Maria Chiara Malaguti


Maria Chiara Malaguti

President of UNIDROIT, Expert in International Law, Legal Advisor to the World Bank, Legal Advisor to the Legal Affairs Service, Diplomatic Disputes and Treaties of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Maria Chiara Malaguti is Full Professor of International Law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan / Rome, Italy). He is currently legal advisor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for commercial and investment law issues and to the World Bank for the modernization of payment systems, financial markets and governance. He is Chair of the UNCITRAL WG1 on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. International arbitrator in particular for direct investment law, he supports the Italian State Attorney’s Office in the defense of Italy in all disputes relating to direct investments that have so far been opened.

In August 2020, the Foreign Minister appointed her as President of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, UNIDROIT starting from September 1, 2020 and for the next five years. She is the first woman to have been appointed to that post.

Until July 2003 she was senior expert in the Payment Systems Division of the European Central Bank, providing legal advice in the section responsible for securities clearing systems. In a previous period of her consultancy at the European Monetary Institute in 1996 she had already dealt with issues relating to financial markets and global governance.

Dr. Malaguti graduated in law and economics, obtained an LLM from Harvard Law School and a doctorate from the European University Institute (IUE) in Florence. He has numerous publications, mainly on financial markets, the harmonization of law and sovereign debt.

In the past she was a referendum and head of cabinet at the Court of Justice of the European Union and continues to practice law in Rome.