Dr Costantino Grasso is Associate Professor (Reader) in Business and Law at Manchester Law School 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.
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.
As of June 2018, Dr Costantino Grasso 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 – Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (Tender 2017/AO/51). In this capacity he has participated in several international missions focused on fighting economic crime and fostering integrity in both the public and private sector, liaising with judges, prosecutors, investigators and government representatives of various countries (e.g., Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Montenegro).
In recognition of his work on financial crime issues, the European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has recently granted him external funding for VIRTEU, which is an eighteen-month (April 2020 – September 2021) innovative and high-profile legal research project including both an interdisciplinary and a comparative approach, and is aimed at exploring the interconnections between tax crimes and corruption.
He has been also included in the “Knowledge Hub” of the international NGO Transparency International in recognition of his international efforts and knowledge gained in the area of anti-corruption.
A complete academic profile is available on his faculty webpage.