Dr Costantino Grasso is Assistant Professor in Law at Coventry University and Global MBA 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 has served as a consultant, advisor, and lecturer on topics related to those matters for the European Union and Council of Europe 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. He is the editor in chief of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog and member of the Society of Business Ethics (USA).

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).

Being qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a lawyer in Italy, he has always combined academic activities with legal practice. In 2014, he worked as a corporate governance and compliance specialist for the Serious Fraud Office participating in the first-ever U.K. Deferred Prosecution Agreement between that prosecuting body and ICBC Standard Bank Plc, which concerned a complex case of transnational bribery. On that occasion, he received an award for the substantial input into the success of the agreement and, on 23 November 2016, he was awarded as a member of the case team the UK Government Legal Department's Prosecutor of the Year Award. Although he did not accept the role due to the impracticality of serving judicial functions abroad, on 19 July 2017 he was appointed by the Italian Ministry of Justice as an honorary judge at the Court of Turin.

Selected publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals  

Peaks and Troughs of the English Deferred Prosecution Agreement: The Lesson Learned from the DPA between the SFO and ICBC SB Plc,’ Journal of Business Law, Issue 5, 2016, pp. 388-408.  


(with Stefano Manacorda) Fighting Fraud and Corruption at the World Bank: A Critical Analysis of the Sanctions System (Springer 2018) pp. 1-215.  

Book chapters      

Corruption in World Bank-Financed Development Projects: A Phenomenon-Focused Examination,’ in Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation (Routledge: Lorenzo Pasculli and Nicholas Ryder eds., 2019) pp. 258-276.  

The Dark Side of Power: Corruption and Bribery within the Energy Sector,’ in Research Handbook on EU Energy Law and Policy (Edward Elgar: Rafael Leal-Arcas and Jan Wouters eds. 2017) pp. 237-256.  

Articles in blogs, non-peer reviewed journals and newspapers   

The European Court of Justice as a bastion of democracy and rule of law,’ openDemocracy (2018)  

‘Debate on corporate corruption in light of the 24-year sentence imposed to Park Guen-Hye in South Korea,’ (2018), The Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog  

‘Three thoughts on corporate corruption in the wake of the Samsung’s heir release from prison,’ (2018), The Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog  

‘The Dark Side of Power: The drivers of corporate corruption in the energy sector,’ (2018), The Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog  

We must do better to protect journalists like Daphne Caruana Galizia,’ The Conversation, (2017)    

Lessons from Samsung and S. Korea in cracking down on corruption,’ The Conversation, (2017)  

US Republicans give the oil industry what it wants – less transparency,’ The Conversation, (2017)    

South Korea’s scandal reignites the global debate on corruption,’ The Conversation, (2016)

Related Publications

Monitoring Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Resource Guide

  • sustainable development goals
  • sdg
  • sdg 16
  • sdg 16.5
  • sdg 3
  • sdg 4
  • sdg 5
  • sdg 6
  • sdg 13
  • shadow reporting
  • monitoring corruption
  • indicators

Civil society budget monitoring

  • civil society
  • budget monitoring

Successful anti-corruption reforms

Speaking Up Safely: Civil Society Guide to Whistleblowing in the Middle East and North Africa

  • whistleblower protection
  • whistleblowing
  • mena
  • middle east
  • north africa

Consecuencias de la Corrupcion en Terminos de Crecimiento y Desigualdad

  • private sector
  • economic growth

Costantino Grasso


Coventry University

Professional Title

Assistant Professor in Law


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