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GIP5070699, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
LAW (Ord. 2017)
GI0270, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CRIMINAL LAW AND ECONOMICS
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 DEBORA PROVOLO IUS/17

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 Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Padova 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 PROVOLO DEBORA (Presidente)
ALAGNA ROCCO (Membro Effettivo)
BORSARI RICCARDO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The following programme is applicabile both for the academic year 2018/2019 and for the academic year 2019/2020.
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.
A basic knowledge of English language will suffice to attend the course; the proper use of legal English language with regard to the specific subject will be acquired during the course.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of economic criminal law and of criminology of white-collar crime. In particular, the course aims at providing students the basics of the subject together with the critical awareness of the main problems concerning criminal law in its supranational dimension and the relations with the economic science. Purpose of the course is also to provide students with the theoretical instruments needed to understand and critically analyse concrete cases. Another purpose of the course is to improve students' knowledge of legal English language with regard to the specific subject.
Examination methods: The exam consists in an oral interview on two topics covered during the course; one topic will be chosen by the candidate, the other one by the Commission.
Students who gave a class presentation of a criminal case or of a paper on a specific topic, assigned by the teacher, will be examined on one topic only (different from those discussed in the presentation).
Possibility of extraordinary exam sessions.
Assessment criteria: - complete knowledge of the subject;
- ability to apply principles and norms to concrete cases;
- ability to communicate the acquired knowledge.
Course unit contents: - The penal intervention in the exercise of economic activities. "White-collar" crime: notion and criminological aspects.
- Economic crimes and globalisation: characters and forms of transnational crime.
- Sources of international and supranational law on the prevention and repression of economic criminality.
- Corporate criminal liability in the internal and supranational dimensions.
- Instruments to contrast profitability of economic crime: confiscation; anti-money laundering.
- Economic crimes and organised crime.
- Economic organised crime in the environmental sector. Penal protection of environment and instruments to contrast eco-mafias.
- Corporate corruption. The role of the "whistle-blowing" in the fight against corruption and in the prevention of white-collar crimes.
- New information and communication technologies and economic crimes. Cybercrimes (in particular, abusive access to computer systems; criminal damage to computer systems; computer frauds; computer violations of privacy; computer crimes of copyright infringement).
- White-collar crime and restorative justice.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Frontal lessons;
- Study and discussions in class of concrete cases.
- In–depth seminars.
- Lectures held by foreign professors and experts.

Students attending classes will be actively involved in the discussion of cases and materials delivered during the course.

During the course, students attending classes will have the opportunity to (voluntarily) present and discuss in class criminal cases or a paper on a specific topic, arranged with the teacher; in this case the results of the presentation will be evaluated as part of the final examination and the oral interview will be reduced to one topic only (different from those covered by the presentation in class).

Classes and exams will be delivered in English language. The teacher will be at full disposal of students to help them with any issue related with the subject or the proper use of legal English language.
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Notes and materials from the course (available on moodle).

Students who cannot attend classes and still want to take the exam are invited to contact the teacher for further indications and for the personalisation of the study materials.

For further (optional) readings and support, all students may refer to:
- E.H. SUTHERLAND, White Collar Crime, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1961.
- G. GEIS, White-collar and corporate crime, Oxford University Press, 2016;
- S.R. VAN SLYKE, M.L. BENSON, F.T. CULLEN (eds.), The Oxford handbook of white-collar crime, Oxford University Press, 2016;
- B. ZAGARIS, International white collar crime. Cases and materials, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
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