Francesco Paolo Bonifacio

Francesco Paolo Bonifacio (May 3, 1923 in Castellammare di Stabia – March 14, 1989 in Rome) was an Italian politician and jurist, a Minister of Justice and President of the Constitutional Court of Italy.[1]


Bonifacio was born in Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples.

He was one of the youngest full professors of Roman Law at the University of Naples, a position he held until February 1963 when he was elected by the Italian Parliament as a judge of the Italian Constitutional Court. He was then elected as the eighth President of such Court from February 1973 to October 1975.

In 1975 Bonifacio was elected to the Italian Senate, and was Minister of Justice from February 1976 until March 1979.[2] From 1979, Bonifacio taught Constitutional Justice at the Sapienza University of Rome, while remaining a Senator. Bonifacio presided over two Senate commissions which considered and promoted constitutional amendments.

In 1964 Bonifacio was awarded Italy’s highest honor: the Republic's Grand Cross Knighthood (Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Repubblica).[3]


  1. "Bonifàcio, Francesco Paolo". Enciclopedia Italiana (in Italian). Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. Flint, Julie (February 12, 1976). "New Cabinet formed by Italian premier". The Free Lance Star. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  3. "Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" (in Italian). Website of the Italian Presidency. Retrieved 7 January 2012.

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