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Spain – The 1995 Penal Code and the Protection of the Environment

Spain – The 1995 Penal Code and the Protection of the Environment SPAIN The 1995 Penal Code and the Protection of Environment Carmen Plaza Martin* The new Spanish Penal Code came into force on 25 May 1996. This was not only one of the principal legal events of 1996, but it is also considered as one of the most important legal events in Spain since the establishment of the 1978 Constitution. The basic core of the former Penal Code was still rooted in that of the nineteenth century, which through the years had undergone considerable amendments following every significant change in the political history of Spain. As the Penal Code must protect the basic principles and values of social coexistence, it goes without saying that it must reflect accurately the contemporary values of society. Although after the establishment of the 1978 Constitution the Penal Code was significantly amended in 1983, 1985 and 1989, the deep political, social and economic changes that Spain has experienced in recent decades made a further fundamental reform necessary. Among the many innovations in Spanish criminal law which the new Code endorses, one of the areas which shows the changes of the Penal Code in relation to evolution of social values, which will be examined in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Spain – The 1995 Penal Code and the Protection of the Environment

European Public Law , Volume 3 (2) – Jun 1, 1997

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SPAIN The 1995 Penal Code and the Protection of Environment Carmen Plaza Martin* The new Spanish Penal Code came into force on 25 May 1996. This was not only one of the principal legal events of 1996, but it is also considered as one of the most important legal events in Spain since the establishment of the 1978 Constitution. The basic core of the former Penal Code was still rooted in that of the nineteenth century, which through the years had undergone considerable amendments following every significant change in the political history of Spain. As the Penal Code must protect the basic principles and values of social coexistence, it goes without saying that it must reflect accurately the contemporary values of society. Although after the establishment of the 1978 Constitution the Penal Code was significantly amended in 1983, 1985 and 1989, the deep political, social and economic changes that Spain has experienced in recent decades made a further fundamental reform necessary. Among the many innovations in Spanish criminal law which the new Code endorses, one of the areas which shows the changes of the Penal Code in relation to evolution of social values, which will be examined in

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Published: Jun 1, 1997

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