ASCARELLI, TULLIO (1903–1959), Italian jurist, whose father, Attilio, was a scholar in forensic medicine. At the age of 23, Tullio Ascarelli was appointed to the chair of commercial law at the University of Ferrara and later taught at Cagliari, Catania, Parma, and Padua universities. Dismissed following Italy's adoption of racial laws in 1938, he left the country and, after a short period of teaching at the London School of Economics and at the Sorbonne, went to Brazil to teach at the University of São Paolo. He also served as juridical counselor to the Brazilian government. Returning to Italy after World War ii, Ascarelli taught commercial law at the University of Bologna, and industrial law at the University of Rome. Shortly before his death he was appointed to the chair of commercial law at Rome. Author of essays on commercial, civil, maritime, and company law (collected in miscellaneous volumes published in 1949, 1952, and 1960), he also wrote basic works on commercial law subjects, among them La moneta (1928); Il concetto di titolo di credito (1932); and Teoria della concorrenza e dei beni immateriali (1960).
Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 4 (1962), 371–2 (includes bibliography); Roth, Italy, index; Milano, Italia, 385.