Serena Forlati

University of Ferrara

Gastprofessorin, Prof. Dr., LL.M. (College of Bruges)

Kontakt: Martina Mittermayer (Sekretariat)


Serena Forlati, Law Graduate (Florence), LLM (College of Europe, Bruges), PhD (University of Rome-La Sapienza), is associate professor of International Law at the Department of Law of the University of Ferrara. Co-convener of the ESIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals. External Scientific Fellow 2017, Max Planck Institute on Procedural Law, Luxembourg. Founding member and co-coordinator of MaCrO – Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Mafia and Other Forms of Organized crime, Department of Law, University of Ferrara. Her current research interests focus on international courts and tribunals (specifically on international procedure), International Human Rights Law and its interaction with International Criminal Law.

In Summer term she held a lecture about 030485 Transnational Criminal Law (9-13 April and 2-3 May 2018) in the framework of the Elective Field of Spezialization "Law of International Relations".

The course aims at offering students the tools for a critical understanding to the international legal framework of interstate cooperation in criminal matters and of its interaction with other areas of international law.

It will discuss the general principles and customary rules regulating this area of international law, as well as the role of treaties establishing obligations to prevent, criminalize and repress specific crimes. Specifically the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime will be used as case study, also in in order to explore: (a) the role of international institutions, such as the United Nations, and of civil society, in the development and management of these treaty systems; (b) the mechanisms through which implementation of the relevant obligations is monitored at international level.

The course will also address the interaction between obligations arising in the field of transnational criminal law and, notably: the forms of ‘vertical’ cooperation between states and international criminal tribunals in the fight against ‘core crimes’; International Human Rights Law; the International Law of the Sea; regional integration processes, specifically within the EU.