Profile

In March 2016 Michele Simonato joined the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE). His main research interests lie in the field of EU criminal law, asset recovery, and food law. During the last few years, he conducted a post-doctoral research project on asset recovery in the EU at the University of Luxembourg, where he also taught courses on fundamental rights, financial investigations and asset recovery, and criminal law. He has participated in international research projects on the prevention and settlement of conflicts of jurisdiction, and on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Recently he was a visiting researcher at the Georgetown University Law School (Washington DC). He holds a Ph.D. on victims’ rights and criminal procedure from the University of Genoa. He also worked in private practice and is a qualified barrister in Italy.

Scientific expertise
European criminal law
comparative criminal procedure
Enforcement of EU law
Asset recovery
fundamental rights
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All publications
  2017 - Articles
Simonato, M. (2017). Extended confiscation of Criminal Assets - Limits and Pitfalls of Minimum Harmonisation in the EU. European Current Law, 2017 (2), (pp. 153-164).
  2017 - Book parts / chapters
Simonato, M. & Ligeti, Katalin (2017). Asset Recovery in the EU: Towards a Comprehensive Enforcement Model beyond Confiscation?. In Katalin Ligeti & Michele Simonato (Eds.), Chasing Criminal Money - Challenges and Perspectives on Asset Recovery in the EU (pp. 1-21). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  2017 - Book editorship
Simonato, M. & Ligeti, Katalin (2017). Chasing Criminal Money - Challenges and Perspectives on Asset Recovery in the EU. (400 p.). Hart Publishing.
  2017 - Websites / portals
  2017 - Lectures
M. Simonato (03.03.2017). Hercule III - Exchange of information between OLAF and other enforcement authorities.
M. Simonato (15.02.2017). Lectures within the Master course on 'financial and banking crimes and enforcement' (University of Luxembourg). Asset Recovery in the EU.
M. Simonato (28.04.2017). Non-Conviction-Based Confiscation in the European Union: Harmonisation and Cooperation in a Multi-Level Legal Order. International Symposium on Non-Conviction Based Confiscation.
  2016 - Articles
Simonato, M. (2016). Extended confiscation of criminal assets: limits and pitfalls of minimum harmonisation in the EU. European Law Review, 41 (5), (pp. 727-740) (14 p.).
  2016 - Book parts / chapters
Simonato, M. & Lassalle, Maxime (2016). A fragmented approach to asset recovery and financial investigations: a threat to effective international judicial cooperation?. In Zlata Durdevic & Elizabeta Ivicevic Karas (Eds.), European Criminal Procedure Law in Service of Protection of European Union Financial Interests: State of Play and Challenges (pp. 133-152). Zagreb: Croatian Association of European Criminal Law.
Simonato, M. (2016). Defence guarantees in cross-border investigations conducted by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office: an improvement on the status quo?. In V. Bazzocchi (Eds.), Eppo and Olaf investigations: the judicial review and procedural guarantees (pp. 136-143). Rome - Fondazione Basso: Fondazione Basso and OLAF.
Simonato, M. (2016). Minors as Victims of Cross-border Trafficking of Human Beings in the European Union. In T. Birckhead & S. Mouthaan (Eds.), The Future of Juvenile Justice - Procedure and Practice from a Comparative Perspective (pp. 197-230). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.
  2016 - Book reviews
Simonato, M. & Marletta, Angelo (2016). Le sfide della cooperazione internazionale nell'era digitale - Report on the conference 'Mutual Legal Assistance in the Digital Age: Problems, Challenges, Solutions for Criminal Justice'. Cassazione Penale, (pp. 1235-1239).
  2016 - Websites / portals
  2016 - Lectures
M. Simonato (04.11.2016). ERA Seminar: Recent case law of the European Court of Human Rights in Criminal Matters, Strasbourg. Fair trial, presumption of innocence, equality of arms.
M. Simonato (23.06.2016). ERA summer school on European criminal justice. The EU legal framework on freezing and confiscation of assets.
M. Simonato (20.06.2016). Extended confiscation: what link with criminal conduct?. Strengthening the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders in the EU.
M. Simonato (23.09.2016). Special report on the EU dimension of 'food criminal law'. AIDP International Colloquium on food regulation and criminal justice.
M. Simonato (14.04.2016). The investigative powers of the EU Commission in competition law. Hercule III - Improving OLAFs investigative framework.

