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Anna Chimenti (born 6 June 1962, Rome) is an Italian professor of Public Law.

She is full professor of Public Law and has taught at the University of Foggia and at Sapienza University in Rome.

Chimenti is married to Italian journalist Marcello Sorgi and has two children, Antonio and Gregorio. She is a member of the Italian bar enrolled on the special register for university professors. In 1986, She obtained her law degree from Sapienza University, with a dissertation in Public Law on the subject of “Referendum and the system of parliamentary government.” After obtaining a PhD at Sapienza, Chimenti became a researcher in the same institution in 1994.

In 2003, she was called to hold a series of seminars at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg at the chair of Droit Public – Prof. Eric Maulin; she also became a consultant of the Italian Ministry of Justice. The following year, she became extraordinary professor of Public Law at the University of Foggia. In 2005, she was visiting scholar at Princeton University and Georgetown University.

Between 2005 and 2007, Chimenti was responsible for liaising with the Italian Parliament on behalf of the University of Foggia and was also a Member of the Superior Council of Communications (Consiglio Superiore delle Comunicazioni). In 2009, she was appointed as a member of the Public Investment Assessment Group (Nucleo di Valutazione e verifica degli investimenti pubblici) of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In the two-year period 2009-10, she was Resident Research Fellow of the Economic and Social Cohesion Laboratory (Esoclab) at the London School of Economics.

Chimenti’s main publications are “La storia del Referendum” (Bari, Laterza, 1993), “Informazione e Televisione, la libertà e la vigilanza” (Bari, Laterza, 2000), “La teoria gradualistica del diritto, confronto con le idee e le istituzioni del diritto positivo francese” (translation and presentation of the work), in “Civiltà del diritto” (Milan, Giuffrè, 2003), and “Il Papa in Parlamento” in “Giovanni Paolo II, Le vie della giustizia” by A. Loiodice and M. Vari.

She was a columnist of the Italian weekly “Espresso” from 1999 to 2000, and of the magazine “Panorama” on information and television broadcasting from 2001 to 2003. She has also written about constitutional affairs for the daily “Il Riformista”. Between 1987 and 1994 she was a consultant at Mediaset, and between 2003 and 2004 she was legal consultant to the President of RAI (Italy’s national public broadcasting company).

On 28 October 2010, Chimenti was appointed by the Minister for University and Research to work as an advisor on the analysis and the study of European models of academic excellence in higher education. In 2013, she was appointed by the Letta government as a member of the working party responsible for drafting a reform proposal of the Italian Constitution.

Since 4 February 2014, Chimenti has been an attaché at the Italian Embassy in London. She is responsible for judicial and cultural affairs. She follows closely the debate on constitutional reform and referendum by monitoring UK-based think tanks.