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 is the Chairperson of the Uncitral Working Group on electronic commerce.
She is the President of the Bank Foundation “Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna”.
She is a member of the Supervisory Board of the “Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A.” in accordance with D.Lgs. (legislative decree) no. 231 of 8th June 2001 and she has been the Chairperson of the Supervisory Board in 2016.
In May, 2016, she has been appointed Member of the Board of Statutory Auditors of the “Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A.”
She is a member of the Editorial Staff Committee of the scientific paper “Contratto e impresa” and of the Editorial Staff Committee of the scientific paper “Diritto Mercato Tecnologia”.
She is director of the area “Subjects and new technologies” of the “Giustizia civile” review.
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).
She has been designated as the Italian representative at Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) of the European Commission Project Group on e-Health.
Prof. Finocchiaro is the author of many publications in the field of Computer law and Internet law, among which: Diritto dell’Informatica (Computer Law), with F. Delfini, Utet, Torino, 2014, 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, I. Keer – V. Steeves – C. Lucock (edited by), Oxford Press, 2009; Diritto di Internet (Internet Law), Zanichelli, 2008, 2nd ed.; Personal Data Protection in the Workplace in Reasonable Expectations of Privacy?, Corien Prins, Berend de Vries, Sjaak Nouwt (editors), T.M.C. Asser Press, 2005; Comments on art. 1-2-4-5 of the directive 2000/31/EC, in Concise European IT Law, Alfred B¸llesbach, Yves Poullet, Corien Prins (editor), 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 (Prof. F. Galgano, general editor).
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 (Prof. F. Galgano, general editor), Cedam, 2008; Commercio elettronico (Electronic Commerce), with Prof. E. Tosi and Prof. C. Rossello (co-editors), Giappichelli, 2007, in Trattato di Diritto Privato (Prof. M. Bessone, general editor); Anonimato (Anonymity) and Identità personale (diritto alla) (Right to Personal Identity), in Digesto delle discipline privatistiche, with Iannarelli-Rook Basile-Sacco-Scala, 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.
Giulia Giapponesi is a graduate in Communication Studies. She has so far focused her professional training in the field of audiovisual communication.
Since 2004 she has worked as video editor and assistant editor in well-known Italian television and cinema studios (Metamorphosis for MTV Italy, Nauta Film for RAI Fiction, Maxman). In the same period, along with her training as video editor, she has also acquired photography and videomaking skills that she has put to use on independent projects.
She has made anthropological documentaries for a social non-profit making organization. In 2006 she was in Ecuador filming glue-addicted street children in Santo Domingo De Los Colorados. The documentary proved to be a decisive fund-raising tool for the construction of a social centre for street children. In the same year she made a video and photo documentary about the fishing port of El-Max, on the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt. This project was carried out for Going Public 06, a geographical project sponsored by the Formigine Town Council and the Museo d’Arte Sociale e Territoriale, Milan.
In 2007 together with Anna Ferraro she completed Cairocities, a video and photo documentary reportage on the city of Cairo, which was presented to the IUAV in Venice as part of the New City Territories project, in collaboration with the Biennale of contemporary art. In February of the same year she directed and coordinated the “Experimental Digital Short Film Course” sponsored by the Formigine Town Council. Since then, she has occasionally collaborated with the Formigine Town Council on communications projects.
In 2009 she won the competition organized by the Cineteca and the Bologna City Council for the best public utility short about violence on women.
She is passionate about new media forms and is a daily contributor to the blogosphere, with particular interest for topics connected to the socio-economic effects of Web 2.0 and the copyright debate. She examined this subject in greater depth in her graduation thesis on free music distribution in the peer-to-peer era.
Since 2010 she has been consultant for companies, associations and professionals in the field of web contents and corporate videos.
She is in charge of communications and editing blogs for the Finocchiaro Law Firm.