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GIP4063906, A.A. 2015/16

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
GI0270, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2015/16
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Degree course track GENERICO - SEDE DI PADOVA [999PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ROCCO ALAGNA IUS/17

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/17 Criminal Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 28/09/2015
End of activities 16/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Padova 29/10/2019 30/09/2020 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
FERRATO ALICE (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMBUSI ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
SILVA CHIARA (Supplente)
7 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Padova 01/10/2019 28/10/2019 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
FERRATO ALICE (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMBUSI ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
SILVA CHIARA (Supplente)
5 A.A. 2018/19 sede di Padova 31/10/2018 30/09/2019 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
FERRATO ALICE (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMBUSI ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
SILVA CHIARA (Supplente)
4 A.A. 2017/18 sede di Padova 02/10/2017 30/09/2018 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
BORSARI RICCARDO (Membro Effettivo)
PROVOLO DEBORA (Membro Effettivo)
SILVA CHIARA (Supplente)
3 A.A. 2016/17 sede di Padova 03/10/2016 30/09/2017 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
BORSARI RICCARDO (Membro Effettivo)
PROVOLO DEBORA (Membro Effettivo)
SILVA CHIARA (Supplente)
2 A.A. 2015/16 sede di Padova 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 ALAGNA ROCCO (Presidente)
BORSARI RICCARDO (Membro Effettivo)
PROVOLO DEBORA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have passed the exam of "Diritto penale 1"
Students are required to have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of criminal law and constitutional law.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of international and transnational criminal law. In particular, the course aims at providing students with the basics of the subject together with the critical awareness of the main problems concerning criminal law in its international and transnational dimension and the relation between different legal systems. Purpose of the course is also to provide students with the theoretical instruments needed to understand and critically analyse concrete cases.
Examination methods: The exam consists in an oral interview.
For the students who have not attended the classes the exam will consist in a discussion about, at least, three topics, only one of these topics will be about transnational criminal law.
For the students who have attended the classes the final exam will consist in an interview about three topics, just one of which concerning transnational criminal law. One of these three topics will be chosen by the student.
Students who will take part in Moot Court, organised and supervised by the teacher during the course, will have to take an exam consisting in a discussion about two topics, one of which will be chosen by the candidate.
The participation to the moot court will not affect the final evaluation negatively.
During the second week of December, there will be an extraordinary exam session for attending students solely.
Students who will be to consider 'attending student' of International Criminal Law will keep that status also for the course of European and Transnational Criminal Law, taught by the same professor during the second semester.
The students who will pass the exam o International and Transnational Criminal Law will have reductions concerning the program of European and Transnational Criminal Law.
Assessment criteria: - adequate level of knowledge of the subject;
- ability to apply principles and norms to concrete cases;
- ability to communicate the acquired knowledge.
Course unit contents: 1. The international and transnational dimension of criminal law: definition of international and transnational crime.
2. Origin and evolution of international criminal law.
2.1. Sources of international criminal law.
2.2. The general part of international criminal law: individual criminal responsibility; modes of participation in a crime; command responsibility; mens rea; attempt to commit a crime; defences; punishment.
2.3. The special part: genocide; crimes against humanity; war crimes; crime of aggression; other offences.
2.4. The repression of international crimes: jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, principle of complementarity and domestic implementation; relation between domestic jurisdiction, European legal system and international criminal law.
3. Nature and characters of transnational crime.
3.1. The most relevant transnational crimes: trafficking in persons, drugs and arms; corruption; organised crime, terrorism, sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes and final exam will be delivered using the english language.
The classes will be focused on study and discussions of concrete cases. During the course, students attending classes will have the opportunity to take part (voluntarily) to oral simulations of proceedings before the International Criminal Court based on real criminal cases (moot court), organised and directed by the teacher.
The participation to moot courts is highly recommended.
Students attending classes will be actively involved in the discussion of cases and materials delivered during the course. The constant and active participation to classes will provide students with the sufficient preparation required to pass the final exam.
During the first half of December, there will be the chance to attend, personally in The Hague, a couple of hearings of the International Criminal Court and of the International Criminal Tribunal of former Yugoslavia.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students attending classes:
- notes and materials from the course.

Students not attending classes:
- materials from the course;
- G. WERLE – F. JEßBERGER, “Principles of International Criminal Law”, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014 (limited to the parts arranged with the teacher).
- N. BOISTER, “An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law”, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2012 (limited to the parts arranged with the teacher);

Students who cannot attend classes and still want to take the exam are invited to contact the professor.

For further (optional) readings and support, all students may refer to:
- W. A. SCHABAS, “An Introduction to the International Criminal Court”, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- M. DELMAS-MARTY, “Global law: A Triple Challenge”, Ardsley (NY), Transnational Publishers 2003.
- T. OBOKATA, “Transnational Organised Crime in International Law”, Oxford, Hart 2010
- R. BORSARI, “Diritto punitivo sovranazionale come sistema”, Padova, CEDAM, 2007.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Werle, Gerhard; Jessberger, Florian, Principles of international criminal lawby Gerhard Werlein cooperation with Florian Jessberger ... [et al.]. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Boister, Neil, An introduction to transnational criminal law. Oxford: Oxford University press, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo