The Irpa (Istituto di ricerche  sulla pubblica amministrazione Institute for research on public administration) is a non profit organization, founded in 2004 by Sabino Cassese and other professors of administrative law, which promotes advanced studies and research in the fields of public law and public administration.

The Institute is registered in the register of legal persons of the Prefecture – UTG Rome under Presidential Decree February 10, 2000, n. 361 (No. 854/2012, 20 March 2012).


The Irpa promotes research and training in a field traditionally focused on issues of state dimension, which, given the tight relations by the government in the field of ultrastatale , requires a more extensive perspective of study. This perspective is essential to analyze the tools used by the public authorities to intervene in markets characterized by an increasing level of integration. The post-graduate training is aimed at researchers (PhD students or holders of scholarships) and public officials. The Institute organizes training courses and advanced courses in administrative law, public law and administrative sciences and is available to receive, at its headquarters, the activity of university masters.

The research activities are carried out through study groups, also in collaboration with other national and foreign universities; its results can be mainly observed in the development and publication of scientific contributions, scientific meetings, conferences of Italian and foreign scholars, study meetings of informal nature. The Irpa conducted a survey for the “Compagnia San Paolo” on the staff offices of political bodies, and with the Institute for Industrial Promotion for a work on the Ministry of Productive Activities in the new order of public powers. The Institute also started collaborations with Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Alessandria, Fondazione di Venezia and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Roma, as well as the implementation of research involving international standards for financial services and international networks of financial regulators.


Among the initiatives promoted by the Institute, the seminars on “Global Administrative Law” deserve particular attention. Annually organized from 2005, they take place at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Tuscia (Viterbo GAL Seminars). In 2012, they took place in Rome, at the Italian Aspen Institute The seminars are dedicated to the comparison of research in the field of global administrative law carried out in cooperation with the Global Administrative Law Project at the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law. 


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Collaborations: Asia Link Project on Public Procurement – Fondazione Adriano OlivettiEuropean Public Law OrganizationNew York University School of Law The Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ)The Global Administrative Law ProjectThe Hauser Global Law School ProgramSciences Po (Paris) – La Chaire Mutations de L’Action Publique et du Droit Public (MADP).