Aim of the course is to develop the knowledge of comparative constitutional law in theory and practice. In the first part, the course will offer theoretical overview of the methodology of comparative law and an historical development of the form of state and form of government. In the second part, the course will study some of constitutional systems aiming to investigate fundamental principles of constitutional law in comparative perspective. In the last part, the class will investigate relevant case law in comparative perspective. Class could be teach by some foreign Professors; knowledge of English is required. At the end of the course the student will have an in-depth knowledge of the course topics. The student will also acquire a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex legal issues.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding: students shall know the fundamental aspects comparative law methodology and historical development of comparative constitutional law - Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to understand the notions acquired during the course and to apply them to the current issues and ongoing case law in a comparative law perspective. - Making judgements: students shall be able to make accurate judgments on the main comparative constitutional law issues. Students shall be able to assess the importance, but also the critical points, of the comparative methodology; - Communication: students shall be able to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology; - Lifelong learning skills: students shall acquire good individual study skills
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The teaching program includes the following topics: History of comparative law; comparative methodology; rule of law and forms governments; vertical and horizontal separation of powers; comparative legal systems (particularly us constitutional law); comparative cases law.
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of comparative constitutional case-law)
Non attending students: 1. L. Violini (a cura di), Temi e Problemi di Diritto Pubblico Comparato, Maggioli editore, 2014. 2. G. Bognetti, La divisione dei poteri, Milano, Giuffrè 2001 (disponibile anche in inglese nella edizione curata da L.P. Vanoni e A. Baraggia con il titolo G. Bognetti, Dividing Powers. A theory of separation of powers, Milano, Wolters Kluver Cedam, 2017). 3. One Book between: L.P. Vanoni, Pluralismo religioso e Stato (post) secolare. Una sfida per la modernità, Torino, Giappichelli, 2016; e A. Baraggia, Ordinamenti giuridici a confronto nell'era della crisi: la condizionalità economica in Europa e negli Stati nazionali, Torino, Giappichelli, 2017.
Attending Students: 1. L. Violini (a cura di), Temi e Problemi di Diritto Pubblico Comparato, Maggioli editore, 2014. 2. un volume a scelta tra: L.P. Vanoni, Pluralismo religioso e Stato (post) secolare. Una sfida per la modernità, Torino, Giappichelli, 2016 e A. Baraggia, Ordinamenti giuridici a confronto nell'era della crisi: la condizionalità economica in Europa e negli Stati nazionali, Torino, Giappichelli, 2017.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral. The evaluation of the question will take into account, in addition to the acquisition of the contents of the teaching, the ability to organize the knowledge discursively, the capacity for critical reasoning, the quality of the exposure, the competence in the use of the proper lexicon. At the end of the class, attending students could be attending a written test on the arguments of the lessons. The written test will be considered as part of the final oral exam.
Analytical Program: Methodologies of comparison; constitutional history; separation of powers; forms of State and systems of government; constitutional systems of the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Spain.
Prerequisites for admission
The theoretical frontal lessons will be supported by slides.
1. G. Bognetti, La divisione dei poteri, 2 ed., Milano, Giuffrè, 2001; 2. R. L. Blanco Valdés, Introduzione alla Costituzione spagnola del 1978, 3 ed., (ed. M. Iacometti), Torino, Giappichelli, 2017. For the exam's preparation it's essential to learn the Constitutions of the United States, France (V Rep.) and Spain.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and it will assess the students' acquired skills in understanding the fundamental topics of the subject.