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Co-Chair
Heiko Ahlbrecht

Co-Chair
Christine Braamskamp

Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee provides a forum for members from many countries and criminal justice systems to meet regularly, communicate, exchange views, and monitor developments in substantive and procedural criminal law

About the Committee

The Criminal Law Committee provides a forum for members from many countries and criminal justice systems to meet regularly, communicate, exchange views, and monitor developments in substantive and procedural criminal law. The committee focuses on developments of transnational and international significance. The interaction and cooperation within the committee keeps members informed of developments in criminal law and criminal procedures through newsletters and appointed rapporteurs.

The listings of committee members, according to location and practice area, and the ability to utilise the website to inquire about legal and representation issues, promotes the referral of cases to fellow members, mutual cooperation in transnational criminal and related cases, as well as an opportunity to exchange professional experiences and to assist other members in transnational aspects of criminal law cases.

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The abyss and the moon: symbolic criminal jurisprudence in Peru

Criminal law is a form of social control that seeks to preserve essential legal assets by protecting societal norms, which in turn are composed of several subsystems. Thus, for example, the special criminal offences described in the Penal Code include crimes that have to do with integrity and personal freedom, among them crimes of corruption of officials and economic crimes

Released on Dec 13, 2021

Ukrainian jury trials in criminal cases: reasons behind their inefficiency and suggestions for improvement

The jury system is quite common worldwide. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom and United States, trial by jury has been in place for hundreds of years, while many other jurisdictions have only begun involving jurors to justice relatively recently or are in the process of developing or implementing this institution. Trial by jury in Ukraine dates back to as recently as 2012 with the adoption of the new Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine (CPC) by Ukraine’s parliament. The Ukrainian jury belongs to a mixed system where cases are heard by two professional judges and three jurors, and the decision is made by a simple majority of votes.

Released on Oct 28, 2021

CJIP and CRPC: the limits of negotiated criminal justice under French law

On 26 February 2021, in a case of active bribery of public officials and breach of trust in Togo, in which a French group had been prosecuted since 2012, the Paris Criminal Court unexpectedly refused to approve the guilty pleas (comparutions sur reconnaissance préalable de culpabilité or CRPC). The pleas had been accepted by the three individuals: the chairman and the CEO of the group and the international director of a subsidiary of the group. Instead, the court approved the judicial interest agreement (Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public or CJIP, the French DPA) for the legal entity, which will have to pay a public interest fine and for two years, undertake the cost of an anti-corruption compliance programme under the supervision of the French Anti-corruption Agency (the AFA).

Released on Oct 28, 2021

The criminal liability of legal persons: the issue of dissolution

The courts have had few occasions to rule on the grounds that extinguish the criminal liability of a legal person since such liability was added to the Spanish Criminal Code (SCC). The question of whether or not criminal liability should be transferred to a legal person who has neither participated nor had any involvement in the offence raises important technical problems from the point of view of the principle of culpability.

Released on Oct 28, 2021