Carla Crifò

Associate Professor 
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2360

Personal details

Dottore in Giurisprudenza (Roma La Sapienza), MJur (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

After graduating from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, I spent one year partly in legal training and partly at the Centre for the Study of Foreign and Comparative Law at UNIDROIT, in Rome.

My research has been focused on comparative and international aspects of civil procedure; my doctorate was on default judgment in England and contumacia in Italy and I have written a monograph on the European Enforcement Order and other procedures for the enforcement of debts in five European jurisdictions. I am currently writing on formalism in comparative civil procedure.

I am the Assistant Editor and book reviews editor for the Civil Justice Quarterly (Sweet & Maxwell) and a member of the International Association of Procedural Law.

In 2010-2011, I visited Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, as a Fulbright Scholar and Leverhulme Scholar. During my tenure, I carried out a research project on comparative perspectives on procedural formalism, and assessing the teaching of civil procedure in North American law schools.

I am currently working on the introduction of a module on the English law of civil procedure for the LLB.


At Leicester, I teach:

  • Equity and Trusts and Land Law (undergraduate)
  • Civil Dispute Resolution Methods (postgraduate)


  • C Crifò Cross-Border Enforcement of Debts in the EU (Kluwer Law International, 2009)
  • C Crifò ‘Europeanisation, Harmonisation and Unspoken Premises: the Case of Service Rules in the Regulation on a European Small Claims Procedure (Reg. No 861/2007)’ (2011) 30 Civil Justice Quarterly p. 283-303
  • C Crifò ‘Why Teach Civil Procedural Law?’ (2009) 178 Revista de Processo p. 239-250
  • C Crifò ‘Civil Procedure in the European Order: an Overview of the Latest Developments’ in D. Dwyer (ed.), The Civil Procedure Rules. Ten Years On (Oxford University Press, 2009), p. 373-41
  • C Crifò “The Creation of the Default Judgment in the 19th Century English Procedural Reforms” in Proceedings of the 2005 British Legal History Conference (Four Courts Press, 2006), p. 181–205
  • C Crifò “First steps towards the harmonisation of civil procedure: The Regulation Creating A European Enforcement Order For Uncontested Claims” (2005) 24 Civil Justice Quarterly p. 200–223


  • Civil Procedure
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Comparative law
  • Legal History

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