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Visiting Fellow Profile

Michel Martone

Michel MartoneName: Michel Martone
Country of Origin: Italy
Visiting Period: August – December 2013
Faculty Sponsor: David Lipsky

Background and Previous Experience:  

Michel Martone is a professor of Industrial Relations and Labor Law at the Italian National School of Government and is part of the law faculty at Teramo University in Italy. He is a visiting professor of Labor Law at the Law School at L.U.I.S.S. Guido Carli University in Rome where he also teaches Management Policies and Social Conflict Management within the School of Government. As a registered barrister in the Court of Rome, Martone launched Martone & Martone in 2009, a law firm he founded with his brother, Thomas Martone.

From November 2011 through April 2013, Martone served as Deputy Minister for Labor and Welfare for the Italian government led by Prime Minister Mario Monti. As a senior official in the Italian government, Martone was responsible for a significant piece of the reform agenda, specifically focused on the pension system and the labor market system. He has represented the Italian government in several important negotiations that took place in 2012 including “Sulcis crisis” in Sardenia, “Ilva crisis” in Apulia, “FIAT crisis,” as well as the national negotiations regarding the collective bargaining agreement for the country’s public transportation sector.

Martone was selected as one of Europe’s 40 under 40 Young Leaders and was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for 2013. He is a former Aspen Fellow from the Aspen Institute of Italy and was selected to participate at the Aspen Seminar for Leaders in the U.S.

As a professor who is always involving and encouraging his students into active academic and civic life, Martone, with his students, has successfully launched two initiatives including an association (Itaca) and a social networking site ( He is a widely published author and has contributed articles to the following publications: Il Sole 24 Ore, the Huffington Post, and Aspenia. He has also written for Il Riformista and Il Messaggero.

After two years of serving as Deputy Minister for Labor and Welfare, Martone decided to return to academics. He has spent the last few months conducting research in countries that are facing growth and crisis, including Brazil, Burma, Greece, England, and the U.S.

Current Research at ILR:

Martone’s main field of study includes youth unemployment, labor markets, industrial relations, generational selfishness, the millennial generation and the reforming of the welfare system in an aging society. While at ILR, he is interested in learning more about the practical application of negotiation and dispute resolution and applying this kind of practical teaching method in his classroom when he returns to Italy. His interest in ILR comes from the School’s interdisciplinary approach to different disciplines including labor relations and international relations. He appreciates the School’s international environment where one is able to discuss a variety of topics and learn from different perspectives. 

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- Michel Martone