The course aims at developing the knowledge of the main notions concerning Regions and Local Authorities within the framework of the Italian decentralized government system. The course will be divided into two parts: a first part of the course (42 hours) will deal with the constitutional dimension, the organization and the functions of the Regions in the current structure of the Italian regional state. This first part will be borrowed from the course Regional Law (Law degree). The second part of the course (21 hours) will specifically focus on the law of local authorities and, in particular, to their institutional architecture, constitutional autonomy and assigned administrative functions. At the end of the course, the students will have an in-depth knowledge of the course topics. The students 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 features of the Italian regional system and of Local Authorities; · Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to read current events related to the Italian regional system, ongoing case law and pending constitutional reforms; · Making judgements: students shall acquire a critical approach on regional law issues that will allow students to assess the importance, but also the critical points, of the Italian regional decentralization; · 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: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The teaching program includes the following topics: - Federalism and regionalism; - Regionalism in the Italian constitutional experience; - The Regional Statutes and the form of Regional Government; - Legislative and regulatory autonomy; - Administrative autonomy; - Financial autonomy; - Special autonomies; - Constitutional Court case law; - Local authorities Law
Prerequisites for admission
To have passed the Constitutional law exam is required.
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of constitutional case-law).
For the first part of the course, among these suggested books, one of your choosing: P. Caretti, G. Tarli Barbieri, Diritto regionale, Giappichelli, Torino, the latest edition A. D'Atena, Diritto regionale, Torino, Giappichelli, the latest edition R. Bin, G. Falcon, Diritto regionale, Bologna, Il Mulino, the latest edition
For the second part of the course, attending students could study the course materials provided in class and made available on Ariel. For non-attending students the book suggested is: R. Di Maria, C. Napoli, A. Pertici, Diritto delle autonomie locali, Giappichelli, 2019, cap. I, II, IV, V, VI, VIII e IX.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Attending students will have to exclusively study the topics raised in class. These will correspond to the specific parts of the book indicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course. Furthermore, any work done during the course (report or competitive seminar) or written tests will contribute to the evaluation. The exam will be oral.