Alessandro Corda


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criminal law; sentencing; comparative penal policies

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Personal profile


Dr Alessandro Corda joined the School of Law in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Before his appointment at Queen’s University Belfast, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Comparative and Cross-National Justice System Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law. 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 Researcher 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, sociology of punishment, white-collar and corporate crime, comparative law, and the impact of novel science on the administration of criminal justice. His work has been published (or is forthcoming) in leading law and criminal justice journals and book projects.

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. During the third trimester of the 2018-19 academic year, he held the post of Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). 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.

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.

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 8 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Dealing with Potential Terrorists within a Censure-based Model of Sentencing

Corda, A., 01 Apr 2019, Penal Censure: Engagements Within and Beyond Desert Theory. du Bois-Pedain, A. & Bottoms, A. (eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. 161-183 23 p. (Studies in Penal Theory and Penal Ethics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Outsourced Services

Access to and Use of Criminal Records: Overview of Criminal Records Law and Policy in the 21st Century

Corda, A., Hyatt, J. & Chanenson, S. L., Oct 2018, Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice. Colgate Love, M., Roberts, J. & Logan, W. A. (eds.). 2018-2019 ed. ed. St. Paul, MN: Thomson Reuters, p. 343-367 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

American Exceptionalism in Parole Release and Supervision: A European Perspective

van Zyl Smit, D. & Corda, A., 01 Feb 2018, American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment. Reitz, K. R. (ed.). Oxford University Press, p. 410-486 77 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
American Exceptionalism
Procedural Justice
542 Downloads (Pure)

Beyond Totem and Taboo: Toward a Narrowing of American Criminal Record Exceptionalism

Corda, A., 21 Jun 2018, In : Federal Sentencing Reporter. 30, 4-5, p. 241-251 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
open channel


AHSS Faculty Research Initiatives Fund Award

Alessandro Corda (Recipient), 08 Jan 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

international law

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Alessandro Corda (Recipient), 02 Dec 2019

Prize: Other distinction


Getting Scholarship Into Court Project

Alessandro Corda (Recipient), 02 May 2018

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2013 2020

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET): Guest Instructor

Alessandro Corda (Advisor)
22 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

SSRN and Twitter training session

Alessandro Corda (Advisor)
29 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Examination of a doctoral degree thesis

Alessandro Corda (Examiner)
22 Nov 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Anglo-German Dialogue Project on Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Justice - Zurich Meeting

Alessandro Corda (Advisor)
04 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Model Law on Non-Conviction Records

Alessandro Corda (Advisor)
01 Sep 201920 Dec 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


Press / Media