Luca Rubini

Deputy director, The Institute of European Law. Birmingham Law School

Dr Luca Rubini is reader (associate professor) in international economic law and deputy director of the Institute of European Law at Birmingham Law School. He served as law clerk at the European Court of Justice. Luca had held visiting positions at the European University Institute (Florence), the Institute of International Economic Law (Georgetown), the World Trade Institute (University of Berne) and Bocconi University, Milan.  He is fellow of the Centre of European Law, King’s College London, and visiting professor at ASERI (Catholic University, Milan).

Luca's main research interest lies in subsidy law and policy, and he is presently extending his focus to the analysis of the various linkages between energy, trade and climate change. Among his works: The Definition of Subsidy and State Aid – WTO Law and EC Law in Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2009); “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More. Subsidies for Renewable Energy, the SCM Agreement, Policy Space and Law Reform” (2012) Journal of International Economic Law;  (with Ingrid Jegou), “Who’ll stop the rain? Allocating Emissions Allowances for Free: Environmental Policy, Economics and WTO Subsidy Law (2012) Transnational Environmental Law. Luca is currently working on a new project on the governance of legitimate subsidies in the WTO which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Bridges news

22 November 2012
It is noted from many quarters that there are still various market obstacles for clean energy and that public support, often in the form of subsidisation, is needed. It is also agreed that support should be properly designed and, in particular, should be as targeted as possible - with preference...