Danubius International Conferences, 2nd International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

The Criminal Liability of a Republic’s President

Crina Mihaela Verga
Last modified: 2012-06-22


The paper introduces, first of all, the concept of “criminal liability”, which determines the President’s impeachment in the event certain criminal deeds are committed. Then, in a distinct section, the paper analyzes the criminal liability of the head of state in parliamentary republics, with a focus on the constitutional decisions on the matter in Greece and Italy. The study finally considers the head of state’s criminal liability in semi presidential republics. The provisions from the Constitutions of several states – Romania, Austria, Portugal, and Finland – are mentioned and commented upon. The paper ends with several synthetic observations regarding the criminal liability of the head of state.