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Justification, Imputation And Punishment



    () (Romanian Academy, Legal Research Institute “Andrei Radulescu”, Bucharest, Romania)


The new legal definition of the offense as provided by the Romanian Penal Code (Art. 15) from 2009 refers to a deed that complies with a statutory description, is culpable, unjustified and imputable to the person who committed it. The initial Draft proposal to eliminate the mention about culpability was finally rejected, but the mention about the imputability – considered by the Draft Explanatory Note as covering the domain which is traditionally correlated with culpability – was also maintained in the final form of the legal text and indicates together with the mention about the lack of justification the new direction in that the Romanian criminal law theory should further be developed. The aim of this paper is to provide arguments for stopping this development, pleading in the same time for a new lecture of the traded definition in the Art. 17 of the vigent Penal Code from 1968. Other than the innovations from 2009, the text stamming from 1968 may be considered even today at the stand of the present achieving in the criminal law theory.

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  • Tudor Avrigeanu, 2009. "Justification, Imputation And Punishment," Curentul Juridic, The Juridical Current, Le Courant Juridique, Petru Maior University, Faculty of Economics Law and Administrative Sciences and Pro Iure Foundation, vol. 39, pages 15-37, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pmu:cjurid:v:39:y:2009:p:15-37

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    justification and excuse; imputation; natural law; person; punishment;

    JEL classification:

    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law


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