Dr Ilaria Zavoli

Dr Ilaria Zavoli


I became a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law in April 2018.

Previously, I have been a Research Fellow at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology of the University of Sussex, working on a British Academy funded project about money laundering in the UK real estate market. I also completed my PhD at the School of Law of the University of Leeds with a research project on in absentia proceedings in international criminal justice.

I hold a Law Degree cum laude and a Postgraduate Specialization Diploma in Law cum laude from the University of Bologna. I also hold an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law (specialisation international criminal law) from Leiden University.


  • Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Law

Research interests

My research interests lie in international criminal law, international law, and criminal law. I am particularly interested in all aspects of international criminal justice, prosecution of international crimes before both international and national courts, transitional justice mechanisms, anti-money laundering legislation (especially with reference to the real estate market), the use of new technologies (e.g. cryptocurrencies) for money laundering purposes.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD International Criminal Law - University of Leeds
  • Adv. LL.M. Public International Law, specialization International Criminal Law - Leiden University
  • Postgraduate Specialization Diploma in Law - University of Bologna
  • Law Degree - University of Bologna

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the HEA

Student education

My teaching experience covers UG and PG modules:

Foundations of Law (LAW1200)

Criminal Law (LAW1260)

International Human Rights Law (LAW2142)

International Law (LAW2146)

New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice (LAW5005M)

International Criminal Law (LAW5146M)

Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice (LAW5301M)

Postgraduate Legal Reseach Skills (LAW5662M)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>