Dr Andrew Cecchinato

Dr Andrew Cecchinato


JD (University of Trento), PhD (University of Trento) – Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Contact Details
E-mail: ac355@st-andrews.ac.uk


Current Research Interests

I am a Research Fellow in Legal History, currently working on the Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law research project lead by Prof. John Hudson. My research focuses primarily on the relevance of the common scientific heritage of European jurisprudence in William Blackstone’s construction of a scientific understanding of English Law.

Brief Biography

I have a first-class honour degree in Law and a PhD (cum laude) in ‘Comparative and European Legal Studies – History of Roman Law and European Legal Thought Curriculum’ from the University of Trento.

I wrote my doctoral dissertation on The Legal Education of Thomas Jefferson under the supervision of prof. Diego Quaglioni. This body of work investigates the authoritative foundations of Jefferson’s constitutionalism, as well as his revolutionary effort to digest the American political experience according to the scientific legacy of European jurisprudence.

Fellowships and Visiting Researcher Experiences

I have been a Visiting Fellow at the Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies, as well as a Visiting Researcher at the Library of Congress, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the Robbins Collection in Civil and Religious Law at the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Cecchinato, A., Madison, James (1751-1836), in Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, edited by Gordon Martel, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, forthcoming. 

Conference and Seminar Papers

  • April 2017: The Crisis of Social Organizations and Democratic Institutions, paper co-authored with Chiara Cristofolini (University of Trento) for the International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College, London.
  • July 2015: A Few Observations on the Markings Inscribed in Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of ‘Les Six Livres de la Republique’, paper presented during the Fellow Talk at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, VA.
  • March 2015: Between Transiance and Perpetuity: The Living Generation as Usufructuary of Popular Sovereignty in Thomas Jefferson’s Constitutionalism, paper presented during the XXI Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University.
  • January 2012: he Legal Education of Thomas Jefferson, paper presented at the international seminar chaired by Michael Thaler and Diego Quaglioni, Universität Salzburg.


Main Publications