Papadopoulou Lefkothea
Poto Margherita Paola, PhD
Post Doc at the JCLOS

University of Tromso
Tromso, Norway




Master Degree

European Public Law Centre, Athens, Greece



The University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy



Margherita Paola Poto is currently involved in a three-year Post-Doctoral Project at the University of Tromsø/K.G. Jebsen Center for the Law of the Sea, Tromsø, Norway (2016-2019). She has completed her PhD in Public Law from the University of Pavia in 2006 and her Postdoctoral studies from the MPIL in Heidelberg and the Wageningen University, NL (2009-2010). She has a lecturing experience in multidisciplinary backgrounds to a diversified target audience in both national and international universities, institutions and research institutes (in Asia, Europe and in Africa). She was appointed as external consultant and senior lecturer in Public Procurement and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Egypt; Tanzania.

Research Interest

  • Comparative Administrative Law, Environmental law, Food safety, Regulatory issues on the integration of Conventional and Traditional medicine, European standards, Non EU countries (related topics: comparative law, Chinese law, Eastern African legal systems, Nanotechnologies and food sciences)
  • Global administrative law (interaction between International Law, European and National Law)
  • Ethics in Public Procurement (International and National Law)
  • Financial supervision in European market (Regulatory frameworks, legal dynamics, sociological studies on the role of independent administrative authorities)


Scientific Activities:

Teaching Experience


Postdoc Researcher, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway


Associate Professor in Administrative Law, University of Turin, Italy


Assistant Professor in Administrative Law, University of Turin, Italy


Lecturer, University of Strategic Sciences, Turin
Lecturer, University of Turin, Italy

Professional Activities and Honors & Awards


Attorney: Special Section Teachers Full Time


Register Order Professional Lawyers Torino


Best thesis award European Public Law Centre, Legrena, Greece


Academic Excellence Scholarship European Public Law Centre, Athens, Greece


Post Doc-Scholarship DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst- German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn)


Two-year scholarship for meritiScuola of Specialization for the Legal Professions, Kingdom


PremioOptime, Excellent University Degree and Excellent University Career, Unione Industriale, Torino



  1. Eva Lohse/Margherita Poto (eds.), Best practices for the protection of water in times of crisis. Focus on participatory instruments in environmental law and policies, Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, Berlin 2017.
  2. The Second Pillar of the Aarhus Convention, in R. Caranta, A. Gerbrandy, The Making of a New European Legal Culture. The Making of a New European Legal Prevalence of a single model, or cross-fertilisation of national legal traditions? The Aarhus Convention, forthcoming Europa Publishing, Groningen, 2017, 25 pp.
  3. Towards good administration: A Comparative Assessment on Sustainable Energy Investments in Europe and China, in P. Farah, P. Rossi (ed. by), “How to Foster Sustainable Energy Investments and the Protection of the Environment”, forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2017, 20 pp.
  4. L. Polackova, M. Poto, Responses to Food Waste in a Sharing Economy, submitted to Revista de Direito de Cidade, 2017.
  5. M. Poto, Participatory engagement and the empowerment of the Arctic indigenous peoples, Environmental Law Review, 2017.
  6. M. Poto, Participatory rights of indigenous peoples: the virtuous example of the Arctic region, Environmental Law and Management, ELM, 2016, 28, pp.1-9.
  7. M. Poto, Le politiche di sostegno all’agricoltura come strumento di integrazione organizzativa europea, in Diritto e Giurisprudenza Agraria Alimentare e dell’Ambiente, Numero 5, 2016.
  8. L. Fornabaio, M. Poto, Science and Civic Engagement in the Food Sector: How to Reshape Risk Analysis into a more Transparent Toolbox, EFFL, 6/2016, 315-323.
  9. M. Poto, S. Wang, Integrated Approach of Conventional Medicine and Complementary Alternative Medicine. Background Information and Future Directions at International, European and National Level, in European Journal of Health Law, 2016, Brill, ISSN 0929-0273/E-ISSN 1571-8093.
  10. L. Fornabaio, M. Poto, The food sustainability challenge: a web of mindful individuals can make a critical difference to the development of sustainable food policies, in Revista de Direito de Cidade, February, 2016, ISSN 2317-7721.
  11. M. Poto, Regulation in China through the lens of the European Model, in Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Wolters Kluwer, Vol. 18,2015 (accepted after double blind peer review), pp. 69-89.
  12. La sicurezza alimentare in Cina, tra globalizzazione e tradizione, in Quaderno, Camera di Commercio italiana in Cina, Italy-China Chamber of Commerce, Dicembre, 2013.
  13. M. Poto, The challenge of regulatory systems in food law: European and Chinese perspectives, in Journal on Law and Social Sciences (JLSS - Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861), 2012.
  14. M. Poto, Looking beyond the borders: Integrating best practices in benefit-risk analysis into the field of food and nutrition, in M. J. TIJHUIS (cur. by), Integrating Benefit-Risk Analysis in Food and Nutrition: learning from other disciplines, Food and Chemicals Toxicology, Elsevier, 2012, pp.78-94.
  15. M. Poto, The System of Financial Supervision in Europe –Origin, Developments and Risk of Overruling, EJRR, 4, 2011, pp. 491-504.
  16. M. Poto, Food and nano-food within the Chinese regulatory system: no need to have overregulation. Less physicality can produce more power, in EJLT, Special Issue on Nanotechnologies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, 2011, pp. 1-16.
  17. M. Poto, Food Law under the Rising Sun. The Japanese perspective, EFFL, 2010, f. 4, 227.
  18. Pallotti, M. Poto, Local democracy: the European and the African compliance with the Millennium Development Goals, in the Journal of African and International Law, Vol. 3, I issue, 2010.
  19. F. Pavoni, M. Poto, Hong Kong: “un elevato livello di autonomia”? Il caso della sicurezza alimentare, in Resp. civ. Prev., 2009, 534.
  20. Un documento dell'ONU sulla democrazia partecipativa, in Riv. Trim dir. proc. amm., 2009, f. 2.
  21. F. Pavoni, M. Poto, Food Safety is peeping from the Chinese Corner, in EFFL, 2009, f. 6, p. 420.
  22. Compliance with Financial Supervisory International Standards: A Comparative Study between EU and Africa, in Journal of African and International Law, III Issue, 2008, p. 38-58.
  23. Regulations on Food Safety and the Role of African Actors in the Global Arena, in Journal of African and International Law, 2008, Vol. 1, 1, pp. 107-130.
  24. Democratic aspirations in Europe, in European Journal of Law Reform, 2008, vol. X, issue 1, pp. 51-73.
  25. Democracy and Europe: new times, old dilemmas, in European Public Law Journal, vol. 13 (4), 2007.
  26. G. Parola, M. Poto, La Consob: l’AMF italienne? Création, développement et réformes de l’Autorité italienne des marchés financiers, in Gazette du Palais, 21 Sept. 2007, f. 264/265, 11.