Course code JurZ3032

Credit points 2

Criminal and Legal Aspects of Economic Crimes

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation20.03.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Economics and Regional Development

Course developer

author lect.

Ārija Vitte

Mg. paed.

Prior knowledge

JurZ2005, Basics of Law

Course abstract

The course provides students with knowledge of and develops practical skills in legal matters, especially with regard to the criminal and legal aspects of economic crimes. The course introduces students to the basic terms in criminal law, provides knowledge of criminal offences and the substance of criminal punishment as well as practical knowledge through visiting court hearings.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1) students will be able to:
demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the substance and kinds of economic crimes. Test.
2) demonstrate the knowledge of the legal aspects of economic crimes. Test.
Professional skills to
1) comprehend the legal framework for economic crimes. Independent work.
2) differentiate economic crimes from the other kinds of criminal offences. Group work.
3) assess the process of litigation. Educational litigation game.
Soft skills to
1) present the results of the independent work done. Independent work.
1) independently analyse and assess the process of litigation. Independent work.

2) critically assess litigation in the field of economic crimes. Test.

Course Content(Calendar)

Lectures (16 hours)
1. Criminal law.
2. Concept, composition, features and classification of criminal offenses.
3. Penalty system.
4. Object and subject-matter of economic violations.
5. Criminal offense.
6. Fraud. Appropriation. Extortion.
7. Smuggling. Production, distribution, acquisition, transfer and possession of counterfeit money. 8. Illegal transactions with financial instruments and a medium of exchange.
9. Money laundering and the legalization of other property.
10. Abuse and misuse of powers.
11. Unlawful use of a trademark, goods or services and designs.
12. Business without registration and permission.
13. Driving into insolvency.
14. Accounting and statistical information violations.
15. Illegal storage, movement and sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
16. Forgery of documents, stamps and seals and the sale and use of forged documents.
Practicals (16 hours)
1. Concept, signs and classification of criminal offenses (2 hours).
2. Penalty system (2 hours).
3. Test 1 (1 hour).
4. Object, subject-matter and objective and subjective sides of economic violations (2 hours).
5. Crimes against property (2 hours).
6. Test 2 (1 hour).
7. Crimes in the national economy (2 hours).
8. Visit to the Zemgale Regional Court trying a criminal case for an economic violation (2 hours).
9. Visit to the Jelgava Economic Police Division of Zemgale Region Administration (1 hour)

10. Test 3 (1 hour).

Requirements for awarding credit points

The student must pass three tests and do three pieces of independent work. The student must submit the independent work in writing and receive a pass mark. The course includes group work on differences between economic violations and other criminal violations. During practicals, students visit the Zemgale Regional Court to get acquainted with an economic trial.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student must independently do recommended reading on criminal law and the corpus delicti of economic violations. The student must analyse three specific criminal cases of economic violations and make his/her own judgement.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final mark consists of the following pieces of assessment: three tests (15% each, totally 45%); three pieces of independent work (10% each, totally 30%); group work 15%; a visit to the Zemgale Regional Court trying a criminal case for an economic violation 10%.

Compulsory reading

1. Krastiņš U. (2008) Krimināltiesības. Vispārīgā daļa. Rīga: TNA 308 lpp.
2. Krimināllikums. (2017) 13.izdevums. Rīga: Tiesu nama aģentūra. 271 lpp.
3. Leja M. (2013) Krāpšanas aktuālie jautājumi Latvijas un ārvalstu tiesībās. Rīga: Tiesu nama aģentūra, 636 lpp.

4. Liholaja V. (2017) Komentāri par tiesu praksi krimināllietās. Rīga: TNA, 268 lpp.

Further reading

1. Judins A. (2015) Tiesību ierobežošana Latvijas krimināltiesībās. Latvijas Vēstnesis, Nr. 38, 11.oktobris, 9.-11.lpp.
2. Judins A. (2015) Policijas kontrole Latvijas krimināltiesībās. Latvijas Vēstnesis, Nr. 41, 1.novembris, 15.-17.lpp.
3. Krastiņš U. (2005) Taisnīgums un nodarījumu kvalifikācija. Latvijas Vēstnesis, Nr. 40., 25. oktobris, 4.-6.lpp.
4. Liholaja V. (2005) Kriminālprocesuālais taisnīgums, nodarījumu kvalifikācija un sods. Latvijas Vēstnesis, Nr. 48, 20. decembris, 4.-6.lpp.

5. Podprigora D. (2006) Vainas noteikšana krimināltiesībās. Rīga: Biznesa augstskola Turība, 112 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Republikas oficiālais normatīvo aktu portals. Pieejams:
2. Latvijas Vēstnesis: Latvijas Republikas oficiālais laikraksts. Rīga: Valsts uzņēmums "Latvijas Vēstnesis". ISSN 1407-0391

3. Jurista vārds: una lex-una iustitia omnibus. Rīga: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2017- ISSN 1691-2462


Elective course for LLU bachelor programmes.