Stella Law firm continues in associate form the professional activity started in the field of criminal law, from the end of the Seventies, by Federico Stella, Lawyer and Full Professor of Criminal Law, for over thirty years, at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
Born in a small village in the Treviso area, Sernaglia della Battaglia, in 1935, Federico Stella completed his high school studies at the Collegio S. Pio X in Treviso, graduating in 1953.
He won a scholarship to the Catholic University and moved to Milan, where he graduated in law in 1958.
He then devoted himself to scientific research, and in 1966 he was awarded a free teaching post in criminal law. He won his first criminal law competition in 1970. He taught for two years at the University of Catania and was then called to the Catholic University, at the first chair of criminal law, which he held until his untimely death in July 2006.
As Director of an important series of criminology, criminal policy and criminal law
Federico Stella has also directed an important series of criminology, criminal policy and criminal law, paved the way for the circulation of foreign works of extraordinary importance in Italy, above all “La funzione della pena: il commiato da Kant e da Hegel” [“The purpose of the punishment: the leave from kant to Hegel”] and “Pena e retribuzione: la riconciliazione tradita” [“Sentence and compensation: the betrayed reconciliation”]. The first one is a collection of essays on the problem of evil and against the idea of retribution of punishment. The latter is written by the Austrian theologian Eugen Wiesnet who, through a modern exegesis of Biblical sources – which is opposed to a secular interpretation – illustrates the idea of divine justice as “justice of the first step”.
The collaboration with Alberto Crespi and Giuseppe Zuccalà
Finally, together with Alberto Crespi and Giuseppe Zuccalà, he directed the “Commentario Breve del Codice Penale” [Brief analysis of the Penal Code”] (Padua, V ed., 2008), and carried out for many years an intense professional activity, playing a leading role in some of the most important events in Italian judicial history (from the Banco Ambrosiano crash to the Stava disaster, from the “Mani Pulite” investigation to the trial on the Petrolchimico of Porto Marghera).
We are what we do repeatedly: excellence, therefore, is not an action, but a habit.