The corporate process

Starting date
January 30, 2006
Duration (months)
Managers or local contacts
Presutti Adonella
Criminal process, Corporate crime liability, Compliance programs

With the legislation of the 8th June 2001, No. 231, Italy introduced corporate liability (covering legal personnel, societies, recognised and non-recognised associations and public economy agencies). The new law assigns relevant importance to the organisational conditions of the companies: the adoption and the performance of a suitable compliance program capable of preventing crime, the institution of a supervisor committee and of an internal disciplinary system. The measures allow the agency, in certain cases, to be absolved from responsibility or pecuniary sanctions. The innovation, the complexity and the importance of the matter imposes a great responsibility on those the decree affects to apply these measures. Through the study and the interpretation of the legislation No. 231/2001, this research intends to reach an in depth understanding of the postulates and the procedures relative to the administrative responsibility of companies and agencies for crimes committed by those, even at the highest level in the interest of or to the advantage of the legal entity. The ultimate aim is for the results to meet the requirements of both large and medium business, the credit institutions and the auditing firms as regards the setting up and implementation of the organisational models demanded by the law.


Funds: assigned and managed by the department
Syllabus: COFIN - Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale

Project participants

Silvana Strano

Collaboratori esterni

Alessandro Bernasconi
Università degli Studi di Brescia
Carlo Fiorio
Università degli Studi di Perugia
Research areas involved in the project
Criminal Procedure
Title Authors Year
Il sequestro preventivo funzionale alla confisca di valore nei rapporti tra persona fisica ed ente Lorenzetto, Elisa 2010
LA RESPONSABILITA' DEGLI ENTI. Commento articolo per articolo al d.legisl. 8 giugno 2001, n.231 Presutti, Adonella; A., Bernasconi; C., Fiorio 2008
Nota a Cass. pen., sez. un., 27 marzo 2008 (dep. 2 luglio 2008), n. 26654, Pres. Gemelli, Rel. Milo, Ric. Fisia Italimpianti s.p.a. Lorenzetto, Elisa 2008
Sequestro preventivo contra societatem per un valore equivalente al profitto del reato Lorenzetto, Elisa 2008


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