SEMINAR: Violence against women and gender justice

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will provide a grounding of the legal instruments (national, regional and international) pertaining to the contrast of violence against women and the prohibition of discrimination based on Gender, assured by national constitutional law, European Union law and the European Convention of Human Rights, Istanbul Convention and the international legal instruments.
By this legal ground, the course will examine a variety of cases also through a comparison with other relevant legal orders.
The course aims to provide to students all the tools necessary to deal with the topic of the course in a dynamic way.
Particular emphasis will be given to the discussion towards the most important law cases of European Court of Human Rights, with the additional aim of developing soft skills of critical analysis and argument.
Expected learning outcomes
In this view, by the end of this course students should be able to:
- Understand and evaluate critically legal issues regarding the principle of non-discrimination related specifically to violence against women;
- Have knowledge of the rules and mechanisms provided for by international courts and regional tribunals in order to deal with issues of Gender based violence;
- Get communication skills (written and oral) and use them also to argue with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of legal language.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The main topics mainly regard discriminations based on Gender and its relation with violence against women.
Analytical Program:
In particular, the course will be structured as following:

- Introductive lectures on the relation between discrimination against women and gender violence, also from an anthropological, psychological, sociological point of view);
- Violence against women as violation of human rights;
- Violence against women and intersectional discriminations;
- Violence against women and multiculturalism;
- Final conference with special guests and experts in violence against women from different sectors and backgrounds.

Erasmus students: No specific programmes for Erasmus students
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
The course is characterised by interdisciplinary approach and encompasses anthropology, psychology, sociology, as well as law (law cases analysis included). Furthermore, public law comparison is part of the teaching approach. Experts or operators with an extra juridical background join the teaching activity in some classes.

The classes are designed to be held as seminars: thus, the students will be warmly encouraged to take part in the debates and attendance is compulsory (min. 75%). Eventually, participation by students can comprehend in-class-presentation of relevant cases proposed by them.
At the end of the course, students should be capable of analysing problematic cases on Gender based violence and giving remedy and arguing from interdisciplinary point of view.
Teaching Resources
Judgments and documents edited by the teacher and published on the designated Ariel web platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination procedure will consist in a written test, with the maximum length of 90 minutes, at the end of the course.
The result (passed/NOT passed) will be communicated at the end the last class to each student.
IUS/08 - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Pellizzone Irene
Wednesday at 17.00
Room at ground floor, Department of Public Law