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)


Rethinking the Social Environment in American Criminal Law Theory, Doctrine, and Practice

Head of project: Federica Coppola
The relevance of socio-environmental influences on human behavior is (re)gaining momentum in American crim­i­nal law scholarship. Increasing acknowledgment of the traumatizing social conditions that too often affect people who come into contact with the criminal legal system… more

Social Rehabilitation and Criminal Justice

Heads of project: Federica Coppola, Adriano Martufi
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… 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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