Alessandro Corda


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criminal law; criminal justice; punishment and society; comparative penal policies


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Dr Alessandro Corda is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Since September 2021, he is also the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ). Prior to his appointment at Queen’s University Belfast, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative and Cross-National Justice System Studies and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to his position at UMN Law, he was a Research Scholar at the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Research Fellow at Yale Law School.

He holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and a J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pavia School of Law (Italy), a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Penal Policy from the University of Pavia, and an LL.M. from NYU School of Law, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hauser Global Scholarship.

His primary research interests include criminal law, sentencing, comparative criminal justice policies and practices, the sociology of punishment, comparative law, and the impact of novel science and technologies on the administration of criminal justice. His work has been published or is forthcoming in leading edited collections and peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Corda is a Fellow of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School, co-founder and co-coordinator of the Working Group on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records within the European Society of Criminology, a member of the Anglo-German-Dialogue project on the foundational principles and concepts of Criminal Law and Justice, and of the Collaborative Research Network CRN 27 - Punishment and Society within the Law and Society Association. He also serves as an academic Adviser for the Collateral Consequences Resource Center. In 2017-18, he was the chair of the Linkages and Engagements Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.

In 2022, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Milan School of Law (Milan, Italy). In 2019 and 2020, he held the post of Visiting Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University School of Law (Barcelona, Spain).

At Queen’s he teaches courses in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice, and comparative law. He is interested in supervising students in his areas of expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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