Pietro Ichino

Contact details

Prof. Avv. Pietro Ichino

Studio legale Ichino Brugnatelli e Associati, Partner


tel.:  +390248193249

Experience as legal professional

  • Lawyer specializing in Employment and Labour law since 1975. Since 1986, member of Ichino Brugnatelli law firm. Established and developed the Labour Law department in the law firm, holding the position of Head thereof up to the present time.
  • From 1997 to 2003, President of the National Arbitration Board for executives in the insurance sector, succeeding Prof. Giuseppe Pera in that function.
  • Between 1994 and 1997, promoted and followed the proceedings before the EC Court of Justice, whose outcome was the judgment named “Job Centre II” on December 11, 1997.

Academic career

  • Professor of Labour Law since 1986, first at Cagliari University, until 1991, then holding the Labour Law chair at Università degli Studi di Milano, where was co-founder of the Department of Labour and Welfare Studies joined by lawyers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, and work psychologists.
  • Lecturer at various Italian Universities and at the Universities of Copenhagen, Louvain, Bordeaux, and Vienna.
  • Director of the European Master in Labour Studies at Università degli Studi di Milano from 1999 to 2008. After a ten-year leave due to engagements with the Italian Parliament, in March 2018 restarted teaching Labour Law at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • A researcher since 1983 with the same University, in 1985 took on the role of coordinator of the editorial staff of the Italian Journal of Labour Law (directed by Prof. Giuseppe Pera), holding the position of deputy editor from 1991 to 2002 and then of editor-in-chief until the end of 2008, when he had to leave because of his election to the Italian Parliament


  • The main topics of his research and publications include: the function and effectiveness of collective agreements (1974-1975), the regulation of the circulation of information in a company (1976-1980), the problems and prospects of labour market reforms (1981-1982), work time (1983-1987-2012), the method of classifying employment from a labour law perpective (1988-1992), equal treatment and anti-discrimination law (1991-1993), the economic analysis of labour law (since 1994), the objective reason for dismissal (since 1996). In 1996 Luigi Mengoni entrusted him with the implementation of the treatise on the employment contract in three volumes, within the framework of the “treatise on civil and commercial law” already founded and directed by Antonio Cicu and Francesco Messineo; the three volumes, entirely written by Pietro Ichino, were published between 2000 and 2003.
  • Awarded the acknowledgment named Commenda al Merito della Repubblica for his research and publications which contributed to the progress of trade union relations and work, on June 2, 2006, by a motu proprio initiative of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of the Italian Republic at that time.

Experience as journalist

  • A freelance journalist since 1970, during the 1990s worked with various journals and newspapers, including Il Sole 24 Ore. From the beginning of 1997 to 2008, collaborated with Corriere della Sera, publishing about 250 editorials.
  • In 2002, took part with Tito Boeri and a group of other economists and jurists in the foundation of the website info, focusing on economic-social information. After the already mentioned ten-year leave due to engagements with the Italian Parliament, restarted cooperating with the website up to the present time.

Experience in Government Bodies, Institutions, and Public Entities

  • Recently appointed to the position of member of the new Board of Directors of AFOL Metropolitana, the agency that manages the Employment Centres of the Province of Milan.
  • In April 2008 he was elected to the Senate for the sixteenth legislature; he was then reelected for the subsequent legislature as a member of the Labour Committee of the same branch of the Italian Parliament.
  • In 2007 he participated in the founding of the Democratic Party. In the eighth legislature (1979-1983) he was a member of the Labour Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, elected from the lists of the Italian Communist Party.


In 2009, won the “Oscar” award by “Il Riformista” for best Member of the Parliament of the year; in 2007 he was granted an APE (Association for Economic Progress) Award for the best idea of the year for co-drafting with Professor Bernardo Mattarella a bill aimed at best practices in the evaluation and transparency of the public administrations. In the same year Pietro won Ezio Tarantelli Award by “Club dell’Economia”, due to his action to ensure accurate and reliable evaluation of the efficiency of public bodies.

As mentioned above, in 2006 was honoured by the President of Italy Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi for being an eminent scholar and editorialist.

In 2004, was awarded the National Manpower GIDP World of Work Prize “for his high contribution to the critical interpretation of our labour legislation, and for newly conveying rational meaning to those issues, meeting sensibly both enterprise and labour needs”.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Barrister since 1975, admitted to practice before Italy’s High Courts since 1989.

Legal education

  • Università degli Studi di Milano (J.D., 1972, focusing on Labour Law, tutored by Prof. Luisa Riva Sanseverino.


  • Native Italian speaker, fluent in French and English.


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