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Ernesto U. Savona, degree in Law (1965-University of Palermo) and Postgraduate School in Sociology and Social Research (University of Rome “La Sapienza” 1966-1970) is Director of TRANSCRIME, Joint Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and since 2003 professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. From 1986 to 2002 he was professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law at the Università degli Studi di Trento. From 1971 to 1986 he was associate professor at the Faculty of Statistical Sciences at the Università “La Sapienza” in Rome.
He was also nominated President of the European Society of Criminology for the years 2003/2004. He has been consultant to the United Nations, Council of Europe (where he was appointed one of the seven members of the Scientific and Criminological Council in 1996), the European Union and various national governments. From 1990 to 1994, he was visiting fellow and project director at the National Institute of Justice, Research Centre of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington D.C, where he was manager of two projects on organised crime and international money laundering.
In May 1998, the British Presidency of the European Union, implementing a recommendation of the Action Plan against Organised Crime, invited him among other “eminent European academics” to deliver a paper on the present situation of organised crime in Europe. He is today member of the EU Commission experts group on ‘Policy needs for data on crime & criminal justice and of the expert group on Firearms. He has been a visiting professor at the Yale Law School, Oxford (Wolfson College) and Cambridge (Dept. of Criminology) and has been appointed honorary fellow of Cardiff University. Recently (2002) he has lectured in Argentina at the Universities Catolica de Salta (Subsede Buenos Aires) and Concepcion de l’Uruguay.
In 2003 he was appointed Editor in Chief of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, an international refereed Journal published by Springer. He is also part of the Editorial Board of the Journal Sociologia del Diritto. In June 2011 he has been appointed Chair for the term 2011-2012 of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime del World Economic Forum.
His research activity has centred on the following topics: analysis of crime statistics, law and social change, effectiveness of legislation, organised/economic crime and criminal justice systems, crime and economics and corruption. He has recently concentrated his research on developing a methodology to measure the impact of legislation.
Chapters in books (selected)
PROTON FINAL CONFERENCE – Professor Savona and Professor Calderoni present the final results of the European project Proton in Ghent.
THIRTY-SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECONOMIC CRIME – Professor Savona speaks on “Transparency an effective tool in fighting crime?” at Jesus College.
SUMMER LAW SCHOOL ON TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME (ELSA) – Prof. Savona presents a report on UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime at Università di Napoli Federico II.
UNODC MACRO/Expert group – Prof. Savona gives a report on “From Mexico to Balkans: framing data collection on organized crime”.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION – Prof. Savona participates in the meeting of national anti-corruption experts.
12th EU EXPERIENCE SHARING PROGRAMME WORKSHOP – Professor Savona presents a paper on “Assessing the risks of infiltration of Organised Crime in the legitimate economy: tools and remedies in the procurement sector”.
ILLICIT NETWORKS WORKSHOP – Professor Francesco Calderoni presents the Agent Based Model of the Proton project on the recruitment of organized crime.
Prof. Savona and Prof. Francesco Calderoni participate in the presentation conference of the preliminary results of PROTON in Palermo.
Marco Dugato discusses about measuring transnational organised crime at international workshop on Global Justice: Some Key Issue Areas and Policy Concerns.
On the occasion of Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Prof. Savona speaks of reducing opportunities for organized crime: from crime proofing (supply) to recruitment processes (demand).
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