The Department of Criminal Law and Procedure was established in March, 1996 and in October, 2008 it was renamed the Department of Criminal Law according to the decision of Academic Council of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University.

The department is a structural subdivision of the University and the Law Institute, providing educational and methodical work in a number of related disciplines in the realm of Criminal Law and carries out research in this area.

The Department of Criminal Law was headed by: V. K. Hryshchuk (1996-1997), Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, Corresponding Member of National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine; V. D. Basai (1997-2008), Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.

There are seven lecturers at the department today: P. L. Fris, Doctor of Law, Professor;  I. B. Medytskyi, PhD in Law, Associate Professor; Yu. I. Mykytyn, PhD in Law, Associate Professor; O. Yu. Petechel, PhD in Law, Associate Professor; I. V. Kozych, PhD in Law, Associate Professor; S. V. Kaduk, PhD in Law, Associate Professor; V.V. Shpiliarevych, PhD in Law, Associate Professor.

Specialized disciplines are taught by Yu V. Kerniakevych-Tanasiichuk, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor; V. M. Voloshynovych, PhD in Medical Sciences, Associate Professor.

  1. A. Dobrianska, senior assistant of the department, does activities of organizational and technical support of the educational process.

In 2013 Master’s degree program was introduced at the department and in 2017 Master’s degree on specialization ‘05 Criminal and Legal Support for Public Relations Protection’ was introduced.

In 1999 at the Department of Criminal Law and Procedure (now – the Department of Criminal Law) a graduate school was opened in the specialty ‘12.00.09 –  criminal proceedings and forensic science; forensic examination; operative-search activity’ . The best graduate students became the members of the department. Thus, I. B. Medytskyi, Yu. I. Mykytyn, O.Yu. Petechel, S.V.Kaduk, I.V. Kozych work as full-time teachers at the department today. In 2014 a graduate school was open in the specialty ‘12.00.08 – criminal law and criminology; criminal-executive law’, since 2018 – 081 ‘Law’. Today, there are 6 postgraduate students.

For law students, the department provides teaching of specialized disciplines for full-time and part-time students in the specialty 081 ‘Law’ and a number of disciplines of the student’s choice.

All disciplines taught by the staff of the department are fully provided with educational, methodical, and informational material, the development and the teaching staff of the department constantly does improvement. In addition, an educational and methodical office (classroom 304) was created to implement the decision of the Academic Council of the Law Institute at the Department of Criminal Law. All scientific and methodical work is concentrated here, meetings of the department, scientific and methodical seminars of the department, students’ research clubs are held. The office is equipped with modern multimedia equipment, contains a number of educational stands on basic disciplines taught at the department.

The teaching is largely based on the results of research work of teachers.

The foundation for the further development of the scientific school of Pavlo Fris, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine was laid at the department. Representatives of the research school are actively developing policy issues in the field of crime prevention.

The representatives of P. Fris’ research school are N.Savinova, K. Marysiuk, Yu. Kerniakevych-Tanasiichuk, I. Medytskyi, V. Kondratyshyna, Yu. Mykytyn, A. Habuda, L. Fedorak, I. Kozych., E. Mnyshenko, V. Shpiliarevych and others.

The following dissertations for PhD degree were defended: I. B. Medytskyi ‘Influence of Social Factors on Crime in the Conditions of Formation of the Ukrainian State’ (Kyiv National University of Internal Affairs, 2007) and Yu. I. Mykytyn ‘Restorative Justice in Criminal Procedure: International Experience and Prospects for Development in Ukraine’ (National Academy of the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, 2010), I.V. Kozych ‘Criminal Law Policy in the Sphere of Combating Violent Crimes’ (Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, 2012); V.V. Shpiliarevych ‘Criminal and Legal Security Measures’ (Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, 2015).

At the level of doctoral dissertations the issues of the research school are developed by: I. B. Meditskyi ‘Consequences of Crime: Theoretical and Applied Aspects’; Yu. I. Mykytyn  ‘Criminal Procedure Policy of the European Union’; І. В. Kozych ‘Functions of Criminal Law Policy’, O. Yu. Petechel ‘Aggression: legal and Psychological Assessment’.

Scientific and methodological achievements of the teaching staff are textbooks, manuals, monographs, educational and methodical works, and scientific articles. Monographs:

  1. Fris ‘Essay on the History of Criminal Law Policy of Ukraine” (2005);
  2. Fris ‘Criminal Law Policy of the Ukrainian State: Theoretical, Historical and Legal Issues’ (2005);
  3. Fris ‘Criminal Law of Poland and Ukraine in the Context of the European Union’ (2008);
  4. Fris ‘Policy in the Field of Crime Preventing and Human Rights’ (2009);
  5. Medytskyi ‘Influence of Social Factors on Crime in the Conditions of Formation of the Ukrainian State’ (2007);
  6. Petechel ‘Use of Special Psychological Knowledge about Juvenile Participants in the Pre-trial Investigation’ (2011).


  1. Fris. Criminal Law of Ukraine. General part : Textbook for students of higher educational institutions. K .: Attica, 2004. 498 p .;
  2. Fris. Criminal Law of Ukraine. General part. 2nd edition supplemented and revised. Textbook. K .: ATIKA, 2008 512 p.;

Textbooks recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as textbooks for students of law universities of Ukraine:

  1. Fris ‘Criminal Law of Ukraine. General part’ (2004);
  2. Fris ‘Collection of Tasks on Criminal Law. General part’ (1998);
  3. Fris ‘Short Dictionary of Criminal Law Terms and Concepts” (1999);
  4. Fris ‘Criminal law of Ukraine. General part. In schemes and definitions’ (2000);
  5. Fris ‘Criminal Law of Ukraine. Tests’ (2003);

I.Meditskyi ‘Crime Prevention’ (2008); and others.

The staff of the department organizes the annual All-Ukrainian scientific conferences ‘Policy in the Field of Crime’, which are regularly attended by leading scientists of Ukraine: doctors of law, professors and academicians of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.

The department was involved in the development of the Comprehensive Crime Prevention Program in Ivano-Frankivsk until 2020, approved by the decision of the Ivano-Frankivsk City Council dated April 26, 2016 № 101-5.

At the Department of Criminal Law there is a students’ research club dealing with the issues of criminal law regulation. The work of the club is carried out in two areas:

1) Theoretical and practical issues of criminal law (supervised by I. Kozych);

2) Current issues of criminology and legal psychology (supervised by O. Petechel).

Students of all courses of study of the Educational and Scientific Law Institute and the Law Department of Ivano-Frankivsk College are invited to participate in the work of this club.

One of the main ways to test students’ research results is their participation in competitions, contests and scientific conferences.

In order to improve the efficiency of educational and scientific work, the department actively maintains business and friendly relations with National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, V.M. Koretskyi Institute of State and Law and leading Ukrainian universities. Scientists of the department constantly act as reviewers of scientific publications, opponents in the defense of dissertations for the degree of doctor and PhD in Law.

The Department of Criminal Law carries out active international cooperation with foreign scientific, state and non-state institutions. Close scientific contacts are maintained with the Faculty of Law of the University of Opole (Poland), the Higher School of Security (Warsaw, Poland), and scientists of the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland).

Since 2008, the department has been implementing a grant project with the support of the Swiss Bureau for Development and Cooperation (Bern). The project envisages the development and experimental implementation of a three-level model of juvenile delinquency prevention in Ivano-Frankivsk based on a restorative approach to resolving criminal law conflicts. In order to ensure the implementation of the project and its implementation, the mayor issued an order dated June 27, 2008 on its support in Ivano-Frankivsk. As a result, for the first time in Ukraine, elements of a restorative approach to crime prevention policy were reflected in the Regional Targeted Crime Prevention Program for 2011-2015, approved by Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council on March 24, 2011.

  1. Fris, I. Medytskyi participated in international scientific and practical conferences abroad: in Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Yu. Mykytyn was in the internship at the Polish Mediation Center (Warsaw, 2006); within the framework of grant work in the field of restorative justice in June 2008 – at the Mediation Centers of the cities of Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland); became the winner of the ‘Open World’ program of the US Congress in the field of ‘Rule of Law’; in October 2009 he completed an internship in the United States.

In the framework of international cooperation, the department organizes speeches of famous scholars from foreign countries to teachers and students of the Law Institute. Among the guests, there were Jan Vidacki, Andrzej FryczModzewski, the scholars gave lectures for students of the Law Institute on the issues of modern assessment of crime and prospects for preventing it. In October 2011, Christoph Hugh, Professor of Criminology (Zurich, Switzerland) gave lectures to students of the Law Institute as well.