COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL LAW

COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL LAW

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Code
65112
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 3nd year of 7996 LAW (LMG/01) IMPERIA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
IUS/17
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
IMPERIA (LAW)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The comparative criminal law deals with the study of the criminal law of some of the main European legal systems in order to compare features, similarities and differences. The course is addressed to students who wish to acquire a knowledge of the general principles of criminal law in force in French, Spanish, German systems, in order to carry out professional activities in international bodies or institutions, in law firms or companies of international scope.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The main purpose of the course is that students acquire knowledge of Spanish, French and German criminal law, in order to grasp similarities and differences with our system, and in order to be able to apply the criminal law of the aforementioned States.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course of comparative law aims, in a first part, to provide students with an overview of the main characteristics of the civil law and common law criminal systems, in order to highlight the differences and points of contact, that have become more pronounced over time.  In the second part, the course focuses on the institutions of the general part (sources, structure and forms of the crime, sanctioning system) of Spanish, French and German criminal law.

Individual study, attendance and participation in the proposed training activities will enable the student to:

  • Understand the differences between civil law and common law criminal systems;
  • Understand that at present common law systems tend more and more to leave room for civil law and, at the same time, civil law systems to apply the principles of legal reserve and prohibition of analogy in a less rigorous way;
  • Interpret and identify the main general criminal provisions present in the Spanish, French and German criminal codes;
  • Understand and critically assess, with autonomy of judgment, the recent reforms of the Spanish and French sanctioning systems;
  • Read and examine critically, with autonomy of judgment, laws, handbooks and scientific articles of Spanish, French and German criminal law.

PREREQUISITES

Basic knowledge of at least one language among French, Spanish and German

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, for a total of 36 hours (6 CFU), during which the main institutions of general criminal law are presented and analyzed and law cases are presented. Interested students will also be able to propose and present to the class further cases that lend themselves to being the subject of a collective discussion

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Analysis of the differences and similarities of the civil law and common law systems, with particular regard to the guarantees and their effectiveness in terms of legality (reserve of law, non-retroactivity, determination, prohibition of analogy). Comparative analysis of the main institutions of the general part (sources, structure and forms of crime, imputability, sanctioning system) of Spanish, French and German criminal law.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For attendant students:
F.C. PALAZZO- M. PAPA, Lezioni di diritto penale comparato, 2^ edizione, Giappichelli, 2013, pp. 59-208, and notes of lectures; or

G.FORNASARI – A.MENGHINI, Percorsi europei di diritto penale, Cedam, 2008, pp. 40-109, 112-218 (totale 175 pp.), and notes of lectures

For not attendant students:
F.C.PALAZZO-M.PAPA, Lezioni di diritto penale comparato, 2^ edizione, Giappichelli, 2013, pp. 59-175;  G.FORNASARI-A.MENGHINI, Percorsi europei di diritto penale, Cedam, 2008, pp. 40-109, 119- 160, 203-218 (pp.126). Moreover one of the following handbooks: S. VINCIGUERRA, Diritto penale inglese. I principi, 2^ edizione, Cedam, 2002, pp. 71-115, 195-205, 235-322, 397-463, 501-531, 551-560 (pp. 246); or  A.CADOPPI-MCCALL SMITH, Introduzione allo studio del diritto scozzese, Cedam, 1995, pp. 49- 87, 141-251, 299-331, 339-357.
 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PAOLO PISA (President)

ANNAMARIA PECCIOLI (President)

ILARIA ZANNONI

LORENZA VACONDIO

GABRIELE PONTEPRINO

FEDERICO CONSULICH

ILENIA SICCARDI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, for a total of 36 hours (6 CFU), during which the main institutions of general criminal law are presented and analyzed and law cases are presented. Interested students will also be able to propose and present to the class further cases that lend themselves to being the subject of a collective discussion

LESSONS START

I semester from September 16th to December 6th 2019 (12 weeks)
II semester from February 17th to May 9th 2020 (12 weeks)

ORARI

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COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL LAW

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam takes place in oral form and consists of several questions relating to the comparison of the discipline of general-level institutions (elements of the crime, forms of crime, imputability, sanctioning system) in force in the French, Spanish and German systems; as well as the analysis of characteristics, differences and similarities of civil law and common law systems.

Assessment methods

The exam aims to verify the actual knowledge and acquisition by the students of the institutes of the general part of the French, Spanish and German criminal law, as well as its ability to interpret the reference standards in their application in practical cases. Through theoretical-general questions and the proposal of concrete cases, it will be verified if the student is able to:

- identify and define legal concepts, using an appropriate technical language;

- identify, distinguish and apply the main regulatory provisions about crime, its forms, sanctioning system;

- translate and understand the main regulatory texts as well as the texts of the judgments.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
22/01/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
11/02/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
12/05/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
09/06/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
30/06/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
14/07/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale
08/09/2020 11:00 IMPERIA Orale