Mr Mario Melillo was born on 11th May 1965 and graduated in Law cum laude at “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 1989, with thesis on civil procedure under the supervision of Professor Elio Fazzalari.
He was admitted to the Italian Bar on 17th November 1992 and since 1997 he has joined Lana Lagostena Bassi – Law Firm, where he has served as Senior Partner since 2000. He focuses on Family Law, Protection of Minors and Health Law. He has dedicated his extensive expertise to cases of legal separation and divorce, concerning both domestic and cross border matters.
With regard to Juvenile Law, he has conducted significant cases regarding international adoption, child abduction (with application of the Hague Convention of 1980), as well as citizenship of children adopted abroad. Moreover, Mr Melillo deals with the protection of foreigners, focusing on the granting of political asylum, and the recognition of refugee status and statelessness. In this field, he has lectured in several seminars.
In regard to domestic law, he assists clients on disputes relating to patients’ rights, protection of motherhood and compensation for damage caused by medical malpractice.
On 15th June 1991, he obtained the diploma of the Institutional Course of European Law, organised by the Italian European Lawyers in cooperation with the Board of the Bar of Rome.
From 1989 to 1998, he collaborated with the faculty of Civil Procedural Law, at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, alongside Professor Elio Fazzalari.
He is a member of the editorial staff of “I diritti dell’uomo – cronache e battaglie” journal and regularly contributes to several legal journals.
He is member of the Executive board of the Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani (UFTDU).
He is a lecturer on judicial protection of asylum seekers at the course “Asylum and Human Rights in Europe”, organised by the CIR, the Council of Europe and UNHCR.
He often is invited as a speaker in seminars and conferences regarding family law, protection of minors, health law and immigration law.
He is a professional mediator and has worked as secretary in arbitral procedures.
Since 2016, he holds the position of UFTDU’s Secretary-General.