Transnational Criminal Law
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusülene kriminaalõigus
Course title in English
Transnational Criminal Law
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of this course is to provide an analysis of Transnational Criminal Law, which is a fast growing area of law. Transnational criminal law also covers measures, which have a significant impact on the protection of fundamental rights, and the relationship between the individual and the State.
Brief description of the course
The course will discuss transnational crimes and the mechanisms, by which States cooperate with each other and with international institutions in order to enforce their national criminal law. Topics discussed include: human trafficking, money laundering, trafficking in illegal items (drugs, weapons, antiquities, flora and fauna, body parts), and other transnational crimes. Also discussed are the main aspects of EU criminal law including: the history and institutions of EU criminal law (including the evolution of the third pillar and its relationship with EC law); harmonization in criminal law and procedure (with emphasis on competence questions); mutual recognition in criminal matters (including the operation of the European Arrest Warrant) and accompanying measures; action by EU bodies facilitating police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters (such as Europol, Eurojust and OLAF); the collection and exchange of personal data, in particular via EU databases and co-operation between law enforcement authorities; and the external dimension of EU action in criminal matters, including EU-US counter-terrorism co-operation.
Independent work
Compulsory reading assignments including case briefs, legislation and scholarly articles to be read before lectures and seminars, as assigned by the lecturer and detailed in the course program. Other tasks may include case analysis, written seminar papers, presentations, independent or group work as detailed in the course program.
Learning outcomes in the course
After a successful completion of the course, a student will:
-Understand the main aspects of EU Criminal Law, which is a fast growing area of EU law.
-Have an understanding of what is transnational criminal law.
-Understand the impact on the protection of fundamental rights and the relationship between the individual and the State.
-Understand how States cooperate with each other in enforcing their national criminal law.
Assessment methods
Written exam.
Other methods as detailed by the lecturer in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.
Samuli Miettinen
Study literature
EU Criminal Law by Valsamis Mitsilegas 2009
An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law. Boister, Neil. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. 2012