Born in Parma in August 1941, he graduated magna cum laude in Law from the University of Milan in 1964 and was admitted to the bar in 1966. He has been a full professor and lecturer of administrative law in the Law Faculty of the University of Milan since 1975. President of the Society for Scholars in Administrative Procedure and editor of the law review “Diritto processuale amministrativo” (“Administrative Procedure Law”) , he has written numerous articles and essays, the most notable of which are the collection entitled “Problemi attuali della giurisdizione amministrativa” (“Current Issues with Administrative Jurisdiction”), published in 2009, and the section of a renowned university textbook dedicated to administrative measures, comprised of four monographs, the last of which, written in 1999 and added to the fifth edition, is specifically dedicated to public services and their current management models. Furthermore, he edited the draft of the collective volume “L’appalto di opere pubbliche” (“Public Works Procurement”), published in 2002 by CEDAM in Padova, personally writing the chapter on the regulation of anomalous bids. Having contributed to the drafting of various bills concerning local public services, he has given lectures at numerous conventions and masters courses, among which those regarding administrative procedure , procurement contracts for public entities and project finance procedure, are particularly noteworthy. He was a member of the Commission appointed to prepare the text of the Executive Decree for the Reform of the Administrative Process.
Alongside his regular judicial practice, Professor Villata also acts as the President or Member of the Board of Arbitrators in public litigations and as counsel and proponent in proceedings before Independent Authorities. He was chairman of the “Centro di studi sulla giudizia” (“Centre for Legal Studies”) at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, and is currently a member of the Council of the “Scuola forense” (“Forensic School”), established by the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, at Milan Bicocca and the University of Insubria. In 2011 he received the Sorrentino prize as a “distinguished scholar in administrative law”.
Chambers Europe and Legal 500 regard him as one of Italy’s leading lawyers in the field of administrative law.