Visiting Associate Professor
Dr Andrea Tosato is an Associate Professor in Commercial Law at the School of Law of the University of Nottingham and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He read Law at the University of Pavia (Italy) before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, receiving his LLM in 2008. He subsequently returned to the University of Pavia, obtaining his PhD in 2010.
Dr Tosato is a leading private law scholar with internationally recognized expertise in the intersection between commercial law and new technologies. In the USA, he serves as the Associate Research Director of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code; he is also the Chair of the Sub-Committee for UCC and Emerging Technologies of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. In the United Kingdom, he has advised the Law Commission of England & Wales. Internationally, he regularly serves as an expert advisor to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws (UNCITRAL) and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).
At present, Dr Tosato is engaged in several international legislative reform projects dealing with the impact of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies on commercial law. In the USA, he was a key contributor to the ULC/ALI Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies Committee that drafted the 2022 Amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code and Article 12. He is also a member of the ULC Committee working on the enactment of these new laws across the United States. At Unidroit, he is a member of the Drafting Committee of Unidroit Working Group on Digital Assets and Private Law and a member of the Unidroit Working Group developing a Model Law on Warehouse Receipts.
Dr Tosato’s research has been published in leading law journals and has received international awards. In Europe, his articles have appeared in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the European Law Journal, and the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. In the USA, his articles have been published in Law & Contemporary Problems, the Arizona State Law Journal, the Fordham Law Review, and the Hastings Law Journal. Notably, his recent paper The Private Law of Stablecoins (with Kara Bruce and Christopher Odinet) was awarded the Grant Gilmore Award of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers in recognition of “superior writing in the field of commercial finance law”.