Athina Sachoulidou, Maria Kaiafa Gbandi, Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou

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This article presents comprehensively the philosophy behind and the structure of criminal law in the Greek legal order as well as its implementation in the everyday practice. Following a brief introduction to the historical background of Greek criminal law and its progressive Europeanisation, this article is divided into two parts: In the first part, it examines the fundamental tenets of substantive criminal law, the crime’s identity and structure, the system of penalties and the basic characteristics of the systematisation of the Greek Criminal Code’s Special Part and the so-called Special Criminal Laws. In the second part, the focus lies on the fundamental principles governing the criminal procedure, the procedural safeguards, the structure of the pre-trial and trial proceedings and the alternative mechanisms of adjudication of criminal cases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElgar Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice
EditorsPedro Caeiro, Sabine Gless, Valsamis Mitsilegas
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781789902990
ISBN (Print)9781789902983
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • criminal law
  • criminal justice
  • Greek law
  • comparative criminal law


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