Commissioner of the Italian Competition Authority since 8th March 2016.
Michele Ainis was born in Messina, in 1955. He is full professor of Public Law Institutions at the Roma Tre University. He previously taught at the Universities of Messina, «La Sapienza» in Rome, Teramo. From 2003 to 2006 he was on the board of governors of the Italian Association of Constitutionalists; he coordinated a PhD on the «Protection of fundamental rights» from 1996 to 2005; and from 2001 to 2005 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Teramo. Among his current commitments, he is on the advisory board of various law journals, and co-editor of «Rassegna parlamentare».
He has participated in various Ministerial Commissions, among which (in 2013) the Commission for constitutional reforms established by the Presidency of the Council. From 1998 to 2016 he coordinated the «Scuola di scienza e tecnica della legislazione» at the Istituto per gli studi legislativi. In 1998 he started an intense activity as columnist for «Stampa» and «Sole 24 Ore», then for «Corriere della sera» and «Espresso». He is author of 21 monographs (the most recent: «La piccola eguaglianza», Einaudi 2015, and «L’umor nero», Bompiani 2015), 130 articles published in law journals, codes, dictionaries, miscellaneous volumes published with his editorship.
He has received many acknowledgements, among which: the «Egidio Tosato Award» for young scholars of constitutional law (1990); the «Culture Award» of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (1991); two awards for the «Book of the Year in Jurisprudence» (1997 and 2004); the «Jurist of the Year Award» conferred by the European Law Students’ Association (1999); the «Borsellino Award» (2012); finalist at the «Estense Award» (2015); special mentioning at the «Montecitorio Award» (2015).