Consumer law

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Expected learning outcomes
L'insegnamento mira a far conseguire agli studenti:
- conoscenza della disciplina in materia di diritto dei consumi e dei consumatori e capacità di comprensione dei principi generali ad essa sottesi;
- capacità di interpretazione delle norme del codice civile, del codice del consumo, della legislazione europea, nonché di individuazione della ratio di ciascuna disposizione;
- capacità di rielaborazione dei principi e delle regole oggetto di studio e di applicazione di tali conoscenze alle fattispecie concrete;
- capacità di esprimere le conoscenze acquisite con appropriato linguaggio giuridico, coerenza argomentativa, rigore sistematico;
- apprendimento adeguato ad una formazione giuridica specialistica, idonea all'inserimento in vari ambiti lavorativi.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Objectives of the course and expected learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to enable students to gain:
- a deep knowledge of the legislation on consumer law and of its general principles;
- ability to interpret Italian Civil Code provisions, Consumer Code provisions, European legislation, and ability to identify the ratio of each provision;
- ability to understand and to draw together the principles and rules concerning consumer law in order to apply them to case law;
- acquire appropriate legal language and the ability to synthetize information with systematic approach;
- acquire specialized legal knowledge suitable for inclusion in various fields of work.

Private Law I and Private Law II are deeply recommended.

Course contents and program
The course deals with the provisions direct to protect consumers in the Italian legal system. It provides a deep analysis of the consumer protection policies in Europe and Italy, in a contest in which a n important goal is to reach a truly competitive market, that has a main role in the realization of the fundamental rights of the person.
Analyzing the fundamental principles of consumer law, the course is aimed at giving a diachronic perspective of the legal instruments direct to protect consumers' interest. In particular the course will be focused on the origins and the evolution of European and Italian consumer law; competition discipline as "public good"; rules on commercial advertising and correct information; unfair commercial practices; the provisions on safety, quality and conformity of the products; liability for defective product damages; consumer credit and over-indebtedness phenomenon, mass contracts, sales and other relevant consumer contracts, financial services, relations with public administrations, remedies and access to justice; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); the role of the Antitrust Authority, Consumer Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Conciliation.

Didactic Methods
The Consumer and Consumer Law course consists of 45 hours of lectures held by the Professor and will take place in the second semester of the academic year.
Seminars and practical classes will be held in order to study, through case law, specific subjects covered by the course.

Texts and teaching material (for attending students)
Class notes and material given during the lessons.

Texts and teaching material (for non-attending students)
· L. Rossi Carleo (a cura di), Diritto dei consumi e dei consumatori, Torino, 2015
in alternativa:
· A.Barenghi, Diritto dei consumatori, Padova, 2017

Assessment methods
For attending students the exam consist, at choice, in a written or oral test.
The written test consists in written paper on some of the topics of the program, to be discussed with reference to practical issues.
The oral test consists of an interview aimed at aimed at ascertaining the students' knowledge of the subjects of the course, their understanding, the
acquisition of appropriate language, the ability to synthesize.
For non-attending students, the exam consists only in the oral test.

Other useful information
Further information and updates will be available by visiting the Department's website and / or the Ariel website of the Professor.

Reception hours
Every Wednesday from 12.30 am at the Department of Civil Law and History of Law.
IUS/01 - PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 45 hours