Advanced Issues in EU Criminal Law and Policy

30 March – 4 April 2020   print this page

Course directors:

Vesna Nikolić Ristanović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Maja Munivrana Vajda, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sunčana Roksandić Vidlička, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ksenija Turković, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France
Marc Engelhart, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany

Course description:

The main objective of this course, which was introduced as a Jean Monnet module, is to transfer advanced knowledge and understanding of the EU Substantive Criminal Law and Protection of Victims.As to methodology, the course will represents a forum for academic debate and develop problem-solving abilities and critical thinking. It will be taught as a combination of case solving, lecturing and discussions, in an interactive form and students will be encouraged to debate, comment and ask questions during the class.


Cognitive Skills:


After having successfully mastered the course, the student will be able to:

- interpret concepts of EU criminal law and rights of victims in accordance with valid methods of interpretation of criminal law norms:

- demonstrate the mutual causation and connection of general and special part of criminal law and illustrate interfacses of national regulations with the EU regulations;

- apply acquired knowledge in the area of victim protection in practice;

- use and properly interpret regulations from the area of substantive criminal law of EU and vctim protection


After having successfully mastered the course, the student will be able to:

- analyse the relation between the Council of Europe and EU, connection between legal instruments and their influence on national legislation

- examine harmonisation of national criminal legislation with basic principles of criminal law of the EU

- compare Croatian criminal law system with criminal law systems of other member states of the EU

- distinguish between different mechanisms of protection of victims of crimes

- connect the application of the existing European Court and European Court of Human Rights practice on the development of EU criminal law and protection of the rights of victims in member states of the EU

- extract disfunctional norms of European criminal law and examine causes and consequences of the creation of such norms


After having successfully mastered the course, the student will be able to:

- propose necessary changes of substantive criminal legislation and protection of victims on the EU level

- draw proposals of necessary changes in national legislations in order to adjust them with EU criminal substantive law and law of victim protection

- prepare a background for professional analysis of individual institutes of EU criminal law and minimal rights guaranteed to victims of crime in the area of EU

- formulate basic characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of legal and judicial policy of punishing crimes which are of interest for the EU

- propose solutions for improvement of these systems

- build a methodological system to prepare written papers in the area of EU criminal law and victim protection


After having successfully mastered the course, the student will be able to:

- reexamine manners of passing legislation on the EU level

- estimate the quality and sustainability of the implementation of national legislation

- compare different methodological approaches of member states in the implementation of acquis communitaire

- select further study of individual segments of EU criminal substantive law and victim protection

- evaluate the role of the EU in the creation of a coherent system of victim protection on the level of member states

Practical and Generic Skills:

After having successfully mastered the course, the student will be able to:

- publicly present the acquired studying outcomes;

- express himself/herself in clear and appropriately structured text whereby reasoning his/her positions;

- develop communication skills;

- participate in team work.

- get involved in the work of nongovernmental organisations ofr the protecxtion of the rights of victims

Matching Assessments to Learning Outcomes:

1- Essay and oral examination for testing learning outcomes - knowledge and understanding

2. Problem questions - application of acquired knowledge to concrete cases

3. Preparation of written student papers - synthesis and evaluation

4. Preparation of presentation of their own research

5. Individual learning outcomes are continuously tested during classes. Grades earned in class are taken into consideration in the formulation of the final grade. Criteria for evaluation are all learning outcomes.