Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is designed to give students the fundamental notions of Juvenile Criminal Justice. Through the analysis of Italian and international legislation (ex. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989) and through the study of the leading cases, the course aims to allow the student to learn the method which is necessary in order to work autonomously and competently in a future job within the Institutions which deal with the Juvenile Criminal Justice System.
- For Social Sciences Students: Diritto penale
- For Law Students: Diritto penale 1
Course contents summary
The course will cover the fundamental issues concerning Juvenile Criminal Justice. It will touch both the substantial aspects and the procedural ones. It will focus, in particular, on the juvenile offender, on juvenile delinquency prevention, on the punishment system and on juvenile criminal procedure. To the role of the social services in the trial will be given particular attention. Part of the classes will be dedicated to the legislation concerning the protection of children from sexual abuse.
- A. Pennisi, La giustizia penale minorile: formazione, devianza, diritto e processo, Milano, 2012 (pp. 105-193; 311-425; 465-545).
- For students who will attend the Course, the program will be planned with the Professor taking into consideration also the material assigned during the course.
The exam will be oral. The student is asked to answer three questions concerning the substantive and the procedural aspects of Juvenile Criminal Justice. The exam aims to understand the level of comprehension of the student and his ability to make connections between different topics. The exam also evaluates the ability of the student to communicate with a proper legal language. In order to pass the exam the student should answer correctly to, at least, two questions.
Assessment methods and criteria
The most important notions of Juvenile Criminal Justice will be analysed in the first part of the class. The second part will be a more practical one, because it will focus on some leading cases concerning the juvenile offender and also the minor as victim of sexual abuse.