Ernesto Savona

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Professor Ernesto Savona is the Director of Transcrime, a collaborative research group between the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and the University of Trento.1
Savona has been Professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore since 2003.2 Prior to his present role, he was Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law at the University of Trento from 1986 to 2002.

Respected Expert

According to his profile on the Transcrime website, Savona has held a number of high profile roles.

* … to the United Nations, Council of Europe, the European Union and various national governments.

* In May 1998, the British Presidency of the European Union, implementing a recommendation of the Action Plan against Organised Crime, invited him among other “eminent European academics” to deliver a paper on the present situation of organised crime in Europe.

* In 2012, he became a member of the EU Commission experts group on “Policy Needs for Data on Crime & Criminal Justice” and was appointed for the next five years. Together with five other internationally renowned experts, Savona will be consulted for the definition of Community policies, which aims to give policy makers a better comprehension of the impact and effects of Community interventions on the criminal phenomena.

Project Director

* From 1990 to 1994, he was visiting fellow and project director at the National Institute of Justice, Research Centre of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington D.C, where he was manager of two projects on organised crime and international money laundering.


* He has been a visiting professor at the Yale Law School, Oxford (Wolfson College) and Cambridge (Dept. of Criminology) and is an honorary fellow of Cardiff University.

Received Funding from Philip Morris International

In 2011, Transcrime received funding from Philip Morris International (PMI) for three PhD studentships in Criminology.3
Later in 2012, Transcrime produced three reports for PMI which suggested that regulation such as Packaging plain packaging, if passed, would increase the illicit trade in tobacco products.456

* On the first two days of October 2012, Professor Savona and a colleague from Transcrime, Dr Francesco Calderoni met with PMI executives in Lausanne “to discuss the research activities developed by Transcrime.”7

* In May 2013, Calderoni attended a Stakeholder Workshop “The EU’s Illegal Tobacco Market” organised by Euractiv with the support of PMI.8

Speaker at Tobacco Industry Event

In 2015, Savona was an invited speaker at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum, an annual tobacco industry event previously known as the Global Tobacco Networking Forum.9 See also:

TobaccoTactics Resources

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  1. Transcrime, About Us, accessed October 2014
  2. Transcrime, Ernesto Savona, accessed October 2014
  3. Transcrime, Projects 2011, accessed August 2013
  4. F. Calderoni, E. U. Savona, S.Solmi. Crime proofing the policy options for the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive: Proofing the policy options under consideration for revision of EU Directive 2001/37/EC against the risks of unintended criminal opportunities, Transcrime, January 2012, accessed August 2013
  5. Transcrime, Analysis of the draft protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products, March 2012, accessed August 2013
  6. Transcrime, Plain packaging and illicit trade in the UK: Study on the risks of illicit trade in tobacco products as unintended consequences of the introduction of plain packaging in the UK, May 2012, accessed August 2013
  7. Transcrime, Contributes & News, 2012 Timeline, accessed August 2013
  8. EurActiv, supported by Philip Morris International, The EU’s illegal tobacco market: The problem, the consequences and effective solutions, Stakeholder Workshop: Brussels, 15 May 2013, accessed August 2013
  9. Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum, Look Who’s Talking. GTNF 2015: Voices from ‘The Square’, GTNF 2015, accessed February 2017