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Admission requirements



From a comparative perspective several criminal justice systems existing in the Western world will be discussed, including the way in which they have been shaped in the common and civil law traditions. Starting point is that every system is an organic whole, that elements out of this system can only be understood in their context – system as well as (legal) culture – and cannot be transplanted without consequences for the rest of the system. Subjects discussed will among other things include the principle of legality; evidence; procedures; defence; punishment.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
The course in Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure is designed to acquaint students with different systems of criminal law, showing for example that the choices made in national law are not universal, that a fair trial can also take on very different shapes in different circumstances, and that choices also involve the (legal) culture of a country.

Achievement levels:
Understanding of and feeling for a comparative legal approach of national law (structural as well as cultural).


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Mode of instruction


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  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Two 2-hour seminars per week during five weeks. One of the seminars is given in English and one in Dutch. Students take part in one of the two seminars.

  • Names of instructors: Prof. J.F. Nijboer

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Other methods of instruction

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Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Paper

Submission procedures
See Reader

Areas to be tested within the exam
The compulsory literature, the reader and any topics discussed during classes.


More information on this course is offered on “Blackboard”:

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • ‘Comparative criminal law and procedure’


  • A reader for this course is available at Onderwijsmaterialen, KOG, room A0.45

Recommended course materials:

  • None


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Prof. mr. J.F. Nijboer

  • Work address: KOG, room C1.36b

  • Contact information: By appointment through email

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7531

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Criminal Law and Criminology

  • Division: Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, Steenschuur 25, room C 1.01

  • Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00-17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7518

  • E-mail:


The course is taught in two groups: an English and a Dutch speaking group. If the number of students wishing to participate in this course exceeds capacity, exchange and Study Abroad students will have preference. Dutch students are allowed to participate in the English group if they indicate this preference and provided that there is room.
Students with no law background can be allowed to take part in this course after an interview with the instructor, where additional course material will be agreed upon.