The new era of smuggling in the Mediterranean sea


The Project “The New Era of Smuggling in the Mediter- ranean Sea” (NESMeS) intends to better understand the in- teractions between different kinds of illicit traffics (e.g. human trafficking, drugs trafficking and cigarette smug- gling) committed by organized criminality within the Me- diterranean Sea, with specific regards to 5 Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece and in the general framework of EU.

The research is carried out by a team of Scholars and Professors of the University of Palermo: Prof. Vincenzo Mi- litello (Project Leader), Prof. Alessandro Spena, Prof. Licia Siracusa and Prof. Annalisa Mangiaracina, together with three Research Post-Doc Fellows, Valentina Punzo, Ric- cardo Omodei and Salvatore Orlando.

In order to widen the research and collect materials and experiences, the cycle of seminar will convene international experts and prominent academics and scholars. The semi- nars will allow the project team to better understand the dif- ferent approaches to the issues and to discuss with different points of view the first research-outcomes.

In order to sign up to the cycle of seminars, please send an e-mail to nesmes. before 25.02.2019 (object Iscri- zione ciclo seminari 2019) with your name and university ID. Seminar venue will be Aula Circolare A.A. Romano (Second Floor).



• Manuel Cancio Melia, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid • Izabella Cooper, Frontex
• Mirentxu Corcoy, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
• Juan Carlos Hortal, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

• Antonio La Spina, LUISS, Rome
• Teresa Manso, Freiburg and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya • Anabela Miranda Rodriguez, Universidade de Coimbra
• Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University, London
• John Vervaele, Utrecht Law School
• Till Bettels, Prosecutor’s Office, Offenburg, Germany
• Benjamin Vogel, Freiburg
• Sigfried Wittwer, Customs Office, Germany


Antonio Balsamo, Permanent Representative to United Nations, Wien | Alessandro Carrozzo, Colonel, Financial Police, Palermo | Lucilla Cassarino, Customs and Border Protection Office, Palermo | Francesco Del Grosso, Police Officer, Palermo | Giuseppe Di Chiara, University of Palermo | Roberto Conti, Court of Cassation, Rome | Calogero Ferrara, Prosecutor’s Office, Palermo | Claudia Ferrari, Prosecutor’s Office, Palermo | Federica La Chioma, Prosecutor’s Office, Palermo | Paola Maggio, University of Palermo | Lucia Parlato, University of Palermo | Simona Ragazzi, Preliminary investigation Judge, Catania | Giorgia Righi, Prosecutor’s Office, Palermo | Dario Scaletta, Prosecutor’s Office, Palermo | Cosmo Virgilio, Colonel, Financial Police, Palermo |