Professor Sadiq Reza
How selected countries investigate crime and prosecute people alleged to have committed it. Topics include sources of criminal procedure law in each country, police powers of investigation and interrogation, roles of prosecutor and judge, trial procedure, and right to defense counsel and other rights of the accused. Countries studied are chosen from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America (but not each of these areas is necessarily represented). The criminal procedure law of each country is studied both in comparison to that of the U. S. and as paradigmatic of the type of legal system in which it exists—common law, civil law, religious law, or a combination of different legal systems. Central tensions and themes are identified and explored to focus the comparative analysis—e.g., individual rights vs. state power; truth-finding vs. process; evidentiary rules and burdens of proof; the influence of "culture." Grades for the course are based on students’ in-class presentations and on a take-home examination. Enrollment limited.
Prerequisite: Either Criminal Procedure: Investigation (CRI100) or Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (CRI110).