The Role of Public Administration in Enhancing Equitable and Sustainable Development

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The FIRST MODULE is intended to provide students with a general knowledge of the organizational and procedural modules applied by national and international public administrations.
Attention will be drawn, especially, to:
- the notion and meaning of public administration: in a historical and comparative law perspective;
- the organizational structure of Public administration: best possible allocation of competences, according also to the principle of subsidiarity;
- public administration and administrative procedure: the role of administrative procedure in order to assure an open, efficient and independent administration, providing developmental opportunities for society and preventing discrimination and the phenomena of corruption.
The SECOND MODULE deals with a very important branch of administrative law: environmental law, with a primary focus on the EU context. The aim is to provide a fundamental understanding of the administrative tools of environmental law, their legal basis and the available methods of enforcement.
The THIRD MODULE specifically addresses the issue of digitalization of the public administration and e-government and delves into the problem of how to provide for a legal framework fostering e-government effectiveness while, at the same time, ensuring cost-effectiveness and adequate protection of the fundamental rights involved.
Expected learning outcomes
The first module provides students with the basics of administrative law. Thanks to this module students will be able to correctly identify the very notion of public administration and understand the fundamental concepts of administrative organization and administrative procedure. Students will also learn what are the essential principles that guide public administrations and therefore what are the fundamental rules that regulate their activities.
The second module aims at providing students with the essential tools for understanding European environmental policies. In particular, students at the end of the course will be able to evaluate the different modes of action of the European and national administrative authorities in environmental matters, evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of each measure in relation to the objective pursued.
The third module provides students with a perspective on future developments in administrative law. Thanks to this knowledge, students will be able to understand how the administration can take advantage of the new possibilities offered by digital technologies to be more efficient and effective, in particular by promoting a more sustainable administrative action thanks to more efficient use of resources, both internal and external.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Module I: Introduction to Administrative Law and its Basic Concepts (Prof. Galetta - 21 hours)
· Introduction
· The concept of Public Administration
· Administrative procedure
· Administrative acts
· Rule of law, Good Governance and Sustainable Development
· How to enhance Sustainable Development? The Administrative Law Perspective
Module II: Digitalization of Public Administration (Prof. Galetta - 21 hours)
· introduction
· The concept of E-Government and its tools
· Dematerialization and archiving of Public Administration documents
· Administrative Information Management and E-Government
· Open government
Module III: EU Instruments of Environmental Governance (Prof. Carullo - 21 hours)
· The role of environmental law in the EU Treaties
· EU Environmental Governance tools
· EU environmental law principles
· The environmental impact assessment
· The strategic environmental assessment
· The protection of air
· The protection of water
· Waste management in EU legislation
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Lectures with active involvement of students in the discussion of the various topics covered.
Teaching Resources
1) H. Jans; H.H.B. Vedder, European Environmental Law (Third Edition), Social Science Research Network, Rochester, NY, 2008, chapters I and II only
2) P. Craig,‎ H. Hofmann,‎ J.-P. Schneider (Eds.), ReNEUAL Model Rules on EU Administrative Procedure,‎ 2017, Oxford, Books 1-4 (…).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will take place in the form of an oral examination. The exam will evaluate the knowledge acquired by the student and his or her ability to properly present the topics covered in class. During the course, students will also be asked to demonstrate their communication and comprehension skills, in particular through participation in the classroom and through individual presentations.
IUS/10 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
Monday, 3:00 PM, upon e-mail registration
Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law
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