The course addresses the fundamental institutions and rules governing Italian Criminal Law, traditionally referred to as the "general part" of the subject. The covered topics include: the legitimacy of criminal law and the theories of punishment; the sources of criminal law and relevant constitutional principles; the elements of crime and the framework of criminal liability; inchoate offences; forms of participation; circumstances; sanctions (both penalties and security measures); corporate criminal liability. For a better understanding of the subject, the analysis of the general part will be complemented with practical examples taken from the special part (i.e. the catalogue of the specific offences). Moreover, in order to enhance students' analysis skills, discussions about specific interpretative problems, selected also on the basis of the most significant case law, will be constantly encouraged.
Prerequisites for admission
According to art. 5 of the "Regolamento didattico del Corso di Laurea in Scienze dei servizi giuridici", in order to take the exam of Criminal Law, students must have already passed the exams of Constitutional Law and Private Law.
G. Marinucci, E. Dolcini, G.L. Gatta, Manuale di diritto penale. Parte generale, Decima edizione, Giuffrè, 2021.
The following paragraphs are NOT part of the exam programme: CAP. I, nn. 2.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.3, 8.4; CAP. II, nn. 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 9, 10; CAP. III, nn. 4, 9, 10, 11, da 14 a 28; CAP. VI, nn. 1.3, 4.3, 4.5; CAP. VIII, nn. da 8.1 a 8.6; CAP. IX, nn. 2, 3, 4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.8, 6.9, 7; CAP. X, nn. 6, 7, 8, da 17 a 24; tutto il CAP. XI; CAP. XII, da 6 a 14; CAP. XIII, 6.3, 7.4, 7.5, 8, da 9.3. a 9.9, da 10.2.3 a 10.4.4., da 12 a 17, 20; CAP. XIV, nn. da 2 a 15, 17, 19.
Further teaching materials in view of class discussions will be provided on the Ariel webpage of the course.
An updated Italian Penal Code is also required.