Born in Parma in August 1941, he graduated in Law, magna cum laude from the University of Milan in 1964 and was admitted to the bar in 1966. He has been a full professor and lecturer of administrative law in the Law Faculty of the University of Milan since 1975. President of the Association of Administrative Procedure Scholars and editor of the law review “Diritto processuale amministrativo” (“Administrative Procedure”). Author of many articles and essays, the most notable of which are the collection entitled “Problemi attuali della giurisdizione amministrativa” (“Current issues in Administrative Jurisdiction”), published in 2009, and a section of a renowned university textbook, dedicated to administrative acts, comprised of four monographs, the last of which, written in 1999, now in its sixth edition, is specifically dedicated to public services and their current management models. He also edited the draft of the anthology “L’appalto di opere pubbliche” (“Public Works Procurement”), published in 2014 by CEDAM in Padua, personally writing the chapter on the regulation of anomalous bids.
Recently published: in 2017, “Scritti di giustizia amministrativa” (“Writings on Administrative Justice”) and, in 2018, “Scritti in tema di questioni di giurisdizione. Tra giudice ordinario e giudice amministrativo” (“Writings on Jurisdiction. Between Civil and Administrative Jurisdiction”).
Having contributed to the drafting of various bills concerning local public services, he has given lectures at numerous conventions and Master’s courses, among which, stand out those regarding administrative procedure, public procurement and project financing. He was part of the Commission appointed with drafting the text of the Legislative Decree for the Reform of the Administrative Process.
Alongside his regular judicial practice, Professor Villata is also President or Member of Arbitration Panels in public-law litigations and counsel and proponent in proceedings before Independent Authorities. Former scientific director of the “Centro di studi sulla giustizia” (“Centre for Legal Studies”) at the Law School of the University of Milan. In 2011 he received the Sorrentino Prize as a “distinguished scholar in Administrative Law”.
He was appointed Professor Emeritus at the University of Milan.
Chambers Europe and Legal 500 regard him as one of Italy’s leading lawyers in the field of Administrative Law.

Foreign language: French