LL.M. IN CRIMINAL LAW AND JUSTICE

Modules offered in the First Year
1) Criminal Law Cases & Materials (100 Marks):

This subject is designed to develop critical approach among students on the principle of philosophy and implementation of criminal law, and assess the compatibility of Supreme Court decisions in modern context. It provides an analytical study on the existing criminal legislation and jurisprudence developed by Nepalese Courts along with the cross-reference of SAARC countries. The law graduates will receive extensive knowledge about the relationship between crime, criminal law and sentencing policy through this subject.

2) Forensic Jurisprudence (50 Marks):

It is an interdisciplinary subject that covers various issues of evidence law, criminal justice, scientific methods and technology applied for examination of forensic cum medical  evidences viz; ballistics, fingerprints, Post mortem, DNA etc. It also imparts the knowledge and skills on cross-examination of Forensic Expert with regard to the reliability and admissibility of the lab/medical report & the use/abuse of scientific evidence during criminal litigation. The subject matter is mainly concerned from the scientific standpoint of physical evidence during criminal trials. The law graduates seeking this course will be oriented on forensic evidences in a liberal and wider context, with frequent visits to National Forensic Lab, Central Police Science Lab, Criminal Investigation Department of Police Head Quarters, Office of the Attorneys, Judiciary and Prisons.

3) Juvenile Justice (Children in conflict with law) (50 Marks):

This subject has been introduced in the academic curriculum of legal field only in KSL in Nepal. This is a subject that marks a departure from the traditional courses on criminal law that includes juvenile justice within criminal justice system. The main objective of initiating this independent subject is to provide a platform for consistent study on problems relating to the children in conflict with law and their accessibility to justice. It aims to promote advocacy on the rights of the children and divergent methods for rehabilitation. It explores ways to make the juvenile justice system more efficient and fair through reforms and improvements in accordance to international standards.

4) Comparative Study of Legal Systems (100 Marks):

This subject aims to impart critical ideas related to the tenants and trends of various legal systems that enable students to develop a critical analysis of concepts and principles of law. This subject helps enhance knowledge on theoretical base of Nepalese legal system and thus develop it as a viable system to address the needs with cross reference to jurisprudential development of different civilizations viz; Eastern Jurisprudential Systems (Hindu, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic) and Anglo-American and Continental Legal Systems.

5) Legal Research (100 Marks):

This subject enables students to develop critical understanding on fundamental concepts, elements and process of legal research. The subject familiarizes students with the philosophy, tools, techniques and relate importance of science in the field of socio-legal research. It aims to enhance individual and institutional capacity in improving the legal systems. It will help to generate research-based professionals to involve in multifaceted areas of criminogenic research.

Modules offered in the Second Year
1) Criminology & Penology (100 Marks):

This subject is designed to impart knowledge on different theories of crime by conducting research on the exploration of crime problem and prevention measures. It also aims to develop critical approach on the prevailing penal practices and explore alternatives to imprisonment. It identifies probable areas for advocating victim recovery/support schemes as a basic factor to rehabilitating first time offenders by introducing victim/community services schemes. This course is intended to promote the specialization on alternative modes of sentencing/punishment and crime prevention.

2) Fair Trial (Int’l Human Rights Law in relation to criminal procedure) (100 Marks):

Objective of this subject is to impart comprehensive and analytical knowledge on International Human Rights standard in relation to criminal proceedings. This subject enables to critically analyze the pre- trial, trial and post-trial system of justice delivery by the components of criminal justice system. It also aims to indoctrinate and bring into light the right to humane and proportionate punishment, right to appeal, and right to miscarriage of justice as post trial rights during the criminal proceedings. This subject encourages students to involve in continuous research in the criminal justice system from human rights perspectives. 

3) Seminar (50 Marks), 4) Internship (50 Marks), 5) Dissertation (100 Marks)