Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
IUS/17 - CRIMINAL LAW
2° periodo lezioni (2A) dal Feb 14, 2022 al Mar 26, 2022.
The course is aimed to provide students: - the ability to find the legal sources of the general part of criminal law and to compare them with the constitutional principles, with special attention to the hierarchical relationships between the national le-gal sources and the European Law; - the ability to analyze, understand and compare the legal norms and the conceptual categories and principles of the criminal law (legal good, act requirement, the wrongful result, rules of causation, mens rea, intention, negligence, attempt, complicity) - The ability to solve and deal with concrete problems concerning the main subjects of the criminal law both in written and oral form; the ability to use a specific and appropriate juridical language and to adopt the correcting methods of reasoning and argumentation; the ability to autonomously express opinions and verify their effects on the legal practice.
The course will be divided into the following parts:
1st Part: The evolution and the general characteristics of the criminal law
• The basis and limits of the punitive power of the State
• The basic characteristics of the Italian Penal Code
• The influence of the Constitution as well as the Constitutional Court case-law on the criminal justice system
2nd Part: The criminal legislation in a multilevel legal system
• Sources of criminal law
• The fundamental principle of legality (lex certa and lex scripta principles, non-retroactivity principle)
• The influence of the International and European Law on the Italian criminal law
3rd Part: The structure and the objective elements of the criminal offence
• The concept and function of the legal good
• The notion of “actus reus”
• The active or omissive conduct
• The wrongful result and the rules of causation
4thPart: The unlawfulness of the act
• Justification and excuse
5th Part: Subjective elements of the criminal offence (“mens rea”): culpability principle
• Intention (“dolo”)
• Preterintention and strict liability
• Ignorance and mistake of law
6th Part: The different forms and manifestations of the criminal offence
• The attempt
• Complicity and joint criminal enterprise
• Circumstances of the criminal offence
• Concurrence of offences
7th Part: The consequences of the criminal offence
• The “binary system” of criminal penalties and security measures
• The function and the general purposes of the criminal penalty
• The accessory penalties and the causes of extinction of the crime
Language of teaching for this course is Italian. All literature and auxiliary materials are also in Italian.
For students attending classes, the course will be mainly based on lectures concerning the Italian Criminal Law and the study of the Italian criminal code and the suggested readings. Workshops or seminars about specific topics or case studies could be organized during the course. The online registration to the University e-learning platform will provide students with a source of reference.
The professor will provide support to students non-attending classes during the office hours (see the Law Department webpage). They may also register to the University e-learning platform and have access to a source of reference.
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The final exam consists of an written and oral examination. Intermediate tests are possible, upon agreement with the professor.
The final exam aims at verifying:
• the level of achievement of the learning outcomes previously identified
• the linguistic accuracy
• the argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving skills
• the ability to connect systematically the knowledge achieved
Erasmus students have the possibility to write a short paper on specific topics, upon agreement with the professor. The paper will be discussed during the oral examination and will be part of the final exam.
Students not-attending classes and ERASMUS students are kindly requested to contact the Professor at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on the exam’s program and the parts of reference books to study.
Grades are awarded on a scale from 18 to 30, where 30 is the highest grade and 18 is the lowest grade to pass the exam. In case of an excellent knowledge, a high level of linguistic accuracy and an argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving capacity the candidate may earn the highest grade with “cum laude” honor.