Professor Cantarella is a Professor of Roman Law at the University of Milan, Italy. She has lectured and taught at several universities in Europe and the United States, including the Global Law Faculty, New York University School of Law. She is a leading classicist who examines ancient law from a law and society perspective and relates it to modern legal issues. She has published numerous articles in Italian and English, and two of her books have been translated from Italian into several other languages.