Criminal Law

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCGSS310
Vaknaam Criminal Law
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Criminal Law
Leerdoelen The student is able to understand ...
The basic principles of substantive criminal law and their rationales
 The basic principles of procedural criminal law and their rationales
 The differences among domestic criminal law systems
 The impact of international and regional human rights law, in particular the ECHR, on criminal law

The student is able to…
 Read and understand legal instruments in the field of criminal law
 Find and collect case law in the field of criminal law
 Find and collect academic literature in the field of criminal law
 Analyze and critically comment on relevant legal provisions and case law
 Apply relevant legislation, case law and literature related to a problem of criminal law
 Express his/her own opinion on issues related to criminal law by drawing a logical and coherent line of argument, both orally and in writing
Omschrijving The course is based on a comparative approach between different criminal law systems (domestic, regional and international) to analyze the role of criminal law – both substantive and procedural – in contemporary societies. This comparative approach also enables discussions on how these different systems interact and impact one another.

The course first considers theories of punishment and the reasons why criminal behaviour entails punishment before turning to how it entails punishments via substantive and procedural norms. The course then explores the concepts of criminal acts and of criminal intent as well as the issues linked to investigation and the gathering of evidence. Based on different domestic systems while using human rights law as a
yardstick, the course discusses the right to a fair trial and the related rights of the defence.

To fully consider the contemporary challenges faced by criminal law and notably the ongoing growth of transnational and international criminal behaviour, the course also takes a supranational approach. It presents European, transnational and international criminal law and explores how these systems function and interrelate and how they affect domestic criminal law systems.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Lecture, Seminar, Study Group
Toetsvorm Essay, Presentation, Written exam
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. A.L. Smeulers
Docent(en) prof. dr. A.L. Smeulers
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Comparative concepts of criminal law, 3 rd edition, Antwerp: J. Keiler & D. Roef (eds.) (2019). ca. €  39,00
Further literature will be announced later. It will be available on Nestor and/or via the library.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
International Relations and International Law  (Compulsory) - semester II a verplicht
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 3) - semester II a keuze