ATS3937 - Contemporary issues in European criminal justice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr James Roffee

Not offered in 2017



This intensively delivered unit is part of our Criminology in Prato programme.

The unit introduces students to the 'European' criminal justice system. It does so through the explanation and evidencing of the existence and construction of a 'European Criminal Law' despite the official discourse to the contrary. The unit provides an overview of the driving forces of Europeanization particularly in criminal law and criminal justice. It examines the impact of traditional European Union (Community) Law in the criminal sphere and assesses cooperation between countries. In particular the unit addresses contemporary issues of extradition and mutual assistance in the EU. Finally the unit explores the relationship between supra-national institutions of the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe and their intersection with different member states criminal laws and procedures.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. the key elements of the European criminal justice systems;
  2. the driving forces behind the harmonisation of different countries criminal laws and justice systems;
  3. the ways in which European countries are cooperating in matters of criminal justice.In addition third-year students will be required to demonstrate:
  4. a greater degree of critical analysis;
  5. wider reading and greater comprehension of European criminal justice issues.The unit seeks to enhance the ability of students to undertake independent research under the guidance of supervision.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. + Additional requirements + This unit is taught intensively at Prato

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.