Criminal Law Review Biannual judicial doctrine and case-law publication published by Romanian Association of Penal Sciences and Universul Juridic Publishing House ISSN 2248–0528
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New Criminal legislation. Preliminary considerations

George Antoniu


The author starts by making a brief presentation of the realities of the Romanian society, which demanded drawing-up of a new Criminal Code and of a new Code of Criminal Procedure. These fundamental shifts occurred in the society demanded for a coordinated scientific reaction against the facts liable to weaken the very existence of the society and alter the good cohabitation of people. Maintaining and observing the legal order are critical objectives of the criminal law.

The author explores in details the purpose of the criminal law and the principle of the legality of criminal offences and of the criminal law sanctions, in terms of both the domestic legislation and the legislative experience of other countries in the European Union.

The theoretical explanations of the author are accompanied by numerous remarks on the regulations in the new Criminal Code, as well as by several proposals of de lege ferenda.