COMPARATIVE PENAL LAW
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is designed to give students the skills necessary to face the challenge of Europisation and, on a larger scale, globalisation. In this outlook, comparative knowledge is important in the criminal law sector just as in others, both for those interested in developing work in specifically European or international sectors, and for those who, while intending to work within the realm of national law, wish to do so with an adequately extensive cultural outlook.
To take the examination in Comparative Criminal Law, students must have passed the examinations in Institutions of Private Law, Institutions of Roman Law, and Criminal Law I.
Course contents summary
The course will focus on the comparison between common law Criminal Law and civil law Criminal Law, as a strategic viewpoint for certain central themes in Criminal Law (for example, the principle of legality). Particular attention will be dedicated to whether, considering law in action, the differences between the two systems are such as to hinder the harmonisation of Criminal Law within Europe.
A. Cadoppi, Introduzione allo studio del diritto penale comparato, Cedam, Padua, 2004
The course will include seminar sessions of a comparative nature, with the organisation of a simulated trial in which prosecution and defence will be opposed, in front of an authoritative jury; seminars will be organized by assistants, who will also play the role of tutors for the prosecution and defence groups.
The course syllabus for students will be arranged with the professor at the start of lessons.