Giusella Finocchiaro

The Finocchiaro Law Firm collaborates with a select group of professionals, specialized in different branches of Private Law, Computer Law and Internet Law, under the supervision of Professor Giusella Finocchiaro.


Giusella Finocchiaro, founder of the Finocchiaro Law Firm (Bologna – Milan), is a Full Professor of Internet Law and Private Law at the University of Bologna and member of the Academy of Science of the Bologna Institute – Class of Moral Sciences. She is also a former member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna.

She graduated cum laude in Law from the University of Bologna and holds a 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 Italian Supreme Court).

In addition to her University career, she co-operates on various scientific projects at both national and international level.

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.

Since 2011 she has represented Italy at the UNCITRAL (The United Nations Commission on International Trade) and since 2014 she has been the Chairperson of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce.

She is the Italian correspondent for several EU Commission projects. She is a past member of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) “Permanent Stakeholders Group” (2008-2012), of the ENISA “Working Group on Privacy and Technology” and of the Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Institute.

She has been legal a consultant for the Italian Government and an advisor for the Russian Government, as a member of the Tacis Project on Electronic Commerce in Russia.

She was involved in an international project for drafting electronic commerce legislation in collaboration with the Chinese Parliament.

She was a member of the international group of experts 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 also a consultant for several law firms in Brussels.

She is a member of the Ethics Committee of IVASS (Institute for the Supervision of Insurance).

She has been the Chairperson of the Banking Foundation “Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna” since 2015.

She has been a member of the ACRI (the Italian Bank Foundations Association) Board of Directors since 2015.

She was a member of the Supervisory Board and a member of the Board of Auditors of the “Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A.”

She is a member of the Jury of IAP (Italian Advertising Standards Authority).

She is a legal expert of The World Bank.

She has collaborated with the Bocconi University, Milan. She was the Scientific Director of the “Executive Master Course in Security and Privacy” and of the Master’s programme in “Information Security”, organized by the Alma Graduate School (University of Bologna).

Since 2011 she has been a member of the Observatory of Digital Innovation at the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano. She also teaches at SPISA (Specialization School for Public Administration Studies) of the University of Bologna.

She was the Chairperson of the Working Group at the legislative office of the Ministry of Justice in charge of drafting legislative decrees in accordance with the European Delegated Act 2016-2017, to ensure prompt compliance of the internal framework with the European requirements on personal data protection.

She was a member of the Special Commission on Copyright law and New Technologies, which is part of the Permanent Consulting Committee on Copyright established by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

She writes for “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the prestigious Italian financial daily.

She is a founding member of IAIC (Italian Academy of the Internet Code).

She is the director of the “Subjects and New Technologies” area of the “Giustizia civile” review.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the “Contratto e impresa” review and of the “Rivista di Diritto Sportivo” review. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Diritto dell’Internet“ review, of the “Diritto di Internet” review, of the “Diritto Mercato Tecnologia” review and of the “Rivista italiana di informatica e diritto” review.

She is head of the DPO-RTD and Reputation Manager Observatory of the Italian Digital Revolution Association.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of “Ediciones Olejnik”.

Prof. Finocchiaro is the author of several books and over one hundred articles in the field of electronic commerce, personal data protection, Internet Law, computer contracts, electronic signatures and intellectual property rights, among which: Fintech: diritti, concorrenza, regole. Le operazioni di finanziamento tecnologico, with V. Falce, Zanichelli, 2019; La protezione dei dati personali in Italia. Regolamento UE 2016/679 e d.lgs. 10 agosto 2018, n. 101, Zanichelli, 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, with F. Delfini, Giappichelli, 2017; Diritto dell’Informatica, with F. Delfini, Utet, 2014; Privacy e protezione dei dati personali. Disciplina e strumenti operativi, Zanichelli, 2012; Anonimato e Identità personale (diritto alla), in Digesto delle discipline privatistiche, Sez. civ., Agg., Utet, 2010; Anonymity and the law in Italy, in Lessons from the identity trail – Anonymity, privacy and identity in a networked society, ed. by I. Keer, V. Steeves, C. Lucock, Oxford Press, 2009; Diritto di Internet, Zanichelli, 2008; Diritto all’anonimato; Anonimato, nome e identità personale, in Trattato di diritto commerciale e di diritto pubblico dell’economia, ed. by F. Galgano, Cedam, 2008; Commercio elettronico, with E. Tosi and C. Rossello, Giappichelli, 2007, in Trattato di Diritto Privato, ed. by M. Bessone, Giappichelli, 2007; Comments on art. 1-2-4-5 of the directive 2000/31/EC, in Concise European IT Law, ed. by A. Bullesbach, Y. Poullet, C. Prins, Kluwer Law International, 2006; Personal data protection in the workplace in Reasonable expectations of privacy?, ed. by 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, in Commentario al Codice Civile Scialoja-Branca, ed. by F. Galgano.

Her spoken English is at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference standards. Her spoken French level corresponds to B1 of the same standards and her spoken German level corresponds to A2.