Objectives of the course

Introducing students with basic notions of criminal law, especially with the notion of criminal offense and criminal responsibility, then with the basic institutes of criminal law (intent, negligence, legal and factual misconception). To emphasize the importance of criminal sanctions in the fight against crime and their individualization according to the personality of the perpetrator. Within the special part of the criminal law, students will be introduced to the most important crimes from the standpoint of the applicable Criminal Code in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CodeSubject statusSemesterClassesECTS
P-KRI Compulsory IV 3+2 7

Acquired knowledge

Students’ ability to understand the importance of criminal law for legal stability and legal security of citizens, establishing social order and preserving basic social values. Students should be motivated to understand the importance of criminal justice in combating crime as a social evil.

Content of the subject

The notion of criminal law; basic principles of criminal law, development of criminal law; sources of criminal law; relationship of criminal law with related sciences; the notion of a criminal offense; guilt, the basis of exclusion of guilt; preparation and attempts of the criminal offense, complicity, criminal offense, criminal sanctions, the term and types of punishment and sentencing; suspended sentence and judicial admonition; security measures; special provisions on juveniles; obsolescence and rehabilitation; special crimes (crimes against life and body, liberty and rights of man and citizen, honor and reputation, full freedom, marriage and family, intellectual property, economy, property, human health, environment, general security of people and property, public security traffic, computer data, constitutional order and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, state organs, judiciary, public order and peace, official duties, humanity and other goods protected by international law).

Teaching methods and material mastering

Lectures, exercises, consultations, written examinations (colloquiums) individual student work (seminar and homework, papers, etc.), as well as group participation of students in the study of certain thematic units.

Forms of knowledge assessment

  • Test 1 (0-15 points)
  • Test 2 (0-15 points)
  • Final exam (0-50 points)
  • Seminar(s) (0-10 points)