Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal law concerns acts and omissions contrary to the laws of the land, which are punished by the state. It is this latter feature which distinguishes criminal law from private law. Whereas private law, concerns the legal relationship between formally equal parties, criminal law focuses on the relationship between the state and individual persons subordinated to its jurisdiction, with regard to crime and punishment. Criminal law determines which acts and omissions constitute crimes as well as which punishment or other penal sanctions may be imposed.

Criminal law scholarship seeks to structure the criminal justice system by providing a systematic categorisation and uniform conceptual framework that can facilitate the system’s practical application.


Jaan Paju
Director of Doctoral Studies
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Teresa Simon Almendal
Vice Dean / Chairman of the Research Committee
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