Aims of the course and expected results: - Knowledge and understanding of the subjects of the course. Students will be expected to demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding of EU transport law. - Ability to work with principles and provisions. Students will be expected to successfully apply the notions learnt during the course to practical cases, through the study of official documents of the EU and, in particular, the case law of the European Court of Justice. - Independent thinking. Students will be expected to convincingly debate and put forward arguments with respect to the subjects of the course. - Legal terminology skills. Students will be expected to express the knowledge acquired during the course in a coherent, well-argued fashion as well as with proper legal terminology. - Learning skills. Students will be expected to have acquired the basic skills to further develop and update their knowledge of EU transport law, by applying the legislative framework as well as the relevant case law, also at a national level.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be expected to have acquired: (i) an adequate knowledge and understanding of EU transport law; (ii) the ability to work with principles and legal rules, as well as to apply the notions learnt to practical cases; (iii) the ability to interpret the legal rules studied and to take properly argued and legally sound positions on the subjects of the course; (iv) a deep knowledge of the legal terminology related to EU law; (v) the basic skills to further develop and update their knowledge of EU transport law.
The course is divided in two parts. The first part aims at providing a general framework for the EU common policy concerning transports. The second part focuses on an in-depth analysis of the following issues: competition, safety and protection of passengers' fundamental rights. Competition-related issues will be dealt with under several viewpoints: a) the liberalization process, between International law and EU law; b) the EU's external relations; c) the analysis of the regulatory barriers to market entry; d) regulation and access to infrastructures. The course will subsequently analyze different aspects related to the subjects of safety and the protection of passengers' fundamental rights. In particular, the following issues will be covered: a) safety procedures at the international and EU level; b) the prevention of illegal acts. A strong focus will be reserved to the topic of the carriers' liability for accidents or bad service, and the protection of passengers at the international and EU level.
The abovementioned issues will be examined with particular reference to the air transport. Such issues will be analyzed through case studies, as well as through an assessment of the case law of EU and national courts.
Prerequisites for admission
The course of European Union Law (9 CFU) is preparatory. Students are not admitted to the exam if they don't have previously passed the exam of European Union Law.
The course will be taught mostly through lectures; they offer a complete picture of the topics above listed; attendance allows the development of the notions and competences required to pass the exam. Some of the lectures could be taken by scholars, lawyers, experts. Lectures may be supplemented by seminars and case studies, whose organisation will be reported to the students, so that they can participate. Attendance of the course is mandatory.
Preparation for the exam is mostly based on the content of the classes and on the additional materials handed out during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral, and the grade will be expressed in thirtieths (/30), with the possibility of attributing honors. The criteria for assessing the oral exam include the correctness of the contents, the clarity of the argumentations put forward, the ability to provide a critical analysis and to work with principles and notions.