University of Florence School of Law,1989, Ph.D. in Criminal Law
University of Modena School of Law, 1982, Laurea in giurisprudenza (J.D.), summa cum laude
Michele Papa is full professor of Criminal law and of Comparative Criminal law at the University of Florence. He has been the Dean of the Law School (2006-2009) and Vice President of the University from 2009 to 2011. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University (Florence Campus, 2014, 2016), Columbia Law School (fall semester 2013 and 2011) and at Georgetown University in Washington DC (fall 2003); academic visitor at King’s College (London 1995) and at De Paul University College of Law (Chicago 1984-1986).
Among his most relevant publications, in Italian, “Fantastic Voyage. Attraverso la specialità del diritto penale (Giappichelli publisher, Torino, 2016)”, “ La tutela penale del patrimonio nel diritto anglo-americano” ( Giappichelli publisher, Torino, 2013) and the "Lezioni di diritto penale comparato” (co-autor F. Palazzo, 3rd edition, Giappichelli publisher, Torino, 2013 ) books , the book on “multiple punishment of criminal conducts” (Le qualificazioni giuridiche multiple, Giappichelli publisher, Torino, 1997) and many articles and essays, such as, in recent years, those on Federalization of Criminal Law in the US (2014), Criminal Complicity (2013), Single or multiple offenses (2013), Comparative Criminal Law (2012), Crimes against property (2011), Enemy Criminal Law (2009). He is co- director of the Italian major Criminal Law treatise “Trattato di diritto penale” (UTET publisher, Torino); he is member of the editorial board of the Law review Criminalia and co-director of the law books Series “Quaderni di diritto comparato, internazionale ed europeo” (Giappichelli publisher, Torino).
His present research interests focus on the Theory of Comparative Criminal Law, on Narrative, Metaphor and the Criminal law, and on the development of Criminal responsibility paradigms in the social and normative context. He has been scientific consultant for the UN and the European Union Commission.
At Miami Law he teaches Images of Evil in Criminal Law.