Giacomo OBERTO


Dr. Giacomo Oberto was born in Savigliano (Italy) in 1956 and graduated summa cum laude at the Law Faculty of the Turin (Torino) University in 1980.  He is a Family Law scholar and since 1980 he has been conducting studies and research in several fields of Private Law. He is an author of several books dealing with topics related to Italian Family Law, as well as more than three hundred and sixty articles and studies (in Italian, French, English and German) devoted to Family Law, Private Law, Comparative Law, Civil Procedure and the Judicial System.


He was admitted to the Turin Bar in 1982; the following year he passed the competitive examination in Rome to become a judge, where he was ranked first in the national applicant list. He has been a judge at the Civil Court of Turin since 1984, where he has been dealing with civil and commercial law cases. In 1988 he received a doctorate in private law. In 1997 he became a judge of the Court of Appeal and in 2004 a judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation. On 30th June, 2023 he retired on grounds of age.


Between 1980 and 1992 he was a voluntary assistant lecturer at the Turin Faculty of Law. Between 1988 and 1991 he was appointed to an adjunct professorship in civil law by the Faculty of Economy of the Turin University. In 1992 and until 2017 he was appointed every year by the Turin Faculty of Law to an adjunct professorship in civil law. Between 1994 and 1996 he was involved in organising legal (initial and continuous) training of judges within the framework of the Italian High Council for the Judiciary in Rome. From 2001 to 2009 he has been member of the Steering Committee of the Turin School of Specialisation for Legal Professions. In 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 he was appointed as adjunct professor of Family Law by the Department of Law of the Alma Mater Studiorum – Bologna University.


In 1991 Dr. Giacomo Oberto was appointed as the Italian delegate to the 2nd Study Commission of the International Association of Judges. From 1994 to 2012 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the International Association of Judges (I.A.J.).  On 14 November 2012 he was elected as Secretary-General of the I.A.J. This appointment has been renewed until now.


He has taken part, since 1995, as an expert of the Council of Europe, in many of the activities in the field of legal co-operation and advice with the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In 2009 he was appointed as a member of the Commission charged to draft the Recommendation CM/Rec (2010) 12 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on Judges: Independence, Efficiency and Responsibilities.


Since 2007 he has been a member of the “SATURN Steering Committee” of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe. On 2 March 2017 he was elected President of the above mentioned “SATURN Steering Committee.” This appointment has been renewed until today.


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