Nationality: Italy (Western European and other States)
Assumed full-time duty:
Elected from: List A on
Assigned to: Pre-Trial Division
Current chamber: Pre-Trial Chamber II
Judge as of 11 March 2018, for a term of nine years.
Prior to joining the ICC in 2018, Judge Aitala was a senior prosecutor in Rome, where he dealt with international terrorism, international crime as well as international cooperation in criminal matters. He also served as the most senior adviser on international and legal affairs of the President of the Italian Senate, the second most senior institutional figure in the country.
Judge Aitala has almost three decades of experience in law, criminal phenomena, human rights and international relations. After winning the competitive examination as Judge, he held several judicial positions in Milano, Trapani (Sicily) and Rome, dealing mainly with mafia, organised crime, international terrorism, corruption, financial crime and offences against vulnerable persons.
During his career, Judge Aitala has completed over one hundred medium- and short-term assignments as expert, consultant and lecturer in criminal, international and international criminal law, organised crime, terrorism, money laundering, human rights and institutional building in about 30 countries of Southern and Central America, the Caribbean, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East for a number of international institutions including the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe.
He has taught and researched extensively on criminal and international law, geopolitics and international relations in many academic institutions including the Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, the Second University of Napoli, and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is honorary professor of Criminal Law at the University of Buenos Aires and at the Arben Zylifari Academy in Tirana.