Alessandro Spena

Professor of Criminal Law, University of Palermo, Italy


Alessandro is Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Palermo. He holds a PhD from the University of Macerata, has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security (York University, Toronto, Fall 2012), and will be a Jemolo Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford (June-July 2013). Alessandro’s research interests include moral and political foundations/limits of the criminal law (i.e., crimmigration; harm principle; sovereignty and the public element of crime; international criminal law); criminal law theory; corruption crimes; and intrafamily crimes. He has published, among other things, three books in Italian: Theory and Reform of Corruption Crimes (Giuffrè, 2003); Rights and Criminal Responsibility (Giuffrè, 2008); and Crimes Against the Family (Giuffrè, 2012), as well as various articles in Italian and international law journals, such as ‘Iniuria Migrandi: Criminalization of Immigrants and the Basic Principles of the Criminal Law’ in Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013); ‘The Strange Case of the Protective Perimeter: Liberties and Claims to Non-Interference’ in Law and Philosophy (2012); and ‘Harmless Rapes? A False Problem for the Harm Principle’ in Diritto & Questioni Pubbliche (2010).

Research projects & programmes

Border Criminologies