Criminal Law

Criminal law has traditionally been a central part of the national legal system. Criminal law is a branch of law which defines conduct that is prohibited by the state and it also sets out the punishments to be imposed on those who breach the law. As criminal law is distinctive for the serious potential sanctions for breaching the law, it has close connections to constitutional law, and especially human rights. Criminal law theory (the origins and sources of criminal law, the elements common to all crimes), the structure of the penal system, including the theories of justifying criminal punishment and criminal law policy, are at the centre of the various criminal law courses given at the Faculty of Law.

Research in criminal law at the Faculty of Law is, to a large extent, characterized by themes that could be summed up in the expression, "the role and function of Criminal Law in modern society". This concept includes themes such as criminal law theory, economic crimes, and the penal system in modern society. Research is carried out in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary spirit and researchers participate in networks and research groups on national and international levels.