the Private Enforcement of EU Competition Law: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 3(4)131-141.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2010) ,‘The Private Enforcement of European Competition Law: What Next ?’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 3(2)57-68.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2009), ‘Does the EU Have Competence to Harmonise National Procedural Rules Governing Private Actions for Damages for Infringements of EU Antitrust Rules?’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 2(1)29-48.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2009), ‘Remedying Deficits in Europe’s telecom regulatory Framework – Part 1’, Intermedia, 37(2)8-15.
  • Rizzuto. F. (2009), ‘Remedying Deficits in Europe’s Telecom Regulatory Framework – Part 2’, Intermedia, 37(3)10-12.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2009), ‘The Harmonised Enforcement of European Telecommunications Law; The Case Law of the European Judicature on the Constitutional Fundamentals – Part 1, Computer and Telecommunictions Law Review, 15(2)37-47.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2009), ‘The Harmonised Enforcement of European Telecommunications Law: The Case Law of the European Judicature on the Constitutional Fundamentals – Part 2’, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 15(3)67-74.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2008), ‘Competition Law Enforcement in Belgium: Still Flawed and Uncertain Despite Recent Reform’, European Competition Law Review, 29(6)367-375.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2008), ‘National Merger Control Proceedings and the Requirements of European Community Law: The Limits to Exclusive Jurisdiction’, European Competition Law Review, 29(12)692-709.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2008), ‘Parallel Competence and the Power of the EC Commission under Regulation 1/20003EC According to the CFI’, European Competition Law Review, 29(5)286-297.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2008), ‘The Enforcement of EU Telecommunications Law: A State Centric System’, European Current Law (12)xi –xviii.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2004), ‘European Integration and the French Parliament’, Journal of Legislative Studies, 10(1)123-149.
  • Rizzuto, F. (2003), ‘National Parliaments and the Convention on the Future of Europe’, Federal Trust Constitution Project Published Papers, Federal Trust (3/19):1-20.
  • Rizzuto, F (2003), ‘National Parliaments and the EU Constitutional Order’, Journal of Legislative Studies, 9(3)87-109.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1997), ‘France: Something of a Rehabilitation’, Parliamentary Affairs, 50(3)373-380.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1996), ‘The French Parliament and the European Union’, in Norton, P. (eds), National Parliaments and the European Union, London, Cass.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1995), ‘The Evolving Role of Parliaments in Europe’, Journal of Legislative Studies, 1(1)158-159.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1995), ‘The French Parliament and the European Union: Loosening the Constitutional Straitjacket’, Journal of Legislative Studies, 1(3)46-60.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1993), Book Review of ‘Politics in Western Europe’ by Hancock, M.D., Political Studies, 41(4):703.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1993), Book Review of ‘Southern European Security in the 1990s’ by Albioni, R. (ed), Political Studies, 41(1):173.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1992), Book Review of ‘Shaping Postwar Europe: European Unity and Disunity’ by Stirk, P. & Willis, D. (eds), Political Studies, 40(3):628.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1991), Book Review of ‘ French Politics in Transition’ by Cole, A. (ed), Political Studies, 39(3):751.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1991), Book Review of ‘Parliaments in Western Europe’ by Norton, P. (ed), Political Studies, 39(1):191.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1991), Book Review of ‘ The Politics of Left-Wing Violence in Italy – 1965-85’ by Moss, D.; ‘Red Brigades: The Story of Italian Terrorism’ by Meade, C.; and ‘Il Polo Esculso: Profilo del Movimento Sociale Italiano’ by Ignazi.y, P., Political Studies, 39(1):165-166.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1991), ‘The Parties of the Mainstream Right: Evolution and Adaptation’, Modern and Contemporary France (47)5-19.
  • Rizzuto, F.  (1990), ‘Law of International Telecommunications in the UK’, Journal of Media Law, 11(1)37-38.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1990), Book Review of ‘ The Broadcasting Debate Series No 2, The European Experience’ by Nowell-Smith, G. (ed) and No 3, Responses to the White Paper’ by Stevenson, W. & Smedley, N., Journal of Media Law, 11(4):108-109.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1989), Book Review of ‘ European Telecommunications Organisations’ by Foremann-Peck, J. & Muller, J., Journal of Media Law, 10(1):38.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1989), Book Review of ‘The Mafia and Clientelism: Roads to Rome in Post-War Calabria’ by Watson, J., Political Studies, 37(4):319-320.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1988), Book Review of ‘Politics in France : From Giscard to Mitterrand’ by Derbyshire, I., Political Studies, 36(4):726.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1988), Book Review of ‘Satellite Broadcasting: The Politics of the New Media’ by Negrine, R. (ed), Journal of Media Law, 9(4):154-155.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1988), Book Review of ‘The French Socialist Party: The Emergence of a Party of Government’ by Bell, D.S. & Criddle, B., Political Studies, 36(4):724.
  • Rizzuto, F. (1987), ‘Anti-Political Politics: The Barre Phenomenon’, Government and Opposition, 22(2)145-162.
  • Tether, P., Aughey, A. & Rizzuto, F. (1979) , ‘The European Elections 1979: Humberside a Case Study’, Hull Papers in Politics, No.13.