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Elena Militello

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023


Elena Militello

Elena Militello is a researcher and faculty member on criminal procedure at the University of Messina. Previously, Militello was a research specialist at the University of Luxembourg. She is also the founder and president of the non-profit organization South Working which promotes and evaluates remote working solutions as tools to revamp territories that have been suffering from brain drain for the past several decades. Militello holds a combined bachelor's and master's degree in law from Bocconi University and a Ph.D. in law and humanities from University of Insubria. She is admitted to practice law in Italy at the Milan Bar.

During her time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Militello will continue research for her second book, which compares recent trends of negotiated justice in the United States and select European justice systems. The project focuses on a comparison of five legal systems regarding the pressing issue of negotiation in criminal justice cases. The work will describe the traditional and current approaches to negotiated justice in the selected countries, both in books and in action, as well as the migration of the plea-bargaining model from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Its final goal is to design evidence-based guidelines for minimum “fair trial” safeguards that should be granted in any plea-bargaining instance.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Researcher, University of Messina
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

An atlas of recent trends in negotiated criminal justice: An evidence-based comparative analysis between selected European countries and the United States


Comparative Law
Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Criminal Procedure
Corporate Criminal Liability
Restorative Justice
Law and Public Policy
Regional Studies

Select Publications

Militello, Elena. “Geolocation in crime detection and prevention.” in L. Bachmaier Winter, S. Ruggeri (Eds.), Investigating Crime in the Digital Era. New Safeguards, New Rights. (Forthcoming, 2022)

Mirabile, Mario, and Elena Militello. South Working per Un Futuro Sostenibile Del Lavoro Agile in Italia. Roma, IT: Donzelli editore, 2022.

Militello, Elena. Criminal Investigations on Corporate Liability: A Comparative Account on Italy and the United States. Ospedaletto (Pisa): Pacini giuridica, 2020.