Publications (until 2015):

Books:

  • M. Simonato, Deposizione della vittima e giustizia penale. Una lettura del sistema italiano alla luce del quadro europeo, Wolters Kluwer - Cedam, 2014, p. I-162 (English title: Hearing victims in criminal proceedings: a reading of the Italian system against the European light).

Contributions to collective books:

  • K. Ligeti – M. Simonato, ‘Multidisciplinary investigations into offences against the financial interests of the EU: a quest for an integrated enforcement concept’, in F. Galli and A. Weyembergh (eds.), Do labels still matter? Blurring boundaries between administrative and criminal law. The influence of the EU, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2014, p. 81-94.

Articles:

  • M. Simonato, ‘Directive 2014/42/EU and non-conviction based confiscation: a step forward on asset recovery?’, in New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol. 6, 2015, issue 2, p. 213-228;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Mutual trust and transnational ne bis in idem: A further step made by the CJEU (C-398/12, M., 5 June 2014)’, in European Law Blog, 9 December 2014, available at: http://europeanlawblog.eu/?p=2615;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Defence Rights and the Use of Information Technology in Criminal Procedure: Young Penalists Special Report’, in International Review of Penal Law, vol. 85, 2014, 1-2, p. 261-310;
  • K. Ligeti – M. Simonato, ‘The European Public Prosecutor’s Office: Toward a Truly European Prosecution Service?’, in New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol. 4, issue 1-2, 2013, p. 7-21;
  • F. Spiezia – M. Simonato, ‘La prima direttiva UE di diritto penale sulla tratta di esseri umani’, in Cassazione penale, 2011, no. 9, p. 3197-3215;
  • M. Simonato, ‘The ‘Spontaneous Exchange of Information’ between European Judicial Authorities from the Italian Perspective’, in New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol. 2, issue 2, 2011, p. 220-229;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Il differimento del colloquio tra indagato in vinculis e difensore, tra orientamenti consolidati e interpretazione convenzionalmente orientata’, in Giurisprudenza di merito, 2011, no. 4, p. 1078-1087;
  • A. Mattei – M. Simonato, ‘Primi approdi della Cassazione italiana al Bill of Social Rights made in Europe. Uno sguardo all’europeizzazione dei diritti tra Lussemburgo e Strasburgo, passando per Lisbona’, in Europeanrights.eu - Osservatorio sul rispetto dei diritti fondamentali in Europa, 2010, n. 20, p. 1-10;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Violazione del diritto di ottenere copia delle registrazioni di comunicazioni intercettate, utilizzate ai fini dell’adozione di un provvedimento cautelare: quali conseguenze?’, in Giurisprudenza di merito, 2010, no. 6, p. 1645-1652;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Brevi note in tema di “contestazioni a catena” relative a reati permanenti’, in Giurisprudenza di merito, 2009, no. 3, p. 746-752.

Book reviews:

  • M. Simonato, ‘Luca Lupária (ed.), Lo statuto europeo delle vittime di reato. Modelli di tutela tra diritto dell’Unione e buone pratiche nazionali’, in Rivista italiana di diritto e procedura penale, 2015, issue 1, p. 536-537;
  • M. Simonato, ‘Luca Lupária (ed.), Victims and criminal justice. European standards and national good practices’, in www.penalecontemporaneo.it, 6 March 2015.

 

Conference contributions and lecturing (until 2015):

  • (November 2015) Presentation on “Victims and multiple competent jurisdictions. How to consider their interests in the forum choice?” at the Workshop “Victims in Europe: needs, rights, perspectives”, University of Luxembourg
  • (September 2015) Presentation on “National approaches to asset recovery: different procedures and labels, similar content?” at the Research seminar “Quasi-criminal enforcement mechanisms in Europe: Disentangling historical origins and concepts”, University of Luxembourg
  • (September 2015) Presentation on “What role for (alleged) victims in the forum choice?” at the 3rd Working Group Meeting of the project: Prevention and Settlement of Conflicts of Exercise of Jurisdiction in Criminal Law, Vienna, Austria
  • (June 2015) Presentation on “Freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime: making use of the new EU Directive” at the ERA Summer School on European Criminal Justice, Trier, Germany
  • (June 2015) Presentation on “Setting the scene: EU action on asset recovery” at the International Conference on “Chasing criminal money in the EU: new tools and practices?”, University of Luxembourg
  • (May 2015) Presentation on “Procedural safeguards in cross-border investigations of the EPPO” at the International Conference on “EPPO and OLAF investigations: the judicial review and procedural guarantees”, Rome, Italy
  • (May 2015) Presentation on “A fragmented approach on asset recovery and financial investigations: a threat to effective international judicial cooperation?” at the International Conference on “European criminal procedure law in service of protection of EU financial interests: state of play and challenges”, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • (March 2015) Lecture on “asset recovery in the EU” within the Master course on financial and economic crime (Prof. Nina Persak) at Ghent University
  • (March 2015) Presentation on “Ne bis in idem in criminal matters” at the Ph.D. seminar: Recent developments in Theory and Practice of EU Law, University of Luxembourg
  • (November 2014) Lecture on “Concurring jurisdictions, ne bis in idem and transfer of criminal proceedings” at the Seminar on “International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters in Practice”, European Judicial Training Network, Omšenie, Slovakia
  • (August 2014) Presentation on “The recovery of criminal assets - a complex legal issue challenging the European Union” at the IVth AIDP Symposium for Young Penalists on “Regulating Mismanagement in the Corporate Field. The Role of Criminal Law and the Financial Crisis”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • (April 2014) Presentation on “Minors as victims of cross-border human trafficking in Europe” at the Sixth Conference on the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems, University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, USA
  • (March 2014) Lecture on “Concurring jurisdictions, ne bis in idem and transfer of criminal proceedings” at the Seminar on “International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters in Practice”, European Judicial Training Network, Trier, Germany
  • (September 2013) Special report on “Defence Rights and The Use of Information Technology in Criminal Procedure” at the 19th International Congress of Penal Law (AIDP), Preparatory colloquium in Antalya, Turkey
  • (April 2011) Presentation on “The role of Eurojust in the fight against trafficking of human beings” at the International Seminar on “Criminal systems, migrations and International cooperation”, organised by the CSM (Italian Superior Council of Judiciary), Rome, Italy
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Project:
Exchange of information with EU and national enforcement authorities: Improving OLAF's legislative framework through a comparison with other EU authorities
02.01.2017 to 28.02.2018
General project description 

The project aims to analyse the OLAF’s legislative framework for the exchange of information in the pre-investigative and investigative phase; to identify legal obstacles to realise OLAF’s mandate; and to elaborate possible solutions. It makes a comparison with other EU bodies with comparable tasks (European Competition Network/ECN, the European Central Bank/ECB, and the European Securities and Markets Authority/ESMA). By analysing and comparing the interaction between EU law and national law for these authorities in six Member States (the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Italy, Hungary, and Luxembourg), it will answer the question of whether there is a need to recalibrate the OLAF legislative framework, and it will define various models for that purpose.

Role Project Leader Funding
EU grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof. Martin Böse - University of Bonn
  • dr. Anne Schneider - University of Bonn
  • prof. Peter Alldridge - Queen Mary - University of London
  • prof. Silvia Allegrezza - University of Luxembourg
  • Prof. Katalin Ligeti - University of Luxembourg
  • Dr Valentina Covolo - University of Luxembourg
  • Dr Andras Csuri - University of Vienna

Completed projects

Project:
Investigatory powers and procedural safeguards: Improving OLAF’s legislative framework through a comparison with other EU law enforcement authorities 08.03.2016 to 31.03.2017
General project description

This project aims to analyse and improve OLAF’s legislative framework for the gathering of information and evidence (investigative stage). It makes a comparison with other EU bodies with comparable tasks (European Competition Network/ECN, the European Central Bank/ECB, and the European Securities and Markets Authority/ESMA). By analysing and comparing the interaction between EU law and national law in six Member States (the Netherlands, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Poland), it will answer the question of whether there is a need to recalibrate the OLAF legislative framework, including the incorporation of procedural safeguards. 

 
Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: European Commission/OLAF
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof. Martin Böse - University of Bonn
  • dr. Anne Schneider - University of Bonn
  • prof. Peter Alldridge - Queen Mary - University of London
  • prof. Juliette Tricot - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense - Paris
  • prof. Silvia Allegrezza - University of Luxembourg
  • dr. Celina Nowak - Kozminski University - Warsaw
  • Prof. Katalin Ligeti - University of Luxembourg
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- European and International Criminal Law (Masters)

- Comparative Criminal Law (Bachelor)

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