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Learning Objectives

The course intends to make students familiar with the fundamentals of public law through a comprehensive introduction to the Italian legal system, the European one and the global environment. The structure of the legal systems and legal orders, as well as the fundamentals of public law, will be analyzed. The course will offer a deep knowledge of
fundamental rights, administrative law and procedures, regulation and public finance.

Students - also through a personal in-depth study of cases and reading of materials - will be able to read and interpret doctrinal texts, legislation and case studies, thus becoming
familiar with the main tools for understanding public law.

Students will be provided with a basic level of critical thinking on public law, also in a practical perspective.

Students will be asked to read public law in context, also by comparing different jurisdictions.

Students will discuss in the class cases, materials and statutes, becoming familiar with legal vocabulary and tools, necessary in order to develop communicative skills on legal

The course provides students with basic methodology and the foundational notions of public law and legal sciences, necessary for subsequent studies in Masters degree as well
as for first pratical implementation.




Issues of methods in legal studies
The Legal Systems: Civil and Common Law
Origins and features of the Nation-State
Domestic and International Public Law
Federalism and regionalism
Legal orders relationships: a) the European Union legal system
Legal orders relationships: b) the European Convention of Human Rights
Legal orders relationships: c) the Global arena
Legal orders relationships: d) transnational patterns
Forms of government – separation of powers
The Constitutional State: sources of law
Patterns of constitutional review of the legislation
Fundamental rights and freedoms (I)
Fundamental rights and freedoms (II)
Administrative law and administrative agencies: a) rule of law
Administrative law and administrative agencies: b) administrative proceedings
Administrative law and administrative agencies: c) remedies
The regulatory State


Students attendig classes:
1. Textbook: Masterman - Schutze, The Oxford Companion to comparative Constitutional Law, Cambridge 2019 (selected chpaters as pointe out in the annula syllabus)

2. Required materials and Readings circulated in class (as pointed out in the annual Syllabus)

Students not attending classes:
Textbook: Masterman Schutze, The Oxford Companion to comparative Constitutional Law, Cambridge 2019 (whole text)


A. Buratti, Western Constitutionalism. An Introduction, Giappichelli, 2016

Teaching methods

36 hours, 18 classes, two hours each, during the first semester, thrice a week.

Exam Rules

Learning outcomes are assessed for students attending classes, through a written exam (40% weight), and an oral final exam (60% weight). Active participation on class will be consdiered in the course of the oral exam.
Students who passed the written exam will be allowed to take the oral exam in the course of any call of the same A.Y.