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Stefano Finocchiaro PhD Student, Italy, 2017
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Professional Biography

Stefano Finocchiaro studied law at the State University of Milan, where he obtained his degree in 2014, with a dissertation on Criminal Law. In October 2014, he started a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the State University of Milan. During his Ph.D., he worked as a teaching and research assistant for several professors at the State University of Milan and, during 2017, at the Bocconi University of Milan. He has lectured in seminars and has spoken on Criminal Law. He spent six months in 2013 studying at Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands; interned at the Court of Milan, III Criminal Section (specialized in Criminal Tax Law and other economic offences) and in 2011, interned in the legal department of Bracco Diagnostic Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, where he assisted lawyers in preparing contract analyses, categorizing and summarizing terms and conditions of agreements and translating insurance-related documents. Mr. Finocchiaro is currently spending two months at Cornell as a Visiting Scholar working with Professor Joseph Margulies. During this time he will work on his PhD thesis concerning non-conviction-based confiscations in Europe and U.S., with a particular focus on the U.S. "civil forfeiture". He is also currently working on his research project. Mr. Finocchiaro is a member of the drafting committee of the online law journals “Diritto penale contemporaneo” and “Diritto penale contemporaneo-Rivista trimestrale”. He has written more than thirty articles on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. His academic publications deal with a variety of subjects such as Criminal Tax Law, Economic Crimes, European and International Human Rights Law and Asset Forfeiture Law. He has participated in national and international long jump competitions and has recently taken up boxing.


Università degli Studi di Milano

Focus of Study

Asset forfeiture law: in particular, non-conviction-based confiscations in Europe and Italy (so called "confisca di prevenzione") and in the United States (civil forfeiture). Areas of interest include Criminal Tax Law, Economic Crimes, Criminal organization, and the impact of the European Union and International Human Rights on national legal orders.