She is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Florence Law School. On May 31st 2017, she has been awarded with the honour of KnightGrand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She holds Ph.D. Honoris Causa in Law at the Universities of Stockholm(2006) and Hasselt (2012).Following her law degree at the University of Bari, she was HarknessFellow at UCLA and Harvard Law School (1974-1976). She then taught at theFaculty of Economics and Banking, University of Siena.
She was Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor in several Universities,among which Warwick (Leverhulme Professor), Columbia Law School (BNLProfessor), Cambridge (where she held the Arthur Goodhart Chair in LegalScience 2006-2007), Stockholm, Lund, University College London, LUISS Rome.
She is a member of the European Law Institute, since it was founded.In 2015, in Amsterdam, she received the Hugo Sinzheimer prize, inrecognition of her academic career. At the European University Institute she directed several internationalprojects, leading to edited books, in particular Public Services and Citizenship in European Law, with M. Freedland (Oxford University Press 1998); Labour Law inthe Courts. National Judges and the European Court of Justice (Hart 2001);Employment Policy and the Regulation of Part-time Work in the European Union(Cambridge University Press 2004), with P. Davies and M. Freedland.
She worked in cooperation with the European Commission in numerousresearch projects at EU and national level. She was involved in a comparativeresearch project with South African lawyers leading, to the publication of: R. leRoux, B. Hepple, S. Sciarra, (eds), Laws against Strikes. The South AfricanExperience in an International and Comparative Perspective, F. Angeli 2015.
She published extensively in specialized journals; was for several yearsco-editor of the journal Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e di Relazioni Industriali,and still is a member of several scientific boards. Recently, she published: Social Rights Before the Italian Constitutional Court - Voice from the Bench, in Soziales Recht, 2019; Prove di solidarietà inalcune sentenze della Corte costituzionale, in Rivista del Diritto della Sicurezzasociale, 2019; Social Rights as Human Rights, in Liber Amicorum GuidoRaimondi, Essays in Honour of Guido Raimondi, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2019;Rule of Law and Mutual Trust: a Short Note on Constitutional Court as“Institutions of Pluralism”, in The Role of Constitutional Courts in the GlobalisedWorld of the 21st Century, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia, 2019;Solidarity and Conflict. European Social Law in Crisis, Cambridge UniversityPress, 2018; Certezza del diritto e principi fondamentali del diritto europeo, inLiber Amicorum Antonio Tizzano, Giappichelli, 2018.