The Department of Criminal Law Disciplines was established as a part of the Institute of National and International Law in 2003. The present-day title was received in 2007.
There are 15 employees at the department, including 3 doctors of legal sciences, specialty 12.00.09 - O. O. Podobnyy; I.V. Glovuk, specialty 12.00.08 - N.A. Orlovskaya; 5 candidates of jurisprudence - I. L. Kalimbet, O. O. Mawed, A. M. Medentsev, N. V. Neledva, A. M. Prytula; Senior lecturer O.K. Galytska; Laboratory assistant GV Palamarchuk, postgraduate students - D. A. Bialkovsky, L. V. Kushnir, A. Pakhlevanzade, A. V. Syrotyuk, G. V. Solomyana.
Most of the teaching staff and postgraduate staff of the department have considerable experience in law enforcement agencies, internal affairs bodies, security agencies, border guard service, prosecutor's office, as well as in the bar.
Since the establishment of the department at different times, they have been headed by D.Sc., associate professor O.S.Sainchin, D.Sc., associate professor Yu.O.Gurdzhi. As head of the formation and development of the department, a significant contribution was made by D.Sc., Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine Vasily Dmitrievich Bernaz.
Currently, the department is headed by Doctor of Law, Professor Alexander Aleksandrovich Podobnyy.
In 2011, the department opened a postgraduate study program in specialties: "12.00.08. - Criminal Law and Criminology; Criminal Execution Law "," 12.00.09. - Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics; Forensic Examination; Operational-search activity ", and from 2013 - a doctorate in specialty 12.00.09.
The department carries out teaching of such disciplines as "Criminal Law", "Criminology", "Criminal-executive law", "Criminal process", "Criminology", "Fundamentals of Operative and Investigative Activity", "Forensic Medicine and Psychiatry", "Judicial and Law Enforcement Organs of Ukraine "," Advocacy "and others.
Realizing the specialty "Criminal Justice", the "Detective" circle is active in the framework of which the leading scientists, the most experienced teachers and law enforcement officials conduct classes with students in such urgent areas as tactics of conducting investigation (search) actions, detecting traces of a crime and conducting forensic researches, identification of criminals according to their fingerprints, diagnosis of lies in the process of communication, familiarization with the work of the polygraph, sports and practical shooting, visiting sessions, penitentiary institutions, museums of human anatomy, police history, etc.
The staff conducts active research work within the framework of two scientific schools that function at the department: "Criminal-legal and Criminological Aspects of Ensuring the Development of Ukraine in the Conditions of European Integration" (Professor N. A. Orlovskaya); "Actual Problems of Improvement of Procedural, Forensic and Operative-Investigating Principles of Criminal Justice" (Professor O.O. Podobnyy).
Annually in the first decade of October, with the support of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, an international scientific and practical conference "Actual Problems of Criminal Law, Process and Criminology" is held, according to the results of which a collection of materials is published.
A number of monographs and teaching aids were issued by the faculty: F.V. Shimanskyy "Corruption and Shadow Economy" (2004), "Criminal Law and Criminological Research"; Yu. O. Gurji "Legal Protection of a Person in a Criminal Trial: questions of theory and methodology" (2007), Yu. A. Gurdzhi "Methodology of Research on Human Rights Issues in Criminal Justice in Ukraine: current state and prospects of development" (2008); F.V. Shymansky "Crimes in the Field of Service and Their Investigations" (2009); V.D. Bernaz, M.V. Saltevsky "Criminology" (2009); O.O. Podobnyy "Counteraction to Organized Crime Related to Abduction" (2009); M.P.Vodko, O.O. Podobnyy "Criminal Legislation on Combating Organized Crime" (2010); Yu. A. Gurji "Patient in Criminal Proceedings: Legal Means of Ensuring Activity" (2010); A.M.Prytula (co-author) "Crimes against the environment" (2010); A. M. Prytula, E. L. Streltsov "Illegal transfer of persons across the state border of Ukraine: the composition of the crime" (2011); O. O. Podobnyy "Operational and Investigative Activities of Internal Affairs Offices in Combating Organized Crime" (2012); NA Orlovskaya "Grounds and Principles of Creating Criminal Laws" (2012); A. M. Prytula, E. L. Streltsov "Smuggling: The Composition of the Crime" (2012); O. O. The similar "Fundamentals of operational and investigative activity" (2015) and others.
The staff of the department has compiled a number of scientific and practical comments on legislation: the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine (V.D. Bernaz), the Law of Ukraine "On Operational Investigative Activity" (VD Bernas, AM Prytula), the Law of Ukraine "On the Militia "(AM Prytula) and others.
By maintaining scientific links with academic and research institutions, teachers systematically participate in scientific and practical conferences, seminars and symposia on issues of Criminal, Criminal-executive Law, Criminology, Criminal Procedure, Criminalistics, Operative and Investigative Activities.
The teaching staff carries out the review of monographs, prepares reviews for dissertations and abstracts, participates in the certification of scientific personnel within the framework of the work of specialized academic councils and acts as opponents. The results of scientific research of the department are reflected in the series of scientific articles, published in domestic and foreign publications and collections, recognized by the professionals in legal disciplines, located in the leading scientific libraries of Ukraine and foreign countries.
The activities of the Department of Criminal Law, Process and Criminology are aimed at training highly qualified lawyers who seek professional success, able to think critically, make fair decisions in the interests of people and society, and ensure the rights and legitimate interests of participants in criminal proceedings.