Giusella Finocchiaro, owner and founder of the Finocchiaro Law Firm (Bologna – Milan), is a 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 collaborated 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 and of the Special Commission on Copyright law 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 also a consultant for several law firms in Brussels.
She was a member of the “Tacis Project” on Electronic Commerce in Russia.
Since 2010, she is the legal expert of the “Observatory on Electronic Invoicing an Dematerialization” of the Politecnico of Milan School of Management.
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.
In 2011, she has been designated as the Italian representative at UNCITRAL Working Group on electronic commerce.
In 2014 she has been elected the Chairperson of the UNCITRAL Working Group on electronic commerce.
She is a member of the Jury of the Institute for Advertising Self-Regulation (IAP).
She is a member of the Ethics Committee of IVASS (Institute for the Supervision of Insurance).
On the 6th of July 2015 she has been appointed President of the Bank Foundation “Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna”.
Since 2015, she is a member of the ACRI board (Association of Bank Foundations and Saving Banks Spa)
She is a former member of the Supervisory Board and member of the Board of Statutory Auditors of the “Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A.”
She has been a 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).
She is an associate of Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna.
She has been the President of the Working Group, at the legislative office of the Ministry of Justice, in charge of drafting legislative decrees according to the European delegated act 2016-2017, in order to ensure the prompt compliance of the internal framework to the European requirements on data protection.
Already member of the Editorial Staff Committee, since 2015, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the scientific paper “Contratto e impresa” and of the Scientific Committee of the paper “Diritto Mercato Tecnologia”. She is director of the area “Subjects and new technologies” of the “Giustizia civile” review.she is a member of the Steering Committee of the scientific paper “Diritto Dell’Internet”.
Prof. Finocchiaro is the author of many publications in the field of Computer law and Internet law, among which: La protezione dei dati personali in Italia. Regolamento UE 2016/679 e d.lgs. 10 agosto 2018, n. 101, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2019; Il nuovo Regolamento europeo sulla privacy e sulla protezione dei dati personali, Zanichelli, 2017; Identificazione elettronica e servizi fiduciari per le transazioni elettroniche nel mercato interno, commento al regolamento UE 910/2014, con F. Delfini, Giappichelli, 2017; Diritto dell’Informatica, con F. Delfini, Utet, Torino, 2014; Privacy e protezione dei dati personali. Disciplina e strumenti operativi, Zanichelli, 2012; Anonimato e Identità personale (diritto alla), nel Digesto delle discipline privatistiche, Sez. civ., Agg., Torino, 2010; Anonymity and the law in Italy, in Lessons from the identity trail – Anonymity, privacy and identity in a networked society, a cura di I. Keer, V. Steeves, C. Lucock, Oxford Press, 2009; Diritto di Internet, Zanichelli, 2008; Diritto all’anonimato; Anonimato, nome e identità personale, nel Trattato di diritto commerciale e di diritto pubblico dell’economia, diretto da F. Galgano, Cedam, 2008; Commercio elettronico, con E. Tosi e C. Rossello, Giappichelli, 2007, nel Trattato di Diritto Privato, diretto da M. Bessone, Giappichelli, 2007; Comments on art. 1-2-4-5 of the directive 2000/31/EC, in Concise European IT Law, a cura di A. Bullesbach, Y. Poullet, C. Prins, Kluwer Law International, 2006; Personal data protection in the workplace in Reasonable expectations of privacy?, a cura di C. Prins, B. de Vries, S. Nouwt, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2005; Firma digitale e firme elettroniche – Profili privatistici, Giuffrè, 2003; La firma digitale, Zanichelli – Il Foro Italiano, 2000, nel Commentario al Codice Civile Scialoja-Branca, diretto da F. Galgano.
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.