University of Sussex: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

InstitutionUniversity of Sussex
Department Law
Telephone 01273 678655
Study type Taught


Problems of criminal law and criminal justice are central to our society; this course addresses challenging issues of criminal law – the law of homicide, sexual offences, inchoate liability, capacity and defences – along with important questions of criminal procedure and practice such as the role of the police, the nature of the trial process, youth justice and penal policy. Criminal law is always in flux, and throughout this course we guide your engagement with the debates and criticisms that are shaping the law. You will be taught by internationally recognised academics who specialise in the following topics: Criminal law and the family; comparative criminal law; law reform; restorative justice; hate crime; criminal theory. You will explore issues from a practical point of view as well as from theoretical, comparative and international perspectives, be exposed to the latest debates in criminal law and justice, and have a chance to discuss and engage with on-going research projects. We will train you in research methods, then guide you as you move on to research some of these areas for yourself.


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