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The principle of Pettiness in the crimes against property and in the crimes against economic welfare: analyses of the rulings of the higher courts

Grant number: 10/19595-6
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2011 - February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Public Law
Principal Investigator:Pierpaolo Cruz Bottini
Grantee:Pierpaolo Cruz Bottini
Host Institution: Faculdade de Direito (FD). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The pettiness principle is an important rule for the interpretation of criminal law, in that it allows for the ruler to evaluate the crime-configuring properties of the action, as well as the lack of necessity to impose a sanction. As it is not a coded provision and since its application by the courts in the Brazil is not done according to standardized criteria, this research effort intends to identify the way in which the superior courts interpret the principle and to contribute with the theoretical clarification of its importance with respect to the foundations of minimum criminal law. (AU)

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