COMPARATIVE PENAL LAW
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main goal of the course is to provide the students with a knowledge of the general principles of Criminal Law in European Law and in Common Law countries, in order to better understand how criminal law is developing in Civil Law countries.
Good knowledge of Constitutional Law and of the general principles of Criminal Law.
Course contents summary
The course is focused on the differences between the Civil Law and the Common Law legal systems, with regards to the different genesis of the Criminal Law between countries belonging to the two different systems. Specific attention is given to the ongoing process for the establishment of an “European Criminal Law”, which is developed thanks to the contribution provided by the case law of national and international superior Courts.
Students not attending the course have to study the following textbook:
A. Cadoppi, Tra storia e comparazione. Studi di diritto penale comparato, Cedam, 2014.
Students who will attend lectures will have a different program, which will be agreed during the course with the lecturer and based on the materials provided during the course.
Standard lectures will be held on the contents of the textbook, along with lectures focused on some of the most interesting current topics of Italian and European Criminal Law. Students will be directly involved in the lectures, asking them to discuss during the classes some of the most important decisions of the recent years.
Assessment methods and criteria
An oral exam will be held.