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Costantino Grasso

Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University

Dr Costantino Grasso is Senior Lecturer in Law at Coventry University and Global Module Leader for Corporate Governance and Ethics at the University of London. He is an expert in corporate social responsibility, business ethics, corporate governance and financial crime. He is also a member of the Society for Business Ethics (USA).

He has served as a consultant, advisor, and lecturer on topics related to those matters for international organizations as well as national governments, academic institutions, and firms in Europe and North America. He has been appointed as an international expert in the area of corruption and good governance by the Council of Europe (Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law).

Dr Costantino Grasso holds a LLB (Hons.), PgD, LLM and PhD in internationalization of criminal law policies and corporate crime. Prior to joining Coventry University, he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Business Management and Law at the University of East London and as a Research Associate at Queen Mary, University of London.

In 2015 he served as a corporate governance and compliance specialist for the Serious Fraud Office in London participating in the first-ever English Deferred Prosecution Agreement. On that occasion, he was awarded as a member of the case team the 2017 UK Government Legal Department’s Prosecutor of the Year Award.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University
  • –present
    Global Module Leader for Corporate Governance and Ethics, University of London International Programmes
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer in Business Management and Law, University of East London
  • 2014–2016
    Visiting Researcher, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2015–2016
    Higher Executive Officer / Financial Crime and Compliance Specialist, Serious Fraud Office, Bribery and Corruption Division


  • 2014 
    Queen Mary, University of London, LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • 2013 
    University of Naples, Italy, PhD in Criminal Law and Transnational Criminal Law
  • 2000 
    University of Naples, Italy, Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree


  • 2018
    Fighting Fraud and Corruption at the World Bank A Critical Analysis of the Sanctions System, Springer International
  • 2017
    The Dark Side of Power: Corruption and Bribery within the Energy Sector, in Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy, Edward Elgar
  • 2016
    Peaks and Troughs of the English Deferred Prosecution Agreement: The Lesson Learned from the DPA between the SFO and ICBC SB Plc, Journal of Business Law
  • 2016
    Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives , Edward Elgar
  • 2015
    The European Union and its energy security challenges, Oxford Journal of World Energy Law and Business
  • 2013
    The European Arrest Warrant under the Scrutiny of the Italian Constitutional Court, New Journal of European Criminal Law
  • 2013
    European Arrest Warrant, Oxford Bibliographies in International Law

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the BAR Association of Napoli, Italy
  • Member of the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales