Elia Minari

Lawyer and writer,
expert on anti-mafia,
anti-corruption and organized crime,
course coordinator.


Graduated, Magna Cum Laude, in Law from the University of Bologna (five-year Integrated Master of Arts in Law), with a thesis on Criminal Procedure. He was awarded by the Rector of the University of Bologna for the «excellent results».

After graduating in law, he continued his studies by undergoing a Postgraduate Specialization and biennial Master’s Degree at Bocconi University in Milan and at the University of Pavia.

He passed the exam to practice as an attorney.

[He is the founder of “Cortocircuito”, anti-mafia and anti-corruption NGO, founded in 2009.]

He spoke at international congresses, such as the United Nations Commission on crime prevention and criminal justice (CCPCJ), the conference of the parties to the United Nations convention against transnational organized crime (UNTOC), the annual congress of the International Bankers Forum and speeches at the European Parliament.

He is the author of the book “Guardare la mafia negli occhi”, on the theme of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Northern Italy, including a preface written by the National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor. The book collects part of the investigations carried out by Elia Minari for eight consecutive years.

He also contributed to other books.

[In the photo: one of Elia Minari’s book presentations in Germany.]

For the past 14 years he has been carrying out investigations that were used, as evidence, in court against the ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Northern Italy.

Some of his investigations were used in the maxi-trial “Aemilia”, the largest anti-mafia trial in Northern Italy. In 2018, during the last hearing of the ordinary procedure of the maxi-trial, a defendant of “Aemilia” said some harsh words against him; the accused was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

In addition,  one of his investigations was mentioned in the first paragraph of the official report regarding the dissolution of Brescello Town Council, the first municipality dissolved due to mafia infiltrations in Emilia-Romagna region. Some of his investigations were used in court by the Anti-Mafia Prosecutor of Bologna.

After carrying out these investigations, Elia Minari collaborated with prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.

[In the photos: interviews with Italian national TV.]


[In the photo: Elia Minari during a seminar at Europol, the European intelligence and police agency.]

He has been interviewed by several foreign newspapers and TV stations (in Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, etc.).
In addition, he gave interviews to the main Italian national media (Tg1, Tg2, Tg3, La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, in-depth broadcasts of Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3, etc.).

[In the photo: interview on France‘s national TV.]

[In one of the main national newspapers of Germany.]

[Elia Minari on the front page of a Swiss newspaper.]

He has participated as a speaker in over 320 conferences and public meetings.

He has been invited by universities, city councils, police headquarters, courts and other bodies, in Italy and abroad, to hold conferences and training events.

He is the coordinator of the Permanent Observatory on Legality at the University of Parma, since 2019.

In addition, he is responsible for the course “Prevention of and fight against corruption and organized crime”, in collaboration with the Regional Council. Lawyers and public managers also attended the course and earned continuing education credits.

The course also includes training days in Brussels and The Hague, organized and directed by Elia Minari, at the main institutions and agencies of the European Union.


He lectures in the Master of Science in “Criminology for investigation and security” of the University of Bologna.

He is the manager and teacher of some training courses organized by the Italian Bar Association. In addition, he has held training seminars for public managers and administrators, the Order of Journalists and other professionals.

He is responsible for projects at the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region, since 2015, on the theme of the prevention of and fight against organized crime and corruption. Over the past seven years, he has coordinated projects involving hundreds of people at the regional headquarters in Bologna.

He was invited to speak and give his expert advice on the mafia phenomenon at the Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission.

He is the founder and coordinator of “Cortocircuito”, anti-mafia and anti-corruption NGO, founded in 2009. Thanks to his commitment, “Cortocircuito” is the most awarded anti-mafia association in Northern Italy.


In 2014, the President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso awarded Elia Minari the “Premio Scomodo” on the occasion of the 20th National Anti-Mafia Summit. In 2015, the Treccani Encyclopedia Institute named him one of the 10 most influential people of the year.

In 2016, the president of the National Press Federation gave him the “Articolo 21” award. In addition, he received the “Iustitia” award from the University of Calabria (2014) and the “Resistenza” prize, awarded by Salvatore Borsellino (2015).

In 2018 he received six awards: the “Francese” international prize in Palermo; the “Piersanti Mattarella” award, in memory of the brother of the President of the Republic, who was killed by the mafia; the “Anita Garibaldi” award from the Order of Journalists and the Giuseppe Garibaldi Foundation; the “Angelo Vassallo prize in memory of the mayor who was killed in a mafia attack in 2010; the “Zappalà” prize in Messina and the “Testimone” prize in memory of policeman Tiziano Granata.

In 2019 he was awarded the “Primo Tricolore” for the investigations he had been carrying out since 2009. The award ceremony was held at the historic Sala del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, in which the Italian flag was born.




[Attorney’s robe.]