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The following list gives examples of some of the issues which are of interest of the Centre.
It is neither exclusive nor exhaustive, and is presented simply to suggest the scope and variety of the Centre’s concerns. Some issues which are in the interest of the Centre may be presented to show their scope and variety:
  • historical and cultural backgrounds of legal provisions and concepts important for criminal justice system;
  • the history of penal ideas and of the institutions of criminal law;
  • analyses of philosophical, theoretical, empirical foundations of domestic and foreign provisions in substantive and procedural law de lege lata and de lege ferenda;
  • philosophical, cultural and legal dogmatic problems of abolitionism;
  • an examination of alternative forms of reaction to criminality;
  • problems of principles and legal constructions of penal protection of environment;
  • problems of regulation by criminal law of the protection of electronic information and data and protection of copy rights;
  • issues of regulation by criminal law of questions concerning biology, medicine and genetics;
  • relation between penal and civil regulations and the use of constructions of criminal law in regulation of business affairs;
  • philosophical, political, criminological and legal dogmatic conditions and limits of criminalization and punitiveness;
  • relations between disciplinary penalties and regulations and criminal law;
  • the question of modern rules and practice of typization of offences and real enforcement of criminal law;
  • social and philosophical conditions of discussion about free will and guilt and their influence on dogmatic concepts in substantive criminal law;
  • relations between criminal law and education, especially the role of rules and provisions of criminal law in proceedings with juveniles;
  • questions related to statutory and real models of criminal and penitentiary policy;
  • the issue of the social, political , cultural and economic costs of criminal and penitentiary policy;
  • legal principles and models of social and correctional work in prison;
  • carrying out penalties against persons of different cultures;
  • women in criminal and penitentiary policy;
  • models of probation and alternative penalties, ideas, history, legal provisions and practice;
  • principles of functioning, training, responsibility and public democratic control of services related to work for the criminal justice system and public security services;
  • relations between procedural and substantial requirements necessary for the real enforcement of different concepts of criminal liability;
  • influence of large-scale migration and other processes of globalization on the theory, legal provisions and practice of criminal justice system;
  • analyses of specifics and conditions of the development of international criminal law and principles and practice of cooperation in criminal matters;
  • examinations from the perspective of political sciences, of the complex relations between criminal law and politics in respect of both internal and international law;
  • the risks of erosion of the criminal provisions which guarantee protection of civil liberties, examined and analyzed from the perspective of procedural criminal law, human rights law and phenomenon of so called “war on terrorism”;
  • the question of war in criminal law ( problems and conditions of responsibility for triggering off a war, and for war crimes de lege lata and de lege ferenda);
  • questions relating to the use of cultural forms (e.g. drama, literature, art) as modes of social and/or therapeutic intervention within criminal justice systems;
  • the issue of cultural representations of punishment in art, literature, theatre, film and the mass media, and their relation to social and political consciousness;
  • sociological theories and analyses of the criminal justice system;
  • confrontation of psychological and sociological researches and concepts of determinants of deviant behaviour with theoretical , philosophical and legal dogmatic concepts of criminal provisions concerning proceedings and punishments

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