Dr Marco Rizzi

Started at UWA: 2018

Academic lawyer exploring the public/private divide

I enjoy the critical analysis of contemporary approaches to risk regulation: behind dry technical rules there is always a policy, an economic interest, a moral choice. Dr Marco Rizzi

Dr Marco Rizzi is an academic lawyer and senior lecturer within the UWA Law School. He researches the law as a tool for the protection of individual and collective health and safety and the relationship between law, politics and the market.

Dr Rizzi obtained an LLB and a Master of Laws in Civil Law at the University of Pisa (Italy) and an Honours Diploma in Legal Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa. In 2010, he obtained an LLM in Comparative Law from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), where he went on to undertake research for his PhD, awarded in 2015. He was also instrumental in a major jurisprudential shift in medical liability law in the Seychelles in 2016, and was Head of the Department of Law at the University of Seychelles from 2015 to 2017.

Currently, Dr Rizzi’s research addresses the public/private divide and the public functions of private law, with a specific focus on the interplay between torts and regulation in its modern form. He also looks at the evolving relationship between risk, uncertainty and law, and the extent to which legal tools can address emerging risks. This work investigates how complex multi-layered systems of rules can be liable themselves to create uncertainty.


  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM
  • PhD


Teaching and supervision opportunities



UWA Research Impact Grant 

  • Building Vaccine Confidence Against Bad Science: The Role of Liability and Compensation Schemes for Vaccine Related Injuries ($20,000)

Marco Rizzi and Katie Attwell (UWA School of Social Sciences)

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme 'Duo Wallonia-Brussels' 

  • Law, Artificial Intelligence and the Future (€5000)

Marco Rizzi and Christophe Lazaro (UC Louvain)

UWA IAS Visiting Fellowship

  • Law, Artificial Intelligence and the Future ($3000)

Marco Rizzi and Christophe Lazaro (UC Louvain)


UWA Educational Enhancement Unit

  • Flipping Torts, using digital tech to enhance JD students' learning experience ($5000)

Marco Rizzi and Kate Offer (UWA Law School)

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