Consumer law

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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 a una formazione giuridica specialistica, idonea all'inserimento in vari ambiti lavorativi.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course focuses on consumer protection in the Italian legal system. It aims to offer an in-depth analisys of consumer protection policies in Europe and Italy, considering the scope of a competitive market, that plays a fundamental role in the realization of fundamental human rights.
The lessons will focus on: the origins and evolution of European and Italian Consumer law; the regulation of competition as a "public good"; rules on commercial advertising and correct information; unfair commercial practices; provisions on product safety, quality and conformity; liability for defective products; consumer credit and over-indebtedness, mass contracts, sales and other contracts relevant to consumers, financial services, relations with public administrations, remedies and access to justice in individual and collective forms; alternative dispute resolution (ADR); the role of the Antitrust Authority, consumer associations, chambers of commerce and conciliation.
Prerequisites for admission
Private Law I and II are recommended
Teaching methods
Consumer law is set on 42 hours of lectures held by the Professor and it will take place in the second semester of the academic year
Seminars and practical classes will be held by researchers and phd-students in order to study, through case law and AGCM and ABF decisions, specific subjects covered by the course.
Teaching Resources
· L. Rossi Carleo (a cura di), Diritto dei consumi e dei consumatori, Torino, 2015
· A.Barenghi, Diritto dei consumatori, Padova, 2017
· G.Alpa - A. Catricalà, Diritto dei consumatori, Bologna, 2016
Assessment methods and Criteria
A written or oral test is provided for attending students at their choice. The written test consists of an essay on some topics of the program. The oral test consists of an interview to ascertain student's knowledge on consumer law.
For non-attending students only the oral test is provided.
IUS/01 - PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours