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Fabio Giuffrida

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis title

The road to EPPO is paved with good intentions: problems and challenges of the future European Prosecution


Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas and Dr Saskia Hufnagel.

Summary of research

Fabio’s research focuses on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and on its role in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Even though the negotiations of the proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of the EPPO are still ongoing, the thesis will try to address some of the challenges posed by such a groundbreaking body. For instance, its relations with Eurojust and OLAF, as well as its competence and powers, will be discussed. Similarly, the research will deal with the problems arising from the opt-out of some countries and with the possible impact of a “European prosecution” on the rights of the individuals. Finally, a case study will be presented, evaluating the effects of the establishment of the EPPO on the Italian system.


Fabio completed his Master of Laws at the University of Catania (Italy), where he also attended the “Scuola Superiore di Catania”, an education institution that provides university students with additional courses. After the graduation, he worked as a trainee lawyer in a law firm in Catania and served an internship at the Italian Desk of Eurojust. In the frame of a grant awarded from the “Giovanni e Francesca Falcone” Foundation (Palermo, Italy), he spent a couple of months as a trainee in the Environmental Crime Unit of Europol. In September 2015, Fabio has obtained a scholarship from the Criminal Justice Centre for his PhD at Queen Mary University of London.

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