Advanced Criminal Law (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Ivan Salvadori
Ivan Salvadori
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2021 dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes


The Advanced Criminal Law course enables students to acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze the general principles of the special part of the Italian Penal Code in comparative perspective. Furthermore, it enables students to solve law-case studies on the basis of a legal methodology.

On completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- have a basic knowledge of the general principles of Italian and Comparative Criminal Law
- identify and critically evaluate the role played by national and European tribunals
- assess and critically comment upon the concepts and main elements of the environmental crimes, the crimes against the public safety and the main counter-terrorism offences
- demonstrate an appropriate level of research skills in locating, evaluating and interpreting academic opinions and sources of Italian and comparative Criminal law, but also the case-law.
- solve problems and individual cases using the knowledge gained from the course
- acquire the skills to use library, legal databases and online resources independently



The course is divided in three parts:

1st Part: Environmental crimes

2nd Part: Crimes against public safety

3rd Part: Counter-terrorism offences


Language of teaching for this course is Italian. The literature and auxiliary material are basically in Italian.

For students attending classes, the course will be mainly based on lectures and cooperative learning activities. Workshops, seminars about specific topics or case studies could be organized during the course. Some lectures or seminars could be also delivered by distinguished Visiting Professors. The online registration to the University e-learning platform will provide students with a source of reference, bibliography, scientific papers and selected case-law.

The professor will provide support to students non-attending classes during the office hours (see the Law Department webpage).

Students not-attending classes and ERASMUS students are kindly requested to contact the Professor at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on the exam’s program and the books and material to study.


For students attending classes, the reference book, available also in the Law Library, are:
- RUGA RIVA C., Diritto penale dell’ambiente, 3° ed., Torino, 2016
- FIANDACA G., MUSCO E., Diritto penale, Parte speciale, vol. I, cap. I, sez. III (“I delitti di associazione politica”); cap. VI (“I delitti contro l’incolumità pubblica”), 5° ed., Bologna, 2012

For Erasmus students, the reference book, available also in the Law Library, are:
- BRUINSMA G., JOHNSON S. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology, Oxford, 2018
- AA.VV. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Terrorism, Oxford, 2019
- FIANDACA G., MUSCO E., Diritto penale, Parte speciale, vol. I, cap. I, sez. III (“I delitti di associazione politica”); cap. VI (“I delitti contro l’incolumità pubblica”), 5° ed., Bologna, 2012


The material provided by the professor throughout the entire course and available on the University e-learning platform represent the primary studying resource for students attending classes. The regular consultation of the sources and case-law is warmly recommended.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
RUGA RIVA C. Diritto penale dell’ambiente (Edizione 3) Giappichelli 2016 9788892101739
FIANDACA G., MUSCO E. Diritto penale. Parte speciale. Vol. I (Edizione 5) Zanichelli 2012
PISANI N., CORNACCHIA L. (a cura di) Il nuovo diritto penale dell’ambiente Zanichelli 2018 978-88-08-92102-4
PELISSERO M. (a cura di) I reati contro l’ambiente ed il territorio, in AA.VV., Trattato teorico/pratico di diritto penale (Edizione 2) Giappichelli 2019 978-88-921-1387-9
Enrico Napolitano Manuale di diritto penale ambientale Zanichelli 2021

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam consists of an oral exam. Students attending classes have the possibility to divide the exam into two parts (written part: 50% of the final note; oral part: 50% of the final note).

The final exam aims at verifying:
• The level of achievement of the learning outcomes previously identifies
• The linguistic accuracy
• The argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving skills
• The ability to connect systematically the knowledge achieved

Students attending classes and Erasmus students have the possibility to write a short paper on specific topics, upon agreement with the professor. The paper will be discussed during the oral examination and will be part of the final exam.

Grades are awarded on a scale from 18 to 30, where 30 is the highest grade and 18 is the lowest grade to pass the exam. In case of an excellent knowledge, a high level of linguistic accuracy and an argumentative, reasoning and problem-solving capacity the candidate may earn the highest grade with “cum laude” honor.