cod. 06915

Academic year 2020/21
4° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Diritto penale (IUS/17)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide the students with a knowledge of the main figures of criminal law, with particular regards to those which affect the application of fundamental guarantees, through the comparison between the solutions adopted in the national law systems and in the case law of the supranational Courts. Students are expected to learn to point out analogies and differences between criminal law systems, understanding reasons and consequences of the solutions adopted and being able to form an opinion on their pros and cons. Finally, students are expected to report what they learned using the appropriate legal language.


Good knowledge of Constitutional Law and of the general principles of Criminal Law.

Course unit content

After an introduction on the role of comparison in criminal law and on the Europeanization of criminal law which emerged in the last years, the course will be focused on some questions which affect the application of fundamental guarantees, such as the relationship between principle of legality and role of the judiciary in civil and common law systems, also in the light of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. In the same way, further questions concerning the fundamental principles of criminal law will be considered.

Full programme

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Students not attending the course have to study the following textbook: A. Cadoppi, Tra storia e comparazione. Studi di diritto penale comparato, Cedam, Padova, 2014. Students who will attend all lectures (synchronously or asynchronously) will have a different program, which will be agreed during the course with the lecturer and based on the materials provided during the course through the platform Elly (

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held online (synchronously on Teams and asynchronously on the platform Elly: During the synchronous (live) lectures, 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

The final summative assessment, with a mark out of thirty, consists of an oral exam that includes at least three questions. There are no intermediate exams.

Other information

The students may contact the professor by email or during the office hours.