An introduction to Italian private law in a comparative perspective

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
- knowledge and understanding of the fundamental institutions of private law, including their general principles.
Expected learning outcomes
- ability to rework principles and rules of private law, and ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to specific cases;
- ability to systematically read and interpret legislation; autonomous capability to identify the rationale behind each rule;
- ability to effectively communicate and discuss (in English) topics of Italian private law;
- ability to apply the comparative method with regard to the divergences and convergences of major European legal traditions.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Content of the Course:
The course focuses on the fundamental features of Italian private law, from a comparative law perspective. In particular, the course will consider the following specific topics: sources of law and legal formants; "individuals" (natural persons) and "collective entities" (legal persons); family; succession; property, ownership and possession; contracts in general and nominate contracts; torts.
As regards duration, the course consists of 42 hours of lecture. As regards methodology, the Professor will devote a certain number of hours to introductory lectures; the remaining lecture hours will be dedicated to the discussion of specific cases (moot courts model), oral arguments on select topics and discussion of legal documents. Accordingly, during the course students will be required to submit a specific case to the class or, alternatively, to make oral arguments on specific topics chosen by the Professor.

Prerequisites: According to didactic regulation of the Course of Law, Private law, Constitutional law. Exceptionally, students who have not already passed the above mentioned courses may be allowed to attend the course and take the exam afterwards.

Didactic Methods: The course consists of 42 hours of lessons.

Exam: For non-attending students, the exam will consist of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of course topics, the understanding and acquisition of appropriate lexicon, and the ability to synthesize and rework general principles and rules.
Exams will be conducted in English.

The required text, for both attending and non-attending students, is: M. Cenini - R.E. Cerchia, Cases and materials in Italian Private Law, Milano, Giuffrè, 2016.
In addition, students may consult the official course website at for further information, materials and updates concerning the course. Username and password are those of Unimi webmail (

Erasmus students: There is no specific program for Erasmus students.
IUS/01 - PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Marchetti Carlo