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Postgraduate Course: EU Criminal Law (LAWS11406)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is aimed to provide the students with the foundations of EU Criminal Law. They will engage in discussion on primary and secondary sources, as well as analysis of the centrepieces of the area. Through the involvement of practitioners, they will be exposed to different approaches and address the topics from a theoretical, and practical, points of view.
Course description EU Criminal Law is probably the fastest-growing area in EU Law, and its relevance and impact have only been growing over last decades. Its uniqueness lies in combining two completely different legal phenomena: on the one hand, EU law, a transnational discipline mainly built around economic freedoms; on the other, criminal law, the most sensitive stronghold of national sovereignty. Even though for decades this was not considered a proper area of EU Law ¿ due to the lack of Union¿s competences ¿ major interaction materialised between the law of the fundamental freedoms and domestic rules related to penalisation. This dramatic interaction has been heightened by recent EU Treaties reforms, which have conferred upon the Union explicit powers in this respect. There is now a comprehensive body of measures in this area, subject to judicial interpretation and implementation by agencies and offices at different levels throughout the Union. Thorny issues have been arising in terms of fundamental rights protection, with an increasing interplay ¿ or even friction ¿ between EU Criminal Law, on the one hand, and international and constitutional laws, on the other.

The course content will cover, inter alia:

* Legal and Historical Background of EU Criminal Law;
* Substantive Criminal Law;
* Principles and Legal Bases;
* Procedural Criminal Law and Mutual Recognition;
* The European Arrest Warrant (legislation, interpretation and enforcement);
* EU Bodies, offices and agencies operating in EU Criminal Law.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (does not contribute to overall marks):«br /»
500 words outline or short PowerPoint presentation on a topic indicated by the Course Organiser. «br /»
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Summative Assessment:«br /»
* Class Participation - worth 10% of overall mark«br /»
* Abstract (1000 words) - worth 25% of overall mark«br /»
* Presentation - worth 65% of overall mark
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate and/or work with an appreciation of the body of knowledge that constitutes EU Criminal Law.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in practical contexts related to EU Criminal Law.
2. Obtain, organise and use factual, theoretical and/or hypothetical information in problem solving.
3. Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced skills associated with EU Criminal Law.
4. Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities at a professional level
in practice related to EU Criminal Law.
5. Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts.
KeywordsCriminal Law,European,Treaties,Constitutional Law,European Arrest Warrant
Course organiserDr Leandro Mancano
Tel: (0131 6)50 2050
Course secretaryMiss Maree Hardie
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588
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