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Professor Paola Severino is President of the Luiss School of Law and Professor Emeritus of Criminal Law at the Department of Law at Luiss University, where she also holds the Chair of Cybersecurity – Regulation and Policy. She formerly served as Vice President, Rector, Deputy Rector and Dean of the Department of Law at Luiss University.

She is Professor of Criminal Law at the “Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri” in Rome.

Since September 2021 she is President of the National School of Public Administration (SNA).

Professor Severino is Co-President of the Scientific Committee and National Citizens’ Representative for Italy at the Conference on the Future of Europe. She is also President of the Scientific Committee (Supervisory Board) of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) at the Italian Ministry of University and Research and member of the Scientific technical committee of the National Cybersecurity Authority.

She is Vice President of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and President of the AIDP Italian group.

She is President of the “Collegio dei Probiviri dell’Associazione Generale Italiana dello Spettacolo”.

From January 2018 to December 2020, she was Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption. She was appointed as a member of the working group in charge of drafting what is commonly referred to as the “Quirinale Treaty”.

In 2015, she was awarded the title of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce”. In March 2019, she was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In June 2018, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the University of Glasgow.

From 2014 to 2018, she was President of the “Osservatorio per il monitoraggio dell’efficienza complessiva del sistema giustizia e per la valutazione dell’efficacia delle riforme necessarie alla crescita del Paese” at the Italian Ministry of Justice.

From November 2011 to April 2013, she served as Italy’s Minister of Justice in the Cabinet led by Mario Monti. From 1997 to 2001, she was Vice President of the Council of the Military Judiciary.

As a criminal lawyer admitted to practice before the Court of Cassation, she provides legal advice and defense in the field of Business Criminal Law.

Paola Severino participates as a speaker in many conferences on criminal law and business criminal law. She has been a member of several ministerial committees on the reform of criminal law and criminal procedural law.