School of Social and Political Science

Salvatore FP Barillà

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PhD student

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Salvatore Barillà is a PhD candidate in Politics at the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Edinburgh. He obtained a combined Bachelor and master’s degree in Law at LUISS University (Rome) and a double master’s degree in European Studies at LUISS University and in International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing).

His current research investigates EU-China trade disputes in the WTO. It focuses on the reasons why China and the EU decide to enter into a dispute with each other in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism. In particular, it investigates the role of programmatic beliefs in governments' decision to pursue a trade dispute.

He worked as a legal intern in multiple law firms in different countries, and as an intern at the commercial office of the Italian Embassy in Belgium.

He is interested in International Political Economy, International Trade and Investment Law, and EU-China studies.



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2018-2019: Master of Law, International Relations (92,1%), China Foreign Affairs University (外交学院), Beijing, China.

2017-2019: MSc, International Relations, major in European Studies (110/110 cum laude), LUISS University, Rome, Italy.

2012-2017: Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico (combined bachelor and master's degree), Law, major in International Law (110/110), LUISS University, Rome, Italy.

August 2014-December 2014: Erasmus+, University of Oslo, Norway.


Conferences and Presentations

ECPR SGIR Summer School "International Relations in a Post-Hegemonic World", University of Antwerp, 12th July 2021. Paper title: The use of programmatic beliefs in EU-China trade disputes in the WTO DSM. Paper discussant: Dr Nana de Graaff

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2021, 17th and 18th June 2021. Paper title: The use of programmatic beliefs in EU-China trade disputes in the WTO DSM

UNSW (University of New South Wales) 2020 CIBEL Global Network Young Scholars Workshop, 20th August 2020 (the conference was broadcasted by Sky News Australia, channel 604). Paper title: EU-China trade and investment relations and COVID-19: old struggles and new challenges.

British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) Conference 2020, 28th July 2020. Paper title: China-EU Trade disputes in the WTO.

PGR PIR Seminars, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, 13th March 2020. Paper title: EU-China Trade Disputes in the WTO: Drivers and Motivations.

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2019, 8th and 9th July 2019. Paper title: EU-China relations: the impact of dispute settlement resolution mechanisms.



Peer reviewed:

Barillà, S.F.P. (2021) 'EU-China Trade and Investment Relations and Covid-19: Old Struggles or New Challenges?'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 13(2), 42-53.

Barillà, S.F.P., and Pellicanò, A. (2020). 'The treatment of irregular migrants during COVID-19: A comparative analysis of Italian and Portuguese responses'Public Policy Studies, 7(4(28), 123-138.

Blog articles:

Barillà, S.F.P. (2021). 'The study of ideas in EU-China disputes in the WTO'Crossroads Europe. [peer-reviewed]

Barillà, S.F.P. (2017). 'In the name of the EU, the European Council and the Member States'. Centro di Ricerca sulle Organizzazioni Internazionali ed Europee (CROIE) LUISS.


Teaching experience

A.Y. 2021/22, Sem. 1: Tutor, Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates, UG course, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

A.Y. 2020/21, Sem. 2: Tutor, International Political Economy, PG course, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

A.Y. 2020/21, Sem. 1: Tutor, International Political Economy, Hons. course, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

A.Y. 2019/20, Sem. 1: Second Marker, postgraduate course "Introduction to Systematic Reviews", Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

30th May 2019: Guest lecturer, undergradute course "East Asian Cooperation Studies", China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China.


Work experience

March 2021-July 2021: Research Assistant to Dr Julia Calvert.

January 2019-July 2019: Research experience at the Italian Embassy in China (Master's thesis cosupervised by the Embassy), Beijing, China.

September 2016-December 2016: Intern, Italian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.

July 2016: Legal intern, FCB Castelo Branco, Lisbon, Portugal.

July 2015: Legal intern, Chiriţă şi asociaţii, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

July 2014: Legal intern, SG&CO PRC LAWYERS, Shanghai, China.


Other courses and projects

12th-15th July 2021: ECPR SGIR Summer School "International Relations in a Post-Hegemonic World", University of Antwerp (Online). 

May 2021-June 2021: PhD as Change agents, in cooperation with IPPR ScotlandHow can we involve communities in inclusive growth post Covid-19?, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2019-2020: SPS Edinburgh Award, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

26th-30th August 2019: ECPR Summer School “Democratic Innovations in Europe and in the EU”, Université Saint-Louis de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain & the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium.

August 2016: Summer School "European Company Law", London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

21st-28th July 2013: Summer School "Human Rights and Globalization", the European Law Students Association (ELSA), Zadar, Croatia.



UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2021 Research Funding for Delegates. 

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2019 grant.

LUISS Scholarship for International mobility, a.y. 2018/19.

International Students Scholarship for China Foreign Affairs University – Social Activity Award for International Students, 12/2018.

Scholarship for conducting research abroad – LUISS Guido Carli, 01/06/2017.

Erasmus+ Scholarship, a.y. 2014/15.



Expert, Inclusive Policy Lab, UNESCO. 

The academic association for contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Italian Political Science Association (SISP).

Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)

Research interests

Research interests

EU external relations, European Union, China, EU-China, World Trade Organization, International Trade, foreign investment, Dispute Resolution, International Relations, International Political Economy, China and East Asia, ideas and foreign policy, International Law & International Relations, European Union Law, international dispute settlement