Dr Federico Picinali

Dr Federico Picinali

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 5.10
English, French, Italian
Key Expertise
Theoretical questions in evidence law and in criminal law

About me

I earned a Degree in Legal Sciences and a Specialized Degree in Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Afterward, I studied at the Yale Law School and at the Università degli Studi di Trento, where I earned an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in law, respectively. During these formative years I was an exchange student at the UC Berkeley School of Law and a visiting researcher at the UC Hastings College of the Law, at the Cardozo School of Law, and at Penn Law. Just prior to becoming an Assistant Professor, I was a visiting fellow at the LSE Department of Law and a LSE Fellow. I have been admitted to the Italian Bar.

Administrative support: Laura Carseldine

Research interests

I am a scholar of evidence law and criminal law. My main interest is in the philosophy underlying these two areas of law. My research involves insights into epistemology, inductive logic, statistics, moral philosophy, and philosophy of mind.



Can the Reasonable Doubt Standard be Justified? A Reconstructed Dialogue

Book reviews

  • review of Dale A. Nance, The Burdens of Proof: Discriminatory Power, Weight of Evidence, and Tenacity of Belief (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 330 pp., ISBN 978-1-107-12418-9’, in Jurisprudence, Vol. 9, Issue 1, p. 192 (2018). 


  • Winner of the LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Award 2017 in the category ‘Feedback and Communication’
  • My paper ‘Base Rates of Negative Traits: Instructions for Use in Criminal Trials’, in Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 33(1), pp. 69-88 (2016) won the prize for best essay published in the Journal of Applied Philosophy in 2016 (the prize included a monetary award, and free registration and accommodation for the next Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference)
  • Nominee for the LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards, 2015 and 2016
  • Class Teacher Prize, awarded by the LSE Law Department, 2013