• 16 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Research Interests

Dr Costantino Grasso's foremost areas of research are financial crime, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and business ethics. In particular, in the latest years, he has focused on corporate criminal liability and on the effectiveness of corporate and compliance measures to counter financial crime offences such as bribery and corruption, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorism financing. He has also conducted comprehensive studies on European criminal law, economic sanctions, corruption in the oil and gas sector, as well as transitional justice. His research has always been inspired by the necessity of taking into consideration the protection of fundamental rights and, in particular, the right to a fair trial and due process. He is the author of various articles, chapters and volumes both in English and Italian.

Editorial Board/Peer Reviewer Positions

  • American Business Law Journal, Wiley (link).
  • Criminal Justice Review, Sage (link).
  • Journal of Business Ethics, Springer (link).
  • International Journal of Business and Management, Canadian Center of Science and Education (link).

Dr Costantino Grasso is interested in supervising PhDs in areas focusing on:

  • Financial Crime (e.g. bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, terrorist financing, cybercrime)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economic Sanctions Regimes
  • European Criminal Law

Interested candidates are invited to contact him directly to discuss potential research.


PhD - Emmanuel K. Nartey: "Accountability Criteria and Remedies under Tort Law for Victims of Human Rights Abuses."

Currently Supervising

PhD - Noud Alowaymir: "Countering Terrorist Financing in Saudi Arabia: A Legal and Social Analysis"


Dr Costantino Grasso is Senior Lecturer in Law at Coventry University and Global MBA module leader for Corporate Governance and Ethics at the University of London. He is an expert in corporate social responsibility, business ethics, corporate governance and financial crime.

He has served as a consultant, advisor, and lecturer on topics related to those matters for the European Union and Council of Europe as well as national governments, academic institutions and firms in Europe and North America.

Dr Costantino Grasso holds a LLB (Hons.), PgD, LLM and PhD in internationalization of criminal law policies and corporate crime. He is the editor in chief of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog and member of the Society of Business Ethics (USA).

In 2012, he was selected as an international expert and rapporteur for the European Union Project ‘Prevention of fraud, corruption and bribery committed through legal entities for the purpose of financial and economic gain’ led by the T.M.C. Asser Institute in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Justice. In October 2017, he was appointed as an international expert for the Council of Europe within the project "Strengthening Capacities to Fight and Prevent Corruption in Azerbaijan." On that occasion he gave a series of seminars on corporate criminal liability and undertook an assessment of the most recent legal innovations introduced in Azerbaijan producing a set of recommendations. In December 2017, he was appointed as an international expert within the European Union/Council of Europe project “Fight against corruption and fostering good governance in Belarus” and delivered a series of seminars on corporate Liability and punishment to representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Investigative Committee, and Ministry of Justice. 

As of June 2018, Dr Costantino Grasso has been appointed as an international expert in the area of corruption and good governance by the Council of Europe - Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law -  Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (Tender 2017/AO/51).  

Being qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a lawyer in Italy, he has always combined academic activities with legal practice. In 2014, he worked as a corporate governance and compliance specialist for the Serious Fraud Office participating in the first-ever U.K. Deferred Prosecution Agreement between that prosecuting body and ICBC Standard Bank Plc, which concerned a complex case of transnational bribery. On that occasion, he received an award for the substantial input into the success of the agreement and, on 23 November 2016, he was awarded as a member of the case team the UK Government Legal Department's Prosecutor of the Year Award. Although he did not accept the role due to the impracticality of serving judicial functions abroad, on 19 July 2017 he was appointed by the Italian Ministry of Justice as an honorary judge at the Court of Turin.


Education/Academic qualification

Law (LL.B.), Degree, Federico II University

Law (LL.M.), Degree, Queen Mary University of London

Law, Doctorate, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli

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Research Output

  • 16 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 3 Chapter
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Book

Corruption in World Bank-financed development projects: A phenomenon-focused examination

Grasso, C., Apr 2019, Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation. Pasculli, L. & Ryder, N. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, p. 258-276 18 p. (The Law of Financial Crime).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Dark Side of Power: Corruption and Bribery within the Energy Sector

    Grasso, C., 2017, Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy. Leal-Arcas, R. & Wouters, J. (eds.). Edward Elgar, p. 237-256 20 p. (Research Handbooks in European Law series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives

    Leal-Arcas, R., Grasso, C. & Alemany Rios, J., 2016, Edward Elgar. 488 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 6 Participation in conference
    • 5 Invited talk
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Oral presentation

    Lights and Shadows of the World Bank's Sanctions System

    Costantino Grasso (Speaker)
    4 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Advanced Studies in European Union Law

    Costantino Grasso (Speaker)
    6 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Major Issues and Challenges of the Current EU Taxation Regime

    Costantino Grasso (Organiser)
    15 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Conference: "The European Lawyer"

    Costantino Grasso (Co-organiser)
    14 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity - Research Seminar Series - February 2019

    Costantino Grasso (Organiser)
    8 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Corporate Governance Medal

    Costantino Grasso (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Honorary Judge at the Court of Turin

    Costantino Grasso (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • UK Government Legal Department's Prosecutor of the Year Award

    Costantino Grasso (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • “Honour Gown” of the Bar Association of Naples

    Costantino Grasso (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: National/international honour