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On the 29th of April 2021, it was held the VIRTEU National Workshop, which focused on Italy.


During the workshop, and through a series of questions, several experts were called upon to provide critical evaluations based on their professional experience about the relation between tax crimes and corruption. The discussion aimed at shedding light on systemic weaknesses within the context of contrasting such criminal phenomena from a legal and practical perspective.

Organization and Moderation:

Dr. Costantino Grasso 

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School
VIRTEU Principal Investigator

Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli

Associate Head for Research at Coventry Law School
VIRTEU Co-lnvestigator

The video recordings of the event are available below. Please note that the video recordings are in Italian with subtitles in English, the entire transcripts of the English translation is also available below. Translation by Benedetta Zanolla and Kelsey Trotta.

Suggested Citation

APA: [Speaker's surname, initial(s)] (2021, April 29). VIRTEU National Workshop - Italy, Session [1 or 2]. Video recording at [00:00]. Retrieved from

HARVARD: [Speaker's surname, initial(s)] (2021) VIRTEU National Workshop - Italy, Session [1 or 2] [Online]. Video recording at [00:00]. Available at:

OSCOLA: [Speaker's name and surname] ‘VIRTEU National Workshop - Italy’, Session [1 or 2] (Corporate Crime Observatory, 29 April 2021), Video recording at [00:00], <>

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National Experts:

• Dr. Samuel Bolis

Lieutenant Colonel of Guardia di Finanza
• Marco di Siena 
Partner at Chiomenti LLP
• Pietro Molino
Deputy General Prosecutor at the Italian Supreme Court 
• Fabrizio Reggiani
Partner at Severino Penalisti Associati LLP

Project Experts:

• Prof. Antonio Gullo
VIRTEU National Expert for Italy
Full Professor of Criminal Law at University LUISS Guido Carli 

• Dr. Pietro Maria Sabella 
Postdoctoral Researcher at University LUISS Guido Carli 

• Dr. Rossella Sabia
Postdoctoral Researcher at University LUISS Guido Carli 
Postdoctoral Global Fellow at NYU School of Law

• Dr. Pietro Sorbello 
Colonel of Guardia di Finanza 
Adjunct Professor in Criminal Law at University of Teramo

Dr. Donato Vozza 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehampton


The first session of the workshop was devoted to the exploration of the following topics:

•  The phenomenon of tax crimes;

•  The complexity of the legal system and adequacy of the legal definitions;

•  The potential deficiencies of the legal system;

•  The sectoral vulnerabilities to fraud and corruption in the area of taxation.​


Interactive Table of Contents

  • Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Costantino Grasso

  • Topic 1: The phenomenon of tax crime in Italy

  • Topic 2: National and Transnational tax crime practices

  • Topic 4: Complexity of the Italian taxation system

  • Topic 5: Complexity and adequacy of Italian criminal law

  • Topic 6: Actions against tax crimes

  • Topic 7: Leniency procedures, amnisties, exemptions.

  • Topic 8: Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)

  • Topic 9: Effectiveness and deterrence of enforcement

  • Topic 10: Sectors most vulnerable to tax crimes

Select Opinions and Arguments

To be included. 


The second session of the workshop offered a special focus on the following topics:

• The role of professionals as enablers of economic crime;

• Institutional corruption and undue influence on the political decision-making process;

• Effectiveness and limits of investigative powers and anti-tax crime/corruption strategies;

• Attribution of corporate criminal liability and settlement procedures;

• The relevance of whistleblowing and whistleblowers protection.


Interactive Table of Contents

  • Topic 1: Enablers and facilitators of tax crimes

  • Topic 2: Revolving Door Phenomenon

  • Topic 2: Undue influence on the political process

  • Topic 3: Adequacy of investigative powers and resources

  • Topic 4: Investigating corporate actors

  • Topic 5: Liability of legal entities for tax crimes

  • Topic 6: The role of whistleblowers in fighting tax crimes
  • Topic 7: Developing solutions to fight tax crimes

Select Opinions and Arguments

To be included.