Criminal law

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with the following competences:
- A comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles and institutions of Italian Criminal Law.
- The knowledge of the most relevant case-law related to Italian Criminal Law.
- The ability to interpret the rules of the general part of the Italian Penal Code, as well as to understand their elementary relations with the rules of the special part.
- The ability to properly handle the Penal Code.
- The abilities to address, discuss and solve practical cases in accordance with Italian Criminal Law.
- The ability to understand and to use the appropriate legal terminology.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students who have successfully learned the subject will have a strong institutional knowledge of the general part of Italian Criminal Law. In addition, they will be acquainted with the Italian Penal Code, they will have enhanced their legal reasoning skills and they will be able to argue, by means of the appropriate terminology, their own thesis when confronted with simple legal problems in the field of criminal law.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More detailed information about teaching modes for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, in the light of the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
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.
Teaching methods
The course is articulated in lectures of two hours each and has a total duration of 63 hours. During lectures, students will be constantly encouraged to take part to discussions on the interpretation of legal provisions, the qualification of conducts according to the Penal Code. Topics for discussions will be also selected by taking into account sample cases as well as the relevant case law.
Teaching Resources
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.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam consists of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining knowledge of the topics covered by the course programme, as well as the capacity to properly explain legal concepts and perform legal reasoning. The student's ability to handle the Italian Penal Code and to interpret its provisions will also be assessed. The evaluation is expressed in 30ths.

Students may take a mid-term exam (multiple-choice quiz) on the part of the programme covered up during lectures to that moment. Passing this partial exam will allow students to take the final exam (oral interview mode) exclusively on the remaining part of the programme. The mid-term exam can be taken only once.

Students who will not take or pass the mid-term exam, will take the whole final exam beginning from the first exam session at the end of the semester.

There is no specific programme for Erasmus students.
IUS/17 - CRIMINAL LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
Professor: Zirulia Stefano
Educational website(s)
Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. (on appointment only)
Microsoft Teams or Department of Law "Cesare Beccaria", Criminal law section (Via Festa del Perdono 3, 2nd floor)