The Italian Republic is a unitary parliamentary republic. It covers an area of 301,338 sq kms and with 61 million inhabitants it is the fourth most populous EU member state. Italy is located in the Mediterranean Sea and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and the Vatican City.

Italy is a founding member of the EU. The country is a member of numerous international organisations, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE and the WTO.

Italian law is a civil law system based on Roman law, and on French Napoleonic law.

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How to practise in Italy

By Julie Mamou

Find out all you need to know about practising in Italy

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Fourth International Lawyers Forum

The President of the Law Society attended the Fourth International Lawyers Forum in April 2019

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BILA annual gala dinner - 26 January 2018

Join the British-Italian Law Association for its annual gala dinner at the Law Society in London.

CCBE newsletter - October

The 66th CCBE newsletter is out - read more about the following topics:

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How to verify a European lawyer?

Use the European e-justice portal to find or identify lawyers from the EU and the EEA

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Brexit and the legal services sector in the EU

An overview of the UK legal service sector in the current European market place and potential changes post-Brexit

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Meeting of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Standing Committee meeting was held on 29 March 2019

Join us at The Law Society January 25 for the British Italian Law Association Annual Dinner

The formal Annual Dinner for 2019 will be held at the Law Society113 Chancery Lane,London WC2A 1PL -  Friday 25 January 2019 18:45


Reform of the Italian civil justice system: presentation from the Italian Minister of Justice

The Law Society is hosting Minister Andrea Orlando on Monday 13 July to discuss the reform of the Italian civil justice system.

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Legal life in... Italy


Giuseppe Gaglione, founding partner of Studio Legale Internazionale Gaglione, shares his views on legal life in Italy.

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Your contacts for this region are Alex Storer and Eleanor Farrow

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International Policy Adviser: Europe

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International Policy Assistant: Europe and the CIS