cod. 1000409

Academic year 2023/24
4° year of course - Second semester
- Alberto CADOPPI
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 students with the acquisition of tools necessary to know and do research in the field of European and Comparative Criminal Law, through the analysis of case law and doctrinal opinions on the same topics. At the end of the course students are expected to be able to proceed with the analysis of legal institutions and fundamental concepts of foreign legal systems,
know the basic principles of European criminal law; to carry out a comparison with the Italian legal system; to express themselves using the appropriate legal language.


In order to take the exam, Italian students must have the following language skills: English Language B1, and have passed the following exams: Institutions of Private Law, Institutions of Roman Law Constitutional Law and Criminal Law 1.

Course unit content

As part of the course, it will be studied both general and special aspects of the Criminal Law, from the point of view of Comparative Law and European Law. In this perspective, for example, the course will focus on the principle of legality, with particular reference to so-called judicial law-making, the regulation of sexual offences, also considering the reforms adopted in some European legal systems, as well as current issues such as the legalization of soft drugs.

Full programme

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Notes taken in class and/or handouts published on Elly (about 150 pages in total). The Professor will inform the students about the publication of decisions and other materials published on Elly.

Teaching methods

Teaching will be delivered through face-to-face lectures and audiovisual materials will also be made available online via the Elly. In order to allow the students to attend the course with advancement, at the beginning of the course the professor will verify the preliminary knowledge of the students and plan a review of some foundamental notions and basic principles. Classes will be structured to encourage the active participation of students and the critical and comparative analysis of the case law.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final summative assessment, with a mark out of thirty, consists of an oral exam in English that includes at least three questions. The questions will aim to test the correct understanding of the syllabus and the learning of the fundamental concepts of the subject. There are no intermediate exams.

Other information

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