Criminal Law

ldroi1224  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Criminal Law
5 credits
45.0 h + 10.0 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.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, students will know the rules of Belgian criminal law and will be able to apply them to concrete cases. They will have developed a critical and reflective approach to the questions that arise in society and the answers given by the criminal law. They will have a knowledge of human rights and will be familiar with the relationships between criminal law and other branches of law. They will also have some knowledge of comparative law.
Teaching materials
  • Th. Moreau et D. Vandermeersch, Eléments de droit pénal publié chez La Charte. Le livre est mis à jour chaque année. Prendre la version la plus récente
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Law

Minor in Law (access)