Giusella Finocchiaro, founder of the Finocchiaro law firm, is Full Professor of Internet Law and Private Law at the University of Bologna.
She graduated cum laude in Law at the University of Bologna. PhD in Law at the European University Institute. She has practiced law since 1990 and is admitted to plea before the Corte di Cassazione (the highest Italian Civil Court).
In addition to her University career, she co-operates on various scientific projects at both national and international level.
She collaborates with the Bocconi University of Milan. She was the Scientific Director of the “Executive Master in Security and Privacy” and of the Master’s programme in “Information Security”, organized by the Alma Graduate School (University of Bologna).
She is a former member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna.
She was a member of the special National Commission on Copyright and New Technologies, which is part of the Permanent Consulting Committee on Copyright constituted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. She writes for “Il Sole 24 Ore” the prestigious Italian financial newspaper.
She is the Italian correspondent for various EU Commission projects. She is a past member of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) “Permanent Stakeholders Group” (2008-2012) and of the ENISA “Working Group on Privacy and Technology”. She is a current member of the Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Institute. She is also a consultant for several law firms in Brussels.
She has acted in a consultancy capacity for the Italian Government and the Russian Government as a member of the “Tacis Project” on Electronic Commerce in Russia.
She is a former member of UNCITRAL (The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) as an expert on legal issues regarding the digital electronic signature.
She was president of the session regarding “Electronic transferable records” at the “Colloquium on Electronic Commerce” at UNCITRAL – The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – February, 14-15, 2011 – New York.
In 2011, she has been designated as the Italian representative at UNCITRAL Working Group on electronic commerce.
She was appointed as an Expert (Specialist) by the Executive Committee of the Italian National Council of Chartered Accountants and Public Accountant Experts on the study commission “Law and technological obligations for professional practices”.
She is a current member of the international group of expert for the “Accountability-Based Privacy Governance” project of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership with the collaboration of the European Data Protection Commissioners (2008-2013).
Prof. Finocchiaro is the author of many publications in the field of Computer law and Internet law, among which: Privacy e protezione dei dati personali (Privacy and personal data protection), Zanichelli, 2012; Anonymity and the law in Italy, in Lessons from the identity trail – Anonymity, privacy and identity in a networked society, edited by I. Keer – V. Steeves – C. Lucock, Oxford Press, 2009; Diritto di Internet (Internet Law), Zanichelli, 2nd ed., 2008; Personal data protection in the workplace in Reasonable expectations of privacy?, edited by C. Prins, B. de Vries, S.Nouwt, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2005; Comments on art. 1-2-4-5 of the directive 2000/31/EC, in Concise European IT Law, edited by A. Bullesbach, Y. Poullet, C. Prins, Kluwer Law International, 2006; Firma digitale e firme elettroniche – Profili privatistici (Digital signature and electronic signatures. Private Law Issues), Giuffrè, 2003; La firma digitale (Digital signature), Zanichelli – Il Foro Italiano, 2000, in Commentario al Codice Civile Scialoja-Branca, general editor F. Galgano.
She has recently edited the following: Diritto all’anonimato. Anonimato, nome e identità personale (The right to anonymity. Anonymity, name and personal identity), in Trattato di diritto commerciale e di diritto pubblico dell’economia general editor F. Galgano, Cedam, 2008; Commercio elettronico (Electronic commerce), with E. Tosi and C. Rossello, Giappichelli, 2007, in Trattato di Diritto Privato, general editor M. Bessone; and she has written the following entries Anonimato (Anonymity) and Identità personale (diritto alla) (Right to personal identity), in Digesto delle discipline privatistiche, Sez. civ., Agg., Torino, 2010
Her spoken English is at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference standards. Her spoken French level corresponds to B1 of the same standards.