Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Alessandro Corda Joins Faculty of Queen's University, Belfast School of Law

The Robina Institute is pleased to announce that Robina Institute Fellow in Comparative and Cross-National Justice System Studies, Alessandro Corda, has joined the faculty as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Queen's University, Belfast School of Law in the United Kingdom.

While at the Robina Institute, Professor Corda focused his work on policies and practices regarding the front-end and the back-end of the criminal justice system in the U.S. and other Western jurisdictions. His primary research interests include criminal law and procedure, sentencing, comparative criminal justice and penal policy, sociology of punishment, criminal law theory, white-collar and corporate crime, and the impact of neuroscience on the administration of criminal law. Prior to joining the Robina Institute, he was a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School and a Research Scholar at the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at NYU School of Law. He holds a J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pavia School of Law (Italy), a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Pavia (completing a dissertation on the changes in sentencing laws and practices regarding antitrust offenses over time in four jurisdictions), and an LL.M. from NYU School of Law, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hauser Global Scholarship. His work has been published (or is forthcoming) in leading law and criminal justice journals and book projects.

F​rom University of Minnesota Law School Professor Michael Tonry:

"Alessandro's high standards, creativity, and cosmopolitan air have inspired us all. As he leaves Minneapolis to continue a no doubt glorious career, some might now describe him as a Robina Fellow. Not too many years from now the senior Robina folk may be best known for having once been protégés of Alessandro Corda.​"​

Alessandro Corda was the author or co-author on several projects during his time at the Robina Institute, including comparative research on American Exceptionalism in probation and parole. He collaborated on the conference and forthcoming publication on American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment with Professor Kevin Reitz and on several volumes of Crime and Justice (University of Chicago Press) with Professor Michael Tonry. He published "Sentencing and Penal Policies in Italy, 1985–2015: The Tale of a Troubled Country​" in Crime and Justice in 2016.

​The Robina Institute wishes Professor Corda the best of luck in his new role and we are grateful for his many contributions to the Institute.