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Federico Stella

Born in 1935 in a small town near Treviso (Sernaglia della Battaglia), Federico Stella was a high school student at Pio X Collegium in Treviso, where he finishes the high school studies in 1953.
He wins a Fellowship at Università Cattolica and he moves to Milan, where he graduates in Law in 1958.
He dedicated the following years to scientific research and in 1966 he becomes Professor in criminal law. He becomes the first elected faculty member in criminal law in 1970. He teaches criminal law for two years in Catania and then in 1972 he goes back to Milan, where he will be the Appointed Professor of Criminal law until his premature death in 2006.

Directing an important editorial series in criminal law, criminology and criminal policy

Federico Stella also directed an important editorial series in criminal law, criminology and criminal policy, which made it possible to bring in Italy important foreign books such as the Commiatum from Kant and Hegel - a collection of essays on the problem of Evil and against the retributive nature of criminal law - or the contribution of Austrian Theologist Eugen Wiesnet, who developed the idea of the divine justice as the justice of "first step".

Collaboration with Alberto Crespi and Giuseppe Zuccalà

Together with Albero Crespi and Giuseppe Zuccalà prof. Federico Stella also directed the "Commentary to the criminal code" (Padua, 5th ed., 2008) and worked as a lawyer in several high profile trials in the judicial history of Italy, such as the Banco Ambrosiano crack, the Stava dam disaster, the "Mani Pulite" corruption trial, the trial against the Petrochemical plant of Porto Marghera).
Publications and papers
Federico Stella's bibliography is huge: among his most important publications, his books "Scientific laws and causal explanation in criminal law" (Milan, 2nd edition, 2000) and "Justice and Modernity" (Milano, 3rd edition, 2003) are considered real milestones of the current scientific and academic debate in criminal law, together with the volume "Justice and injustices" (Bologna, 2006), which includes his last and more suffered thoughts on the problem of the Evil and the possible answers by criminal law.

In addition, the volume "Justice and Modernity" is remarkable also because it represents the first volume of the Series entitled "The Themes of modernity", ideated and directed by Federico Stella, which allowed - with the contribution of many other scientists and academics - to deal with the most important topics of crimina law in the contemporary debate.

More recently, with the volume entitled "The knowing by judges", Federico Stella dealt with the relationship between causation and the reasonable doubt standard, also with the contribution of two famous american academics, such as Richard Wright and Laurence Tribe.

Such relationship was studied again by Federico Stella in another volume "Il giudice corpuscolariano", which opened the field to a new way of thinking about the evaluation of proofs and evidence in criminal law, also referring extensively to the famous publication by Alain Dershowitz entitled "Reasonable doubts".

In his memory

A few heart breaking examples
His beloved students
A life for teaching
Who teaches
justice to others
will shine forever
as a star
Graduation 2003 NYC
Students Academic year 2004
Stella Homes 4 Tsunami
Federico's war

A bit more

Homes 4 Tsnumami Project

In april 2005, Federico Stella decided to create the project  "Stella Homes 4 Tsunami" which was completed by his family after his death and allowed the reconstruction of an entire village of fisherman in Sri Lanka.
"The facts"
On December 26th 2004, Federico and Renata Stella where at Male Airport, in Maldives, when suddenly a devastating tsunami arrived and destroyed those beautiful islands.
30 houses ... 23 families
In July 2009, after another year of passion and problems, the houses were finally completed and 23 local homeless families moved in.

Federico's dream finally came true.