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Postgraduate Course: EU Criminal Law (LAWS11406)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 2023/24, 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:
(* Component marks to do not contribute to student's overall course mark/grade. The aim of formative assessments is to monitor student learning).

500 words outline or short PowerPoint presentation on a topic indicated by the Course Organiser.

Summative Assessment:
(* Component marks contribute to student's overall course mark/grade. The aim of summative assessments is to assess student learning).

1) Class Participation - worth 10% of overall mark
2) Mini-Moot - with a written and oral component - worth 50% and 40% respectively.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  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.
Reading List
1. Craig and De BĂșrca, EU Law, seventh edition, OUP, 2020;
2. Ambos, European Criminal Law, CUP, 2018;
3. Mitsilegas, EU Criminal Law, Hart Publishing, 2009;
4. Peers, EU Justice and Home Affairs Law, fourth edition, OUP, 2016;
5. Klip, European Criminal Law, second edition, Intersentia, 2012
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate and/or work with:
- Knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of EU criminal law;
- Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information;
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding In demonstrating originality and/or creativity, including in practices.
KeywordsCriminal Law,European,Treaties,Constitutional Law,European Arrest Warrant,LLM,Postgraduate,Level 11
Course organiserDr Stephen Coutts
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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