Amedeo Carrocci Professor of Law and Counselor at Law SLC “CARROCCI e Partners”. Frosinone Area, Italy
Amedeo Carrocci was born in 1968 in Pontecorvo (Fr). His father Ferdinand Peter Paul, is a lawyer, and his mother, Emilia Antonucci, a teacher of Classics. The family name is an ancient one and comes from the medieval Latin “corochium”. This was a sacred, military wagon used in the wars of that period. The wagon was prominent throughout towns in the Middle Ages and symbolised freedom. It was pulled by oxen, decked with signs and banners and contained an altar and bells. It was always guarded by hand-picked militia. Before a battle a priest would celebrate Mass from the wagon. During the fighting, it welcomed the wounded as is attested by a 13th Century document which can be found at the historical abbey of Montecassino (one of the largest medieval archives in the world). In fact, the town of Pontecorvo was within the papal enclave of the Kingdom of Naples and, historically under papal rule. He has enjoyed a markedly catholic education.
Amedeo comes from a long line of distinguished lawyers including, amongst others, his Uncle Franco Trotta who was the President of the Supreme Court and his great-grandfather who was a professor at the University of Naples and coined the slogan “death to death” during a campaign aimed at the abolition of the death penalty which was in force at that time. Amedeo Carrocci senior, the grandfather of Amedeo was an officer of the 4th Cavalry Genoa, fighting in Macedonia and Greece and was greatly appreciated by the local people for the respect he ensured his soldiers gave to the populace. At his home, evidence of this can be found in the gifts given to him in gratitude by a Macedonian Pope for protecting the local women. Moreover, he was a popular poet with a national reputation, composing poems for more than half a century.
Amedeo Carrocci attended the grammar school “Giosué Carducci”. He took part in the international Latin language competition, the “Certamen Ciceronianum Arpinas” named after Marcus Tullius Cicero. The Certamen is a competition of Latin translation and commentary on a text of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Open to students enrolled in the final year of high school throughout the world, the Certamen takes place every year in Arpino (Fr), Italy, in the month of May. The event was founded in 1980 by the dean of the Tulliano High School, Prof. Ugo Quadrini, who thanks to his assiduous commitment, quickly gave the Certamen an international dimension.
After graduating high school, in 1988 he undertook military service, taking an oath of loyalty to the homeland and then becoming a gunner in the regiment “Grenadiers of Sardinia” stationed at Bracciano (Rome).
After leaving the army, he enrolled at the State University “Gabriele D’Annunzio” University, Faculty of Law (This faculty is ranked among the top ten in Italy: The Law Faculty is ranked in fifth place, while Political Science is fourth, and veterinary medicine in seventh. The development strategy of the university over the years has enhanced those students who chose one of the two major study areas : the legal-political – communicative and agricultural -biological- veterinary). In 1992 he graduated with the highest honours. His thesis in aeronautical and aerospace law entitled “The bilateral nature of agreements in international air traffic between ICAO Contracting States” was prepared while residing in France and while he had access to the archives of the library of the European Union in Strasbourg.
During his university years he also attended the School of Photography in Teramo, run by the master Dino Di Patre, and has received various awards, and set up several solo photographic exhibitions for public administrations. His passion of photography and art will remain as something that continues to grow throughout his life; he is a supporting member of the TAU Visual, the national association of professional photographers based in Milan.
In the years 1992-1994 he attended, the Lazio School of Forensics in Rome, specializing in criminal law and criminal procedure and passing the state exam to become a lawyer.
Having undergone extensive professional practice as a lawyer, Amedeo Carrocci has worked closely with the Chair of General Theory of Law of the State University “Gabriele D’Annunzio” helping the distinguished professor, Giacinto Auriti, with the writing of a draft law and the relevant legislative initiatives. The focal point of this law is the attribution of citizens’ rights to the right of ownership of money at the point of issue. At the moment the law is pending approval by the legislative committees of both houses of the Italian Parliament.
From an early age Amedeo has been a member of the Dante Alighieri society. This is a non-profit organisation of the Ministry of Public Education. The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in 1889 by a group of intellectuals led by Giosuè Carducci and was granted non-profit organization status by Royal Decree July 18,1893, n . 347. Its primary purpose, as stated in Article 1 of its Statute, is to “safeguard and promote the Italian language and Italian culture throughout the world, reviving the spiritual ties of compatriots abroad with their motherland and nurturing among foreigners a love and worship for Italian culture. The society oversees the spread of Italian language and culture throughout the world: part of its role is its work as the president of Dante youth groups(Committee Arpino) and, up until to September 1993, had organised trips to more than 12 countries around the world. In that same year at the International Congress held in Avignon (France), members of the society met with the Moldovan delegation led by the then dean of the Dante Alighieri School in Kishinev, the late and much lamented Professor Lilia Filip, who represented Moldova for the first time in Europe. The delegation was warmly welcomed by all the representatives of the Member States and, in particular, by Dean Prof. Ugo Quadrini, then the Auditor of the Company, who promised to send the young lawyer Amedeo Carrocci to Moldova for the following Dante celebrations. In May 1994, Amedeo Carrocci flew to Moldova for the first time where he spent his days as the official guest of the Dante Alighieri High School.
In the summer of 1994, Amedeo Carrocci hosted the Head of the Department of Culture of Kishinev and the publisher Anatol Vidrascu in order to agree a non-profit collaboration based on cultural exchange. From this meeting, he edited a project in Moldova which for the first time ever gave rise to a selection of poems by the poets Giacomo Leopardi and Giuseppe Ungaretti: the result was a beautiful book of poems translated by poets Vasile Romanciuc and Iulian Filip and introduced by the academic Mihai Cimpoi. Ten thousand copies were printed and distributed to Italian and Moldavian schools and libraries, with the poems printed in parallel text.
In the same year, another project began. This was the first publication of a prestigious photo album that illustrated the natural beauty, history and culture of the young and independent Republic of Moldova: this project contained photographs taken by Amedeo Carrocci and was carried out under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic. The album contained an introduction by the then President, Petru Lucinschi, as well as a brief introduction by Maria Biesu, the leading light of the National Opera. The album was, as mentioned previously, the first high quality work of its kind printed in Moldova, and it was critically acclaimed by the press and critics alike.
In 2001 he was a founding member of the Union of Jurists Moldova (UJM), an organisation of which he is still part. In 2002 he began actively working with the Faculty of Law of the State University of Moldova (USM) and with the Rector to promote and enhance collaboration between foreign State Universities and Italian universities in particular: Amedeo was fundamental to this process, acting as a willing point of reference between the various parties. Between 16th and 19th January 2003, he hosted a delegation of the Chancellor of USM and the Dean of the Faculty of Law in Italy and worked on a program that gave rise to the signing of two separate co-operation agreements with two different State Universities : the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and the University of Cassino. The co-operation agreement with the University “La Sapienza” was in fact signed on 16th January 2003 and countersigned in Kishinev on 14th April.2003; the agreement with the University of Cassino was signed in the afternoon of 16th January 2003 and countersigned in Kishinev on 28th July 2003 . During their visit, the Moldovan delegation visited the Royal Palace of Caserta , the Abbey of Montecassino, and finally, they met with the leaders of the “Accademia Giuridica Ciceroniana” of Arpino in order to lay the foundations for future collaborations.
As of January 2nd, 2003, when he applied, he was taken on by USM as the chair of “Drept International si Drept Relatii Economice Externe” in the function of Conferentiar Universitar until 30th June 2003 (10:01:03, A position which has since been renewed).
In 2004 he started a personal commitment with all the major Moldovan state institutions – the Presidency of the Republic, Parliament, the Constitutional Court, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Minister of Education, and finally the National Bank of Moldova – to urge them to reform the tax system and to return monetary sovereignty to the people. He gave a series of interviews with major newspapers, television stations and national Moldavian newspapers and his cause is now well documented. Finally, in the spring of 2005, he prepared a bill that was presented to legislative committee of the Parliament of Moldova which hopefully will one day be approved.
In 2005-2006 he worked as the spokesman for USM in their collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the National Union of Writers and Artists of Italy. The result was a work entitled “Dragoste si moarte – Moldovan Tribute to Giacomo Leopardi”. This volume represents the first time the burial poems of the Italian poet Leopardi (the greatest national romantic poet) have been translated into Russian and Romanian. The book has the support of, among others, the Campania Region, the World Centre of Poetry and Culture of Recanati, The Leopardi National Centre of Studies (under the direction of the Ministry of Culture) and the Umberto Mastroianni International Foundation for Visual Arts.
Since 2007 he has been a member of the International Fund Orvieto Fotografia (FIOF) in Italy which promotes photography as a universal means of communication and language and follows the cultural growth of professional European photographers (www.orvietofotografia.org).
He is currently a member of the Council of the Bar of Cassino .
He has published and continues to publish theses, and is currently preparing an Italian translation of the anthology “Poezia Acasa – Poeti contemporani din Basarabia”, which he intends to publish, as usual, relying on his own financial resources.
On 20 June 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the State University of Moldova (USM).
He has recently published works entitled “Juridical Eye” (2008), “The Dignity Free” (2009) and “Ladies of the Cake” (2010) .