Criminal Law and Judicial Procedure

The studies of Criminal Law and Judicial Procedure include jurisprudence, criminal policy and criminology. Jurisprudence focuses on normative and criminology on empirical research. Criminal policy, in turn, focuses on decision-making and systematization of the empirical material. Judicial procedure deals with the questions of criminal and civil process.

Students themselves are allowed to decide on how to construct their studies of criminal and procedure law. The students can choose criminal law as a major or a minor or they can choose to take a deeper look into a certain aspect of judicial life. Criminal and procedure law is also an excellent subject to combine with other judicial and social sciences: law and economics, social policy, sociology, philosophy, education, language studies and administrative studies.

The fundamental structures of states are changing constantly: internationalization has become more and more relevant in the Finnish legislation and judicial system, especially in the last few decades. Therefore, there is an increasing need for experts on criminal and procedure law. Students graduating from criminal law are employed in tasks where experience in judicial affairs together with the knowledge of national and international juridical regulations is required: as frontier and duty guardians, as police officers, as research fellows and as administrators in international organizations and national bodies.