Mr Vitaliano ESPOSITO
21.11.2008-: Chief Public Prosecutor at the Court of
2002-2008: Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor at the
Court of Cassation
1997-2002: Legal Adviser to the Italian Government;
co-agent of the Italian Government before the
European Court of Human Rights
1992-1997: Member of the prosecution service at the
Court of Cassation
1988-1997: Adviser to the Legal Office of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1988-1989: President of the Juvenile Court of
1972-1988: Rapporteur and Member of the first
Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation
1972-1978: Adviser to the Legal Office of the
Ministry of Justice - General Directorate for Jails
and Institutes for Criminal Matters
1968-1972: District Attorney at the Juvenile Court
Member of ECRI in respect of Italy.
Served as an ad hoc judge at the European Court of
Former member of the European Committee for the
Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment.
Former head of the Italian delegation to the Council
of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights.
Former member of the Bureau of the European
Committee for Crime Problems.
Chairman of several other expert committees,
including the Select Committee on Violence in
Involved in the drafting of several Council of
Europe Conventions, including Protocol Nos 11 and 14
of the European Convention of Human Rights, and
Committee of Ministers’ resolutions and
Head of the Italian delegation to the Diplomatic
Conference on the Statute of the International
Criminal Court (New York, 1992-1998).
Awarded Ministry of Justice Honour Diploma of second
degree for social redemption because of his work on
the re-education and rehabilitation of prisoners,
inmates, and maladjusted minors, and on assistance
to convicts released from prison (Decree of the
Minister of Justice of 27 April 1973).
Authored more than sixty publications. The most
i) The role of the national judge for the
protection of human rights, in Trial of
Reasonable Length, Reports of the Supreme
Council of Jurisdiction, 2000, n°113, pages 417-470
and in Giurisprudenza italiana, 2001, pages
ii) The origin of the Italian fair trial crisis,
in Documenti giustizia, 2000, col. 1-44;
iii) The challenge of Association for fair
trials, in La Magistratura, n° 1 of 2000,
iv) For the history of the European Committee for
Crime Problems, in Reports of Social Defence,
1999, pages 67-765;
v) The harmonisation of criminal law and European
judicial co-operation, in Stranieri, n° I
of 1996, pages 73-79;
vi) Ne bis in idem (national, EU, international)
in Case-law evolution and Supreme Court decisions,
1993, pages 309-335;
vii) Practical implementation of principles of
the European Convention of Human Rights in the
Italian criminal trial, in Documenti
giustizia, 1992, pages 1057-1079 and in Arch.
Pen. 1992, pages 513-538.