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    Hofstra University
  Dec 13, 2017
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LAW 2795 - Comparative Criminal Law

This course looks at how different legal systems in the Western tradition approach the problem of controlling crime, with special emphasis on the criminal laws of England, France, Italy, Germany, and the United States. After an overview of the different systems, including a discussion of courts, legal traditions, legal actors, and criminal procedure, we will turn to a comparison of theories of criminal liability, comparing standard Western theories of legality, crime and punishment with those of other traditions, including that of the former Soviet Union. We will then select topics from the special part of the substantive criminal law – for example, homicide and provocation, sexual offenses, terrorism, organized crime – and topics from the general part – such as culpability, acts and omissions, the excuse of insanity, the justification of self-defense. Finally we will look at the rights of defendants protected in constitutional and supranational courts like the European Court of Human Rights.

Credits: 2

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