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The Sapienza community mourns Stefano Rodotà, renowned lawyer and university professor, who passed away on June 23, 2017 at age of 84. The constitution, democracy, privacy and the Internet were the focus of his studies. Rodotà was a Professor of Civil Law and a point of reference for academic and cultural debate. Professor Rodotà served as member of parliament and was the first President of the Guarantee Authority for the Protection of Personal Data.

The university community paid homage to the man and his work on Monday, June 26, in Lecture Hall 101 of the Sapienza Faculty of Law. Various personalities were present at the funeral ceremony, including: President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso; President of the Chamber, Laura Boldrini; Senate Deputy President, Linda Lanzillotta; Deputy President of the Chamber, Luigi Di Maio; Lazio Region President Nicola Zingaretti; Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy, Maurizio Martina; Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Commission, Pier Ferdinando Casini; Chairman of the Democratic Party (PD) Parliamentary Group at the Senate, Luigi Zanda; Chairman of the Personal Data Protection Authority, Antonello Soro; European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli; Secretary General of CGIL, Susanna Camusso and Secretary General of FIOM, Maurizio Landini.

The ceremony was also attended by Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio; the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Paolo Ridola; Professor of Civil Law Guido Alpa, and Professor of Constitutional Law Gaetano Azzariti.

"As rector of Sapienza,” said Eugenio Gaudio, “I'd like to remember Stefano Rodotà as a professor, a professor who was able to interpret constitutional principles with consistency and extraordinary commitment. Teaching was a mission at the service of young people for him, he was always willing to listen and provide advice. That's why he was loved and respected by his students who will greet him, together with the entire university community, in the faculty where he taught for so many years."