Professor Gianmaria Ajani was appointed Rector of the University of Torino in October 2013 for a six-year term. After graduating with honours in Law at the University of Torino in 1982, he worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Trento from 1987 to 1996 and was then appointed Director of the Department of Law from 1990 to 1996. At the University of Torino, Gianmaria Ajani is Professor of Law and holds the chairs of Comparative Legal Systems, International Law & Contracts and Chinese Law. He served as Director of the Department of Juridical Science from 1998 to 2004, Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2009 to 2013 and Director of the Department of Law from 2012 to 2013. He worked as a Visiting Scholar in Moskow and Leiden, and as a Visiting Professor in Berkeley, Fribourg, Zhongnan and Georgetown. Professor Ajani served as a legal expert for the Sacharov Foundation Initiative to advise the USSR Government on legal reforms, as a consultant to the IMF- International Monetary Fund and the Council of Europe on the project of recodification of civil law in Albania. He served also as a member of a team of three experts called by the OSCE- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to facilitate dialogue between the Ukrainian Central Government and the Crimean Authorities, as a participant in a EC/TACIS project and as an expert for a UNDP project on the training of National Assembly officials in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is author of numerous papers for national and international scientific journals.