|Minister of Justice|
16 November 2011 – 28 April 2013
|Prime Minister||Mario Monti|
|Preceded by||Nitto Francesco Palma|
|Succeeded by||Anna Maria Cancellieri|
22 October 1948 |
|Alma mater||La Sapienza University of Rome|
Early life and education 
Severino began her career as a researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Council of Research) in 1972, and worked there until 1975. She then worked as an assistant professor at La Sapienza from 1975 to 1987. Later she began to work at Perugia University and taught penal commercial law at the Faculty of Economics. She was appointed vice president of the Superior Council of Military Magistracy in 1997. She was the first Italian woman appointed this post. Her tenure lasted until 2002. In addition, Severino worked with Giovanni Maria Flick, former President of the Italian Constitutional Court.
She is among top criminal lawyers in Italy. One of her clients was former Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi. Italian energy giant Eni was another client of Severino. She served as the head of the department of law at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome from 2003 to 2006. Before her appointment as minister of justice, she was working as a professor of penal law at the School for Carabinieri Officers and a Pro-Rector Vicar at LUISS Guido Carli University.
She was appointed minister of justice on 16 November 2011. Her income in 2011 was more than seven million euros, making her the top rich minister in the Monti cabinet.
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Nitto Francesco Palma
|Minister of Justice
2011 - 2013
Anna Maria Cancellieri
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