Maria Cristina Coccoluto graduated in Law in 1992 from the University of Rome, with a thesis in Criminal Law entitled « Exercise and Limits of the Right to Chronicle ». Maria Cristina Coccoluto (1966) has been a journalist since 1989, when she obtained the direction of Onda Blu, the monthly magazine of her hometown, Sabaudia.
An expert in public relations, she ran the family business, the Le Palme hotel, where she oversaw the press office and held training courses in legislation and tourism communication. She has to her credit an intense journalistic activity – started in 1985 – which ranges from legal and social subjects to the cultural sector and the European current affairs.
From 1993 to 1996 she took part in the European Union’s HELIOS II project, on the integration of people with disabilities, and in 1999 she was awarded the Robert Schuman (journalistic option) grant by the European Parliament in Luxembourg.
She is an accredited journalist with the European institutions in Brussels since 2003, she is particularly interested in the use of the Italian Language in the European Union, which has now 24 official languages (Tempo d’Europa on www.radiowebitalia.it).
Speaker of the initiative ‘Journalists in ‘Brussels’, and guide of Italian reporters visiting the press offices of the EU institutions, she alternates her journalistic activity with educational commitment as a professor of Italian as a foreign language at the Italian Institute of Culture in Brussels (since 2004), where she has held, among others, several special courses (L’Italiano tra cinema e letteratura, Antologia della Letteratura Italiana, L’italiano nel diritto e nella politica,, Storia d’Italia) and writing labs.
A specialist in the Italian legal language, she teaches in courses and seminars for interpreters, translators, lawyer-linguists, lawyers at the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the European Union.
Since February 2014, she has been a professor of Italian as a foreign language at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges, where she also teaches courses in legal and political Italian.
She is the author of «Lessico pratico di italiano giuridico per stranieri», Rome, 2018, Istituto Armando Curcio University Press.
She is working on her second book «Lessico pratico di italiano giuridico canonico ecclesiastico».
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