EIRP Proceedings, Vol 15, No 1 (2020)

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Romanian Criminal Law. The Main Changes in the Legal Content of the Futility of Combating Diseases Offense

Ana Alina Ionescu Dumitrache


In this article we aim at highlighting the main changes that have occurred in the architecture ofcrimes against public health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the scientific endeavor aims athighlighting the intervention of the Romanian criminal legislator in the sense of reconfiguring the legal contentof the crime to prevent diseases in the context imposed by the state of emergency demanded by the COVID-19pandemic. We will analyze the changes and completions made in the matter of art. 352 of the Criminal Codethrough the Emergency Ordinance no. 28/2020 for amending and supplementing Law no. 286/2009 regardingthe Criminal Code, this crime being considered to be particularly serious in the dramatic panorama created byCOVID-19, which can seriously endanger important social values such as life and health.


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