The Centre for European Legal Studies on Macro-Crime focuses on the legal aspects relating to the fight against “macro-crime”, a notion ranging from core crimes – such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression – to crimes entailing grave breaches of fundamental rights, crimes linked to immigration and organized, mafia-type, terrorist and transnational crime, from economic crime to environmental and food crime.
Macrocrimes was established at the Department of Law of the University of Ferrara in November 2018, within the framework of a project leading to its acknowledgment as one of the best Departments in Italy in terms of research quality ( “Dipartimenti di eccellenza”). The Centre optimises the resources and competences of the Department of Law and the University of Ferrara in this field, as well as developing networks with scholars, organizations and institutions involved in the fight against macro-crime and in the protection of fundamental rights at local, national, European and international level. It also promotes the dissemination of knowledge and expertise within the academic community, and among the general public as well, with the aim of raising awareness about the fight against organized crime and macro-crime in all its forms (see Art. 2 of the Statute [link]).