Paola Severino is Vice President of Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome with a mandate for internationalization, having formerly served as Rector from 2016 to 2018. She is Professor of Criminal Law and President of the Scientific Council of the Luiss School of Law. Since 2018, she is Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption. From November 2011 to April 2013 she served as Italy's Minister of Justice in the Cabinet led by Mario Monti. She was the first woman appointed Minister of Justice in Italy. She is a criminal law lawyer on the Roll of solicitors of Rome since 1975.