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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)
During the NATO Defense College Foundation on “Targeting the de-materialised ‘Caliphate’” prof. Savona gives a speech on “Terrorist funding: a lynchpin between extremism and armed operations”.
Michele Riccardi takes part to the meeting of the working group of the “EU Money Laundering Supra-National Risk Assessment”.
Michele Riccardi takes part to the 7th Meeting of the Asset Management Subgroup of the EU Asset Recovery Office Platform.
Prof Ernesto Savona takes part in the “International Conference on Combatting Illicit Tobacco Trade and Related Crimes”.
During the ALEA conference on gambling and criminal question, Prof Savona gives a speech on “L’influenza del mercato legale-illegale sui paradigmi della regolazione del gioco d’azzardo contemporaneo”.
During the conference of the Parties UNTOC, prof. Savona coordinates the side event on “Changing Organized Crime: lessons from EU project PROTON” sponsored by UNODC and Italian Mission at UN in Vienna.
During the Festival della Sociologia, prof. Savona coordinates a meeting on “Misurare i traffici illeciti: la sfida dell’Agenda delle Nazioni Unite per il 2030” with Federico Sallusti (ISTAT) and Alberto Aziani (Transcrime).
At the Scuola Superiore della Magistratura, prof. Savona introduces the course “Giovanni Falcone” with a lesson on “Il reclutamento nelle organizzazioni criminali: una recente ricerca”.
During the 36th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Michele Riccardi presents a paper in a panel on “AML National risk assessments – the way forward”.
During the 36th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Prof. Savona presents a paper on “Curbing illicit wealth reducing loopholes in opportunities and taxes”.
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