International insolvency law and sustainable development

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with a thorough understanding of the topics examined and a method of analysis apt to face the complex legal issues relating to cross-border insolvency proceedings
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students are expected to acquire:
·a knowledge and understanding of the legal issues concerning comparative and cross-border insolvency;
·the instruments by which knowledge and understanding could be applied to practical (real or moot) cases concerning cross-border insolvency proceedings;
·the instruments by which judgments can be made and an autonomous opinion on the possible solutions to legal issue concerning cross-border insolvency proceedings;
·communication skills, in terms of teaching how to use technical language and terms;
·lifelong learning skills in terms of general comprehension of the interaction between legal systems in the governance of cross-border insolvency proceedings.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The development of international commerce and the globalisation of economic relationships have promoted the wealth of nations but at the same time have increased the interdependence of the actors in the various sectors and of national economic systems. This interdependence has shown its downsides at the beginning of this century, when the collapse of Enron in the United States has involved many subsidiaries and branches in many countries, as well as other operators related with Enron's activities at various levels. Many other companies collapsed in the next few years, e.g. Parmalat, Budget Rent-a-Car, Swiss, Sabena, etc., with global reach and effects due to the wide territorial extension of their activities.

The crisis of the financial markets in 2008 brought about the collapse of several financial institutions, credit institutions and insurance undertakings, and increased the crisis of other industries. The cases are well known, from Lehman Brothers to Northern Rock, from Alitalia to La Seda Barcelona, from Nortel to Kaupthing and Fortis Bank, to Burani, and so on. This situation required a coordinated answer by the governments as concerns international financial help, supportive legislature and innovative insolvency procedures.

Indeed, at the end of the last century, the rationale of insolvency law had already started to change considerably with the enactment of restructuring and reorganisation procedures, which were considered a better response to the crisis of an undertaking than bankruptcy and liquidation, in so far as they permitted the continuity of the business and reduced job losses. In fact, the principal focus of modern insolvency legislation and business debt restructuring practices no longer rests on the liquidation and elimination of insolvent entities, but on the remodeling of the financial and organizational structure of debtors experiencing financial distress so as to permit the rehabilitation and continuation of their business. At a EU-level, an example of this new approach is the Commission Recommendation of 12 March 2014 on A new approach to business failure and insolvency

New legislation was approved in many countries and at international and regional level in order to meet the needs of the various industries vis-à-vis these trends and developments and to provide the best possible tools and means for cooperating internationally with the common goal of minimizing or at least reducing the effects of the crisis.

The course will be devoted to the analysis of such legislation and of the case-law that has developed in Europe (in particular, of EU Regulation 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings then replaced by EU Regulation 848/2015) and in some non-EU countries, in particular in the U.S., in cross-border insolvency cases.
- National legal systems on insolvency proceedings: a comparative perspective.
- The specific issues concerning cross-border insolvency proceedings.
- Pursuing shared solutions for the governance of cross-border insolvency proceedings: the UNCITRAL Model law.
- Insolvency proceedings within the EU: from Regulation No 1346/2000 to Regulation 2015/848 (EIR).
- The scope of application of the EIR.
- Jurisdiction pursuant to the EIR: main and secondary insolvency proceedings.
- Recognition of insolvency proceedings.
- The law applicable to insolvency proceedings and to insolvency-related issues.
Prerequisites for admission
Prior attendance of a course of private international law and/or insolvency law is recommended
Teaching methods
Classes will include an institutional part and a practical part. The latter will be focused on specific issues through the analysis of case-law and the study of moot cases. Active participation by students is highly encouraged and will be taken into account in final evaluations.
Teaching Resources
Cases and materials will be distributed during the course and are to be read in advance of each class.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam at the end of the course, aimed at verifying the acquisition by students of the notions of the course and students' ability to critically analyse and solve legal issues through the re-elaboration of the knowledge acquired and the evaluation of the cases addressed over the course.

Attendance is compulsory. Students will be required to attend at least 75% of classes to be able to sit the exam.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Tuesday 1.30 pm; during the first semester, Tuesday 10.15 am
Tuesday, 10,15
Sezione di Diritto internazionale e dell'Unione europea (formerly Istituto di diritto internazionale), ground floor