Walter Bruno

Walter Bruno


Walter Bruno is a Research Fellow at the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

In 2020 he obtained a five-year Law degree (LLM, summa cum laude) at the University of Trento, Italy, with a particular focus on comparative law. He mainly explored European procedural law and the protection of fundamental rights in Europe, also during his Erasmus+ exchange at the University of Montpellier, France. After a further research visit at the Institute of European Law of Human Rights in Montpellier, he successfully defended his thesis about the role of national judiciaries in balancing fundamental rights in Europe. In 2020 as a postgraduate, he joined the College of Europe in Bruges for an LLM in European Legal Studies, broadening his knowledge of EU law and his expertise in the Court of Justice and EU litigation law, with a thesis about the preliminary reference procedure and the borders of the jurisdiction of the ECJ.

In 2021 he joined the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, conducting a PhD about strategic litigation in Europe under the supervision of Prof. B. Hess at the University of Luxembourg. His research aims to give a legal framework of strategic litigation from a judicial point of view across sectors, law domains and legal systems. This frame is a key for understanding the role this practice can have in European courts and how to approach it.

His research interests include judicial and litigation aspects of EU and ECHR law, protection of fundamental rights, the rule of law, international and EU environmental law and policies, data protection and AI legal issues.