Giovanni Damele

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, IFL, FCSH-UNL   |   Go to Website 

Academic Degrees

PhD (Università degli Studi di Torino, 2006).
MA (Università degli Studi di Torino, 2000).


Research Interests

Philosophy of law; philosophy of politics; modern and contemporary history; history of political thought; law and literature; argumentation theory; rhetoric.


Current research projects

Legal argumentation: an eclectic approach (SFRH/BPD/68305/2010) – FCT-funded individual post-doctoral project.

Argumentation, Communication and Context (PTDC/FIL–FIL/10117/2009) – FCT-funded institutional project in ArgLab. 


Latest Publications


Articles in Peer Review Journal

  • Damele, G. (2014). As origens não são (apenas) um mito. O “argumento psicológico”: entre a letra da lei e a vontade do legislador. In “O direito”, IV, 2014, pp. 945-960
  • Damele, G. (2014). Notas sobre o papel da retórica nas teorias da argumentação jurídica. In “Revista Brasileira de Filosofia”, vol. 240, pp. 222-238
  • Damele, G. (2014). Uma resposta dialétic. In “Revista Brasileira de Filosofia”, vol. 240, pp. 244-248
  • Damele, G. (2014). La teoria elsteriana dei dibattiti costituenti alla prova. In “Diritto Pubblico” 1/2014, pp. 137-166
  • Damele, G. (2014). La ruche: une “métaphore vive” du discours politique. In “Philosophy Today”, Vol. 58:4 (Fall 2014), p. 679-695

Book Chapters

  • Macagno, F. & Damele, G. (2015). The Hidden Acts of Definition, in M. Araszkiewicz, K. Pleszka (eds.), Logic in the Theory and Practice of Lawmaking, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 225-251
  • ​Damele, G. & Pallante, F. (2014). A proteção multinivel dos direitos. Quantidade é sinónimo de qualidade? in A. Marques, P. Barcelos (eds.), Direitos Fundamentais e Soberania na Europa. História e Atualidade, Coloquia, Lisboa, pp. 247-274 -available here
  • Damele, G. (2014). Analogia Legis and Analogia Iuris: An Overview from a Rhetorical Perspective, in H. Jales Ribeiro [ed.], Systematic Approaches to Argument by Analogy, Springer, Dordrecht
  • Damele, G. (2013). Legal Certainty in Europe. The Legal Pluralism and the Argumentative Practices of the European Court of Justice, in G. De Angelis, P. Barcelos (eds.), The Charter of Fundamental Rights: Its Implementation and Political Meaning, Ten Years Later, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, pp. 157-172.
  • Damele, G. (2013). Liturgie processuali a confronto: rito accusatorio e rito inquisitorio come paradigmi spettacolari, in G. Vitiello (ed.), In nome della legge. La giustizia nel cinema italiano, Rubettino, Soveria Mannelli, pp. 35-48.

Conference Proceedings

  • (2015) “The Bearable Ambiguity of the Constitutional Text – Arguing, Bargaining and Persuading in the Italian Constituent Assembly”, 1st European Conference on Argumentation: “Argumentation and Reasoned Action”, Lisbon, Portugal 9-12 June
  • (2015) “Argumentation, negotiation and persuasion in constitution-making processes”, International Conference “Building Consensus. Rhetoric between Democracy and Conflict”, Palermo, April 15-18. With F. Pallante.
  • (2014) Invited speaker. “The a simili  argument as a rhetorical device”, 1st International Workshop for Methodologies for Research on Legal Argumentation (MET-ARG). Kraków, Poland, December 10.
  • (2013) “Analogia legis  and analogia iuris : A comparison from a rhetorical perspective”, International Colloquium “The Role of Analogy in Argumentative Discourse”, Coimbra, May 3-4
  • (2012). “The dialogical force of implicit premises. Presumptions in legal enthymemes”. International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law (Brno 25 October). With F. Magagno.


See full CV here


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa