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Bernando Sordi

Bernardo Sordi (Pistoia – Italy -, 1957) teaches History of law at the School of Law of the University of Florence, where he is the Director of the Centre for the history of modern legal thought, set up in 1971, largely through the initiative of Paolo Grossi. He is member of the editorial board of the review Quaderni fiorentini, produced by the Centre and now on the Web ( at the page ‘Quaderni on line’) and coordinator of the PHD program in “Global law: history and theory”, related to the ‘Centre’ in cooperation with SUM (Italian Institute for human Sciences) and the Department of Law, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. His research interests concern constitutional and administrative history in the modern and contemporary age. Visiting professor in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and in Frankfurt (Max Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte). His records of publications (over 60) includes: Giustizia e amministrazione nell'Italia liberale. La formazione della nozione di interesse legittimo, Milan, Giuffrè, 1985, Tra Weimar e Vienna. Amministrazione pubblica e teoria giuridica nel primo dopoguerra, Milan, Giuffrè, 1987, L'amministrazione illuminata. Riforma delle comunità e progetti di costituzione nella Toscana leopoldina, Milan, Giuffrè, 1991, Storia del diritto amministrativo (with Luca Mannori), Bari, Laterza, 2001; 3^ ed.2004