Prof. Dr. Federica Coppola

Research Affiliate

Main Focus

  • Comparative criminal law (continental/European and Anglo-American)
  • Criminal justice and constitutional/human rights
  • Penal theory
  • Criminal law/procedure and neuroscience
  • Criminal law and social justice

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2023–present: Assistant Professor of Law, IE University Law School (Spain)
  • 2023–present: Research Affiliate, Dept. of Criminal Law, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law (Germany)
  • 2022–2023: Lecturer in Comparative Criminal Law, University of Münster (Germany)
  • 2022: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Penal Theory and Ethics, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2022: Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2021–2023: Senior Researcher, Dept. of Criminal Law, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law (Germany)
  • 2018–2019: Lecturer in Criminal Law and Neuroscience, Columbia Law School (USA)
  • 2017–2020: Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Center for Science and Society, Columbia University (USA)
  • 2017–2020: Postdoc Scholar, Social Relations Lab and Center for Justice, Dept. of Psychology, Columbia University (USA)
  • 2017: Ph.D. in Law, European University Institute (Italy)
  • 2016–2017: Lecturer in Criminology, University of Passau (Germany)
  • 2016: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA)
  • 2016: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society (USA)
  • 2014: LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws, European University Institute (Italy)
  • 2012–2016: Research Fellow, European Center for Law, Science, and New Technologies, University of Pavia (Italy)
  • 2010: Dott. Mag. (summa cum laude), University of Bologna, Dept. of Legal Studies (Italy)


Social Rehabilitation and Criminal Justice

The rehabilitative ideal of criminal justice is again at a critical crossroads. Over the course of the 20th century, various normative models of rehabilitation were theorized and implemented. From among these, recent trends in legal scholar­ship and jurisprudence have increasingly embraced “social”… more

The Real Pain of Punishment: Eradicating Social Exclusion from Criminal Justice

Head of project: Federica Coppola
The quest for alternative approaches to criminal conduct is one of the most pressing justice issues in the vast majority of crim­i­nal legal systems. There is increasing recognition that the number of people incarcerated reflects a societal failure to respond effectively to… more

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