Dr Matilde Ventrella

School of Law

Matilde has joined the Law School of Liverpool John Moores University in 2018 as senior lecturer in law She has research interests on human trafficking and on links between smuggling and trafficking. Matilde has a particular research interest in the situation of smuggling and trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea and on cross-border criminal organisations perpetrating these two crimes.


University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Dundee, United Kingdom, LLM
University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, Law Degree


2015, University of Wolverhampton, PGCAP

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Law, Law School, University of Wolverhampton, 2013 - 2018

Journal article

Ventrella M, Morano Foadi S. 2022. Out of sight, out of mind. Reassessing positive obligations towards victims of human trafficking The Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 36 Publisher Url Public Url

Ventrella M. 2018. Brexit and the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Actual Situation and Future Uncertainty Ventrella M. Marmara Journal of European Studies, 26 :119-142 Publisher Url Public Url

Ventrella M. 2017. Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking at Hotspots, by Focusing on People Smuggled to Europe. Social Inclusion, 5 :69-80 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ventrella M. 2016. The impact of Operation Sophia on the exercise of criminal jurisdiction against migrant smugglers and human traffickers Questions of International Law, 30 Publisher Url Public Url

Ventrella M. 2016. Ana Isabel Perez Cepeda & Demelsa Benito Sanchez Trafficking in Human Beings. A Comparative Study of the International Legal Documents. 2014 Europa Law Publishing 103 pages. ISBN: 9789089521606. Common Market Law Review, 53 :287-288

Ventrella M. 2016. Police Cooperation in the European Union under the Treaty of Lisbon. Opportunities and Limitations, edited by Harmut Aden, (Nomos 2015 ISBN 978-3-8487-0843-7) Journal of Common Market Studies,

Ventrella M. 2013. European Integration or Democracy Disintegration in Measures concerning Police and Judicial Cooperation? New Journal of European Criminal Law, 4 :290-309 DOI Publisher Url

Ventrella M. 2013. Europe and Extraterritorial Asylum by Marteen den Hejier (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012). European Law Review, 38 :425-427

Ventrella M. 2008. Making the Fight Against Criminal Organisations in the EU More Effective by Setting Aside National Constitutions European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 16 :225-251 DOI Publisher Url

Ventrella M. 2007. 'Protecting victims of trafficking in human beings in the UK. The Italian ‘Rimini Method’ that could influence the British approach' Journal of migration and refugee issues, 2 :40-63

McCreight MV. 2006. Smuggling of Migrants, Trafficking in Human Beings and Irregular Migration on a Comparative Perspective European Law Journal, 12 :106-129 DOI Publisher Url

Ventrella M. Recognising Effective Legal Protection to People Smuggled at Sea, by Reviewing the EU Legal Framework on Human Trafficking and Solidarity between Member States Social Inclusion, 3 :76-87 DOI Publisher Url

Books (edited)

2022. Cultural History of Slavery and Human Trafficking Ventrella M. Bloomsbury Academy

Books (authored)

Ventrella M. 2018. Smuggling of Migrants by Sea: EU Legal Framework and Future Perspective Vandeplas Publishing. 801 international Parkway, 5th floor lake mary, fl. 32746 USA 978-1-60042-300-0

Ventrella M. 2010. The Control of People Smuggling and Trafficking in the EU Experiences from the UK and Italy Routledge 9781317037293

Ventrella M. A Cultural History of Slavery and Human Trafficking Bloomsbury


Ventrella M. 2006. Crimes of assisting illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings in Italian law. Illegal immigration between administrative infringement and criminal offence. Guild E, Minderhoud P. The Legal Measures and Social Consequences of Criminal Law in Member States on Trafficking and Smuggling in Human Beings. Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers :141-168 Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. Leiden Boston

Other Professional Activity:

The Court of Justice on Trafficking in Human Beings: A Step towards Protection of Victims but not too far (Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid, C-66/21). https://eulawlive.com/op-ed-the-court-of-justice-on-trafficking-in-human-beings-a-step-towards-protection-of-victims-but-not-too-far-staatssecretaris-van-justitie-en-veiligheid-c-66-21-by-matilde-ventrella/. 2022

Criminalising Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean. https://www.e-ir.info/2017/06/10/criminalising-search-and-rescue-operations-in-the-mediterranean/. 2017

All smoke and no fire in the EU strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings http://eulawanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/all-smoke-and-no-fire-in-eu-strategy.html. 2014

External committees:

House of Lords, International Agreements Committee UK-Rwanda MoU, Written Evidence, https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/109554/pdf/. 2022