Scientific Committee

For the establishment of the Scientific Committee, the Association co-opts national and international experts who have a social and cultural high profile. The function of the Scientific Committee is that of a consultative body for the Executive Council. (art. 11.7 statute)


Luigi Berzano

He is full professor at the University of Turin and a member of the Sociology of Religion section of the Italian Association of Sociology. He also works in cooperation with the School of Theology and the Rebaudengo University in Turin.

Since 2005 he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Review "Studi di Sociologia" (Sociology Studies) published by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

Since 1992 Prof. Berzano is the President of the CESNUR, Center for the Studies on New Religions based in Turin.

Nicola Colaianni

He has been an councillor to the Supreme Court of Cassation until 2003, when he switched to teaching – until 2017 – Ecclesiastical Law of the State and Comparative Ecclesiastical Law at the Law Department of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" and at the school of specialization for the legal professions of the same University.

Former president of the Puglia section of the Central Tax Commission, he is now the president of the section of the Lazio Regional Tax Commission – Rome office.

Marco Croce

Born in La Spezia, Italy, 1974, Marco Croce is an Assistant professor in ecclesiastical law and canon law since November 2017 at the department of juridical sciences of the University of Florence.

He teaches Law and religions and Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Florence Law School.

He graduated in law cum laude in 2005 at the University of Florence with a dissertation on "The value of precedent in the jurisprudence of the Italian constitutional court" (supervisor: Professor Stefano Grassi).

Maria d’Arienzo

She is Full Professor of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law and Confessional Rights at the Department of Law of the University "Federico II" of Naples, and in charge of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Calabria.

Patricia Duval

She is an Attorney and member of the Paris Bar in France. She has a degree in public law from La Sorbonne University and specializes in international human rights law. She has defended the rights of minorities of religion or belief in domestic and international fora and before international institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Union and the United Nations.

Vasco Fronzoni

He is Professor of Muslim Law and Islamic Countries at the Asia, Africa and Mediterranean Department of the Oriental University of Naples as well as of Ecclesiastical Law and Islamic Law at the Faculty of Law at the Pegaso Telematic University.

Graduated in Law and Islamic Sciences, he received a PhD in Muslim Law and Islamic Countries from the L'Oriental University of Naples and a specialization in "Violence and Religion MOOC" at the Faculté de Théologie de l'Université de Genève .

Giuseppe Macrina

He graduated in Law and specialized with honors in Criminal Law and Criminology at the La Sapienza University of Rome, he has worked at important motorway companies as manager of contracts and has also published four books in this field.

Journalist since 1996, he has collaborated on the "Encyclopedia of religions in Italy" (by Introvigne, Zoccatelli, Ippolito Macrina and Roldan), 2001.

Recently, as a columnist for an online magazine, he has published numerous articles on current affairs and legal information.

Susan Palmer

She is a researcher, sociologist and writer in the area of new religious movements (popularly known as "cults"). She received her Ph.D. from Concordia University where she is an Affiliate Professor and Part-time Instructor and teaches courses, including "Cults and Religious Controversy." She is also a Member of the Religious Studies Faculty at McGill University. Her research area has always been in the field of New Religious Movements. Some of her books focus on themes in new religious studies, such as charisma, gender and family, millennialism, healing, anticult movement.

Rosita Šorytė

She was born on September 2, 1965 in Lithuania. In 1988, she graduated from the University of Vilnius in French Language and Literature. In 1994, she got her diploma in international relations from the Institut International d‘Administration Publique in Paris.

Aldo Natale Terrin

Teacher of History of Religions and Cultural Anthropology at Urbino University, and teacher of Science of Religions at the Pastoral Liturgy Institute of S. Giustina, Padova. He taught also at the Catholic University of Milano.

He is a Catholic priest and is considered as one of the top experts on new religions in Europe. He wrote lot of essays and books on the subject of religion, and articles about the ongoing process of “secularization” in Europe.