Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben (b. 1942) has taken degrees in law and philosophy and taught at the Universities of Verona and Venice. The author of a three-volume work on political philosophy, Homo Sacer, he has developed the notion of bio-politics which examines the way in which power interferes with the natural, biological life of individuals. In 2006, he received the prestigious Charles Veillon European Essay Prize for his oeuvre. He regularly speaks at seminars organised by the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes–Saint-Denis).