Criminal Law

ldroi1224l  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Criminal Law
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
45.0 h
Main themes
The course first analyses the definitions and processes of criminal law, and its relations with other branches of law (at national, international and European level). The emphasis is put on the sources of criminal law, their interpretation, and the application of criminal statutes in space and time. The course also covers the classifications of offences, their conditions (legal element, actus reus, mens rea) and the agents. The foundations, characteristics, objectives, types and delivery of penalties are examined. Security measures and the civil consequences of offences are analysed. An introduction to armed conflict law and humanitarian law is also given. Possible reforms and relevant aspects of comparative law are considered. The course consists of lectures completed, where necessary, by other teaching methods. The syllabus should be available to the students at the beginning of the term. Compulsory sessions of practical training (12 hours) provide the students with the opportunity to develop a practical approach of the subjects taught. These sessions are prepared by the students, whose performances are evaluated by an assistant. Together with the head of the department, the teacher sees that the practical training and the lectures are coherent and well connected, including with respect to the evaluation.
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