The book Introduction to the Laws of Timor-Leste Criminal Law is written by USAID, The Asia Foundation, Timor-Leste Education Project. Timor-Leste has enjoyed a decade of formal independence. The country’s democratic institutions have grown during this period. But, as thoughtful Timorese are quick to point out, much remains to be done. Building viable and professional state institutions take time. And increasing human resource capacity within those institutions is always a big challenge for new states.
The authors of the legal working papers focused on writing in clear and concise prose and using hypothetical legal situations, discussion questions, and current events. Through this style of writing and pedagogy, the goal is to make these texts accessible to the widest possible audience. The texts are designed to be widely accessible to experienced Timorese lawyers and judges, government officials, members of civil society, Timorese law students, and the international community. They cover topics ranging from constitutional law to inheritance law and the Oil Fund Law.
Topics of this Edition
I. Concepts of Criminal Law
1. Introduction and Layout of the
2. General Concepts and Goals of the Penal Code
3. Elements of a Crime
II. Penalties and Liability
III. Specific Crimes
1. Crimes against Peace and Humanity
2. Crimes Against Persons
3. Crimes Against Democratic Practice
4. Crimes Against Assets
5. Titles V-VIII
Overview of Introduction to the Laws of Timor-Leste Criminal Law
The capacity-building imperative in Timor-Leste is striking and compelling. Establishing state agencies in the first instance is relatively much easier than filling those agencies with effective professionals who uphold their duties and responsibilities. Building the capacity of a group of Timorese who hold, or may hold, positions in legal and other state institutions is essential. Similarly, developing an educated understanding and awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of key actors within legal institutions and government institutions, in general, contributes to setting performance demands and expectations in politics. Fostering professionalized capacity within state institutions, on the one hand, and thoughtful and calibrated demands for performance by citizens, on the other hand, are essential dynamics for the development of the rule of law and a democratic state in Timor-Leste. . Higher education institutions, such as universities and vocational training centers, can and should play a key role in stimulating and sustaining this dynamic. In fact, education is essential.
|Book Name||Introduction to the Laws of Timor-Leste Criminal Law|
|Author of Book||USAID, The Asia Foundation, Timor-Leste Education Project|