Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini


Dr Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini has been Public Prosecutor from 1996 for almost 20 years in the district of the Court of Appeal of Naples. In October 2014, he became Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

He is currently acting as coordinator of international anti-corruption activities.

Coordinator of a Task Force of Italian institutions for the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Presidency, he chaired the group in 2021 and actually, for 2023 as Co-chair.

He is also an anti-corruption delegate to the OECD Thematic Working Group since 2015 and an expert and delegate for the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC) since 2016.

Coordinator for Italy and the International Italo-Latin American Organisation (IILA) for several Italian and European technical assistance programmes called:

  1. Plan de Apoyo all’ESCA (Italian security strategy in Central America);
  2. EL PAcCTO for the fight against transnational organised crime;
  3. EUROFRONT for strengthening land border security on the Latin American continent;
  4. COPOLAD III, for combating international drug trafficking between Europe and Latin America;
  5. Falcone-Borsellino, for the fight against transnational organised crime and corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean
  6. EURESP, European Union emergency response program to strengthen Ecuador´s penitentiary

He has carried out missions in more than 30 countries and launched with the diplomatic officers of the Directorate-General for Globalisation and Global Issues a new initiative called “legal diplomacy”.

He had staged Conferences in the most important international Fora, including the 2016 World Conference on Corruption in Panama (IACC), the UNODC Congress on Asset Recovery in Addis Ababa in 2017, the OECD third meeting of the Global Network of Law

Enforcement practitioners against transnational bribery (GLEN), New technologies in transnational bribery investigations conference in 2019, the United Nations IMUN in New York in 2019, in the General Assembly Hall, the Krynica Economic Forum in 2019, the VIII and IX Italy-Latin America Conference, also participating in numerous justice and security ministerial meetings on the Latin American continent, the Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC Convention in Abu Dhabi in 2019, the Sport Integrity Global Alliance SIGA meeting on corruption and sport in Lisbon and the World Congress on Global Leadership and Anti-Corruption in Sport in Rome, the meeting of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) General Assembly against corruption (19. November 20, 2020), UNCAC COSP: Special session of the General Assembly against corruption (UNGASS 2021). Third intersessional meeting of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption on preparations for the special session of the General Assembly against corruption (February 22 and 23, 2021); Rome-Lyon Group meeting (April 20-22, 2021), Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and International Investments “Corruption and Investments: The G20 ACWG Action Plan and Other Work Streams” (May 18-19, 2021), GI-TOC at the 30th UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) Linkages between organized crime and corruption and the multilateral response “Response and G20 update” (May 20, 2021), UNGASS side event “Rule of law and Judiciary in realizing the Ungass promise June 1, 2021; Siga white paper on sport Integrity Good Governance expert group meeting (June 7, 2021), International Seminar on Penitentiary System and Human Rights in Uruguay (June 17, 2021), the Economic Forum in Karpacz “Europe in search of leadership, Europe fight corruption and Organized Crime Group” Panel The multilateral anti-corruption agenda” (September 8, 2021), MSAL State Law University in Moscow, IV International Forum “The main topic of the Forum: “Science and International Cooperation in the Context of Legal Integration” The role of the G20 ACWG in the multilateral anticorruption agenda (Sept. 13, 2021), AMLP Forum G20 Italian presidency 2021 and G7 UK Presidency 2021 new anticorruption ambition – key strategy (Oct. 13, 2021), Festival of Diplomacy “The pandemic and criminal organization” (Oct. 22, 2021), 10th Latin America Conference (Oct. 25-26, 2021), Falcone Borsellino Special Event (Oct. 25, 2021), United Nations Cosp Conference of States Parties in Egypt Convention Against Corruption in Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 13-17 as deputy head of delegation, Summit for Democracy from Dec. 8-10, 2021 as a component of the Italian delegation, Aux Ministerial for Latin America held by El Salvador in which he presented on G20 issues.

He has staged presentations to the Mexican Federal Senate, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala, MERCOSUR Justice Ministerial meetings.

He has contributed to the development of global legal thinking, by providing theoretical insights into the methodology used in the most important multilateral initiatives in the field.

He is a member of the EURISPES Scientific Committee and Observatory on Security and Deputy President of the Permanent Observatory on International Issues. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Diplomatic Academy.

He is in charge of the Anti-Corruption Observatory of the Administrative Gazette of the Italian Republic and of the International Observatory of the Journal 231 on the responsibility of entities.

He is an anti-corruption lecturer at the National School of Administration of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and teaches at the Training Schools for Magistrates and Law Enforcement Officials.

He is internationally renowned as one of the leading experts in the fight against organised crime, corruption, prison law and the prevention of and fight against money laundering, and corruption in sport.

As Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, he works both at the national and international level, as well as at the multilateral level, to promote the harmonisation of legal systems and for technical assistance in Justice and Security matters, within the framework of the United Nations, with UNODC, in the working groups of the G7 and G20 Fora, in the EU and its institutions, with the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Central American Integration System (SICA) and MERCOSUR, the Forum of Presidents of Latin American Parliaments (FOPREL) and the Central American Court of Justice.

He is a member of the United Nations Task Force on Measuring Corruption. He was a member of the Kosovo Justice Reform Working Group in 2020.

He is the leader for Italy of the Team Europe Initiative on Justice and Security. He is Co-Director of the journal “Il Diritto penale della Globalizzazione”.

He is the author of numerous articles in national and international legal journals (International Journal of Social Quality, Longitude, LIMES, GNOSIS, Guida al diritto, Il Merito, Rivista231, Gazzetta amministrativa della Repubblica italiana).

He is recognized as one of the anticorruption leaders in sport.

He promoted the UNCAC Resolution adopted on an Italian proposal, confirming his vanguard role at the international level in the preventive and repressive contrast of corruption and all forms of deviance in a risk area such as sports.

As Chair of the G20 ACWG in 2021 promoted the adoption of a set of High Level Principles on combating corruption in sport